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The Alchemy of Colours

In the realm of art, where creativity meets profound expression, Karu Titas stands as a luminary, an incredible artist whose journey has become an indelible part of Bangladesh’s rich artistic heritage. Karu Titas, an exceptional artist and one of the senior figures in Bangladesh’s art community, stands as a testament to the power of artistic expression and its profound impact on society. His journey, from the hallowed halls of academic institutions to the quietude of his studio, weaves a narrative that transcends time and tradition.

Born into the realm of art, Karu Titas found his early footing in the prestigious Charukola. His educational odyssey continued as he pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Rajshahi University, laying the foundation for a career that would later redefine the contours of Bangladeshi art. Further refining his skills, Karu Titas earned a Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) from Dhaka University, where the seeds of his artistic brilliance were nurtured.

Karu Titas’s artistic journey is a tale of inspiration drawn from the masters. Vincent Van Gogh, an iconic figure in the art world, left an indelible imprint on Karu Titas’s creative psyche. The echoes of Van Gogh’s influence reverberate through Karu Titas’s work, serving as a source of inspiration and a guiding force in his artistic evolution.

The mediums of acrylic and watercolor serve as Titas’s chosen avenues for artistic expression. Among them, watercolor holds a special place, becoming his most beloved medium for painting. In addition to traditional canvases, Titas has explored the world of ceramics during his student years, showcasing the depth of his creative versatility.

A wanderer at heart, Titas’s love for travel is intricately woven into his artistic process. His nomadic adventures serve as a wellspring of inspiration, offering him diverse landscapes, cultures, and experiences to translate onto his canvases. Rajshahi, a city entrenched in history and natural beauty, holds a special allure for him, providing the perfect backdrop for his artistic endeavors. Despite his profound impact on the art scene, Titas remains an enigmatic figure. A shy soul who prefers the solitude of creation over the limelight of exhibitions and social interactions, he once remarked, “মানুষ শুধু আমার দুটো ছবি মনে রাখলে, তাতেই আমি সাথর্ক” (If people remember just two of my paintings, that’s enough for me). For Karu Titas,

it’s not about quantity but the lasting impact on those who encounter his art.

Leading a remarkably simple life, Titas’s extraordinary work breathes life into the canvas. His paintings, vibrant and versatile, capture every nuance of nature.

From the serene beauty of landscapes to the intricate details of everyday life, Titas’s art transcends the confines of paper.

He transforms ordinary objects like shopping bags and leaves into canvases, breathing life into the mundane. One of Titas’s thematic highlights is the enchanting season of monsoon.

“Monsoon is my favorite season, and I really like to travel via water.

These exhibits are the results of my trips to different parts of the country through rivers,” he shared. His art becomes a visual symphony, echoing the mesmerizing beauty of rivers, boats, fishermen, fishing nets, and the simple yet profound lifestyle of the people. Titas, the son of the eminent sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini, carries the artistic legacy forward with grace.

His watercolor washes on handmade papers exude tranquility, capturing not just scenes but the impressions left on his mind during his journeys.

Each stroke becomes a portal to the artist’s soul, inviting viewers to explore the depths of his perceptions and experiences.

In a world inundated with complexities, Karu Titas’s art offers a respite—a glimpse into simplicity, a celebration of life’s intricate beauty. His legacy transcends the canvas, becoming a narrative of a life dedicated to art, travel, and the pursuit of timeless expressions. In Titas’s world, every stroke is a brush with elegance, and every canvas becomes a testament to the essence of life captured with unparalleled grace.

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D N Chandni

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