Indian painter challenges local counterparts

26Nov 2017
James Kandoya
Guardian On Sunday
Indian painter challenges local counterparts

A young vibrant Indian painter Viveek Sharma has highlighted the need of Tanzanian painters to use fine arts to define the features of the nation's civilisation and values in spiritual, political and social richness as Indians do.

Arthur Mattli, ambassador and representative of Switzerland to the East African Community (EAC)

Sharma, who was born in 1968 in Mumbai has received considerable acclaim in India and several global centres due to intricate use of form, colour and texture, the range of the themes and styles as well as dexterity in dealing with them.

The exhibition ’Equilbrium’ – Solo Show that kicked off from November 17 and ends tomorrow captures the essence of spirituality and reflection which are defining features of Indian civilization and values.

Interviewed by The Guardian at the Indian High Commission,  Sharma said  Tanzania has a number of features that show spirituals, political as  well as social richness.

He said unfortunate painters in the country have not fully utilised them for their own and wider betterment of the people.

“Paints are important to demonstrate peace, fight for freedom and change for the better. This should be the major role of all painters in their respective countries as it is the case in India,” he observed.

Sharma said in one of his walks, he met Tanzanian men and women with beautiful faces and natural colour similar to   other parts in the world. Local painters could be proud of it and make drawings, he posited.

“I need to interact and share with painters in the country, students pursuing fine arts and young students on how we can do best to promote our culture and values in the form of paints,” he asserted.


Elaborating, Sharma said India had centuries –old connections with East Africa in particular Tanzania, which is reflected in the life, art, culture, language, food and in so many other ways.

He explained that an artist has the power to redefine as well as bend notions of time and space; the concepts become contextual to the stories being told, as artist's quest leads him inward, even as he explores his external environment.

Arthur Mattli, ambassador and representative of Switzerland to the East African Community (EAC), said the aim of the exhibition was to provide room for interaction with local artists, university students pursuing fine arts as well as primary and secondary students to share experience.

He said through interaction between them, they can learn more and gain knowledge from the experienced painter who has received considerable acclaim in India and several global centres.

 “Switzerland is extremely privileged to organise the exhibition in collaboration with the Indian High Commission. We call on students, local artists to visit the exhibition to exchange and share knowledge,” he said.

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