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May 27, 2024
Art & Culture

Black and Light and Colour


Shish Gumbad 

Nita Banerji took up painting and drawing over three decades ago and has been affirming her skills ever since. She started by teaching herself watercolour painting, then went on to colour pencils. Now she also works with pen and ink (literally, a dip pen).

For Nita, everything she sees is worth seeing, worth really looking at, even worth staring at. That’s how she manages to capture these sights in such fine detail, allowing the viewer to see each one over and over again and to experience all the attendant reactions and feelings. Her eye is caught by a wide variety of subjects, from the mundane to the sublime.

While the pandemic changed almost everything about life as we knew it, Nita kept going. She had Covid twice, but as soon as she recovered – and sometimes even before that – she was back at work, holding her breath as she dabbed a blob of paint here or added a few strokes of the pencil there. There might not be much food ready for lunch when Nita is at work, but there will surely be another work of art in the making.


Nita Banerji lives with her husband in Chandigarh.

Ferozeshah Kotla 
Gada Shah’s Shop Watercolour
Pears thank you 
Parked car 
Jami Masjid from Asharfi Mahal 
4 peaches
Dhar Fort 

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