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Paint-O-Poetry – Art that holds deeper meaning

06 Jan 2019 04:39am IST

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06 Jan 2019 04:39am IST

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Dr Guruprasad Kapadi, a dental surgeon by profession, is organising a two-day painting exhibition in honour of late Adv Satish Sonak, to support the cause of the differently abled. Café finds out more

“When colours come in contact with the canvas, the artist

becomes silent and the moment is lived,” says Dr Kapadi, A dentist, artist, poet, social worker, who is holding an exhibition of his works, titled ‘Paint-O-Poetry’, in honour of late Adv Satish Sonak. Dr Guruprasad Krishna Kapadi, a dentist surgeon by profession, believes in taking pride in one’s talent rather than suppressing it in order to pursue one’s profession, taking pride in his love for art and poetry. He creatively opened his mind to his passion when he was in his late 40s, a journey that took him along the path of art as well as social work.

Being a social worker to help those in need was a goal that was achieved by Dr Kapadi. He has initiated several projects to help the differently abled and the less affluent and played a pivotal role in setting up Keshav Seva Sadhana School for Special Children at Bicholim. And effective and heart-warming way in which has reached out to the needy is by using his own hobby of art and poetry to raise funds. The funds are generated through solo art exhibitions conducted by him.

Similarly, on January 5, 6, 2019, he will be conducting an exhibition of his paintings, titled, ‘Paint-o-Poetry’ at Kala Academy. Dr Kapadi’s most recent works will be showcased there. The painting exhibition has been organised to support the cause of the differently abled. ‘Paint-o-Poetry’ also pays tribute to late Adv Satish Sonak, a fearless crusader who firmly contributed truth to the society with his uniform writings. He enrolled in social work by taking charge of objectives of the transgender, and disabled people. Dr Kapadi recounts how late Mr Sonak stood as a pillar, aiding the Vanarmare tribe. “We remember him as a man who helped others and made their troubles his own,” says Dr Kapadi.

He believes that his interest in art flows in his blood. “I’ve always had a passion for art and music. My father was a professional artist; in my young days, I was inspired by my father’s paintings.” Now that he has developed his craft, Dr Kapadi has learnt to divide his time between work, art and social service.

It was an honour for Dr Kapadi when he had the opportunity to give a piece of his art to the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (the then President of India). Currently, most of his paintings are exhibited at Nirmalya, his yet-to-be-inaugurated art gallery in Bicholim.

Painting is always known as the most creative visual art that can describe a million words and Dr Kapadi keenly expresses himself through his art. For him painting is a solidification of medication in known form where the colours, brush and canvas are silent. The stroke of brush when the colours come in contact with canvas is a form of harmony that brings out the artist’s thoughts and emotions. “The artist becomes silent, the moment is lived,” he asserts.

Similarly, when it comes to penning down words, poetry, for him, is a language that starts as a feeling and grows into a thought, which then grows louder into words that are written down to let another individual relate to their own story. “Human life is poetry to me,” Dr Kapadi expresses, enfolding his experience with poetry as a flow and rhythm with diverse colours and shades.

Apart from his regular art exhibitions, Dr Kapadi has his own song album CD that contains eight songs that have been composed by him, with music by Ashok Patki and vocals by renowned artistes from Mumbai. Twenty-five per cent of the income was given to Keshav Seva Sadhana School.

The initiative behind Paint-O-Poetry is a humble effort to have an ultimate point of contact and Dr Kapadi looks forward to a positive outcome that will address the needs of the deprived.

He concludes that the present generation should sensitise their minds towards issues of others and make this society a beautiful place to dwell in harmony.

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