Mind over matter

first_imgThis may be his debut solo art show but 24-year-old Pallav Chander is not new to the world of arts. He has regaled many an audience with his portrayal of a woman in the play Mahim Junction, has created larger-than-life sets for his other theatrical productions and been a witness to India’s contemporary art scene as the only child to Kanchan Chander, a well-known artist of our times.It’s no wonder then, that even for his debut art show, titled Decoding A Dyslexic Mind that will be held at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from March 1 till March 6, 2014, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pallav shows a remarkable confidence in the autobiographical 35-odd works which include oils on canvas, acrylic on canvas and paperworks. Transcending mediums and genres – he has created textural, semi-abstract figurative works and abstracts too.  Chander’s imagination is inspired by mainly one theme – his own life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’That he is dyslexic and a large part of his work features hands is Chander’s may not be ‘a direct message to not consider dyslexics as abnormal’, but Pallav does concede that he was the brunt of many taunts as a school-going child and Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par did ‘help me a lot’. As art curator Roobina Karode writes in the catalogue essay: ‘Decoding a dyslexic mind is about a particular mind, about Pallav Chander, a young artist who, one fine day snapped out of memories of his uncomfortable school days and grew up to do what he enjoyed the most- make art. While still in school, Pallav had experienced a certain lack of speed in comprehending and writing and these grasping difficulties instilled a certain anxiety towards social interaction and team work in the classroom. As he came to be aware of his disability, but had not yet learnt to come to terms with being dyslexic, he shied away from people, often due to peer pressure and the fear of being judged. With his mother’s constant effort and encouragement Chander was first introduced to performing arts and theatre workshops in the city, and this brought a gradual but dramatic change in his persona, as he had to be on stage and give his role the required emotion in front of an audience. His appetite for the arts was reinforced by his experiences doing theatre.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Of course it was tough as a dyslexic child, and all these works are almost autobiographical. Not only do they reflect my present state of mind but also my growing up years after my parents separated.  Hands came into my work from my experiences in the UK. Each and every hand for me is like a memory, a moment from my life which I would want to remember,’ says Chander.WHERE: Visual Arts Gallery, IHC (till 6 March); Passage Art, Khan Market (7 March to 31 March)last_img

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