Interview – Nabaneeta Nanda

First of all tell us something about yourself, where are you from, about your family, your childhood, if you have any other profession.

I am Nabaneeta Nanda, from West Bengal. My father is an electrician and mother is a housewife. My brother is in Mumbai for his PhD.

My childhood is not something extraordinary, but there are some memorable moments. From the beginning, I loved drawing. Back then, it was just a hobby. After that it grew and became my passion. Now, I am in Haldia Institute of Management, Department of Optometry.

Due to some difficulties, I could not finish my Bachelors in Fine Arts.

How did you start painting? What pulled you to the art form that you practice?

I have loved art since I was a kid. I used to paint all the time. Everywhere, in my homework copies, in book covers, floor, walls. As I grew up, I became more and more passionate about art. Mostly, I used to sketch any portrait from the magazines, newspapers. My teacher at my early childhood helped me a lot too.

How did you teach/ train yourself?

I started drawing from a very young age. I was trained by my childhood drawing teacher and later my college teachers. I practiced different art styles, tried my hands at different methods. First I used to draw by copying an existing thing. Later, I started putting my own ideas in my art. Slowly, with continuous practice, I developed my skills.

What influence has Art had in your life?

Art has impacted my life in many ways. It improved my thinking ability, developed my observation skills. My vision of posture has changed. Creating an artwork also taught me a lot about life in general. I think every painting has a part of the artist in it.

How do you see yourself as an artist in the future, what are your  plans?

There is no such plan right now, but in the future I will try to bring art into my profession. Now I do art to find my own mental peace and improve my abilities. I’ll keep sharing my artwork by whatever available ways.

Tell us something about the style of your paintings, the genre and why did you choose this style?

I tried a lot of styles in painting. Most of all I prefer two styles: one is sketching and another is Indian style of painting. I’m also working on water colour landscapes. I want to focus in the Indian style of painting, because this kind of art is so bright and eye-catching. By this art I want to present the heritage of our country.

Any advice for future aspiring artists?

I want to tell the future aspiring artists of our country that work hard, don’t give up hope, and work with an open mind. Art will never disappoint you.


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