Charan Sharma (B. 1950)
"The language of the paintings is direct and simple. Their colors, lines and forms are also simple. And there is a mood - which, like music, leads on to beauty. These experiences are my own. They are rooted in the soil. Whatever I have experienced is exploding on my canvas like a celebration of life and joy."
Born in the town of Nathadwara, Rajasthan in 1950, Charan Sharma obtained his Masters of Art in Drawing and Painting from the University of Udaipur there in 1974, after obtaining a Bachelor?s degree in another field and finding that it was not his calling. He later studied graphics at the Sir J.J. School of Arts in Mumbai, obtaining a postgraduate diploma on the completion of this course in 1976.
Growing up in a state like Rajasthan, it is no surprise that its rich architectural heritage has finally shown up on Sharma?s canvases. And there is no doubt that these grand interiors of palaces and forts he paints are but a reflection of the many ?darbars? and ?mahals? that are such a common sight in Rajasthani cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur.
Also to this artist?s credit are several books that he has designed, illustrated or shot photographs for, like the biographical work on J Krishnamurthy titled "The Thousand Moons". Sharma has also directed a film on his hometown of Nathadwara called "AsthakeAscharya."