Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Priyanka Bhatt | Writer
UNSEEN 2.0 is an unconventional form of exhibition which is a digital art exhibition curated by Platform For Artists . This enables artists across the country to participate, showcase their work and connect with like minded people. The entire idea is to broaden the scope of exposure which the artists would probably not get at an offline event. We have sixty diverse artists from across the country who are a part of this one of it's kind art exhibition.
Here is a set of questions team Platform For Artists asked Priyanka about her everyday routine, her art interests and more.
Tell us about yourself.
I am an English teacher, poet and writer. Nurtured solely by my mother, I have witnessed many tempests in my life. After completing my Masters in English from the University of Calcutta, I was badly stuck in my nine to five job. Long working hours, impolite behavior of the colleagues, dark looks, frowned faces, and subdued murmurs almost suffocated my dreams. Unable to cope, I was searching for a way to escape this drudgery. Getting support from my mother, I left my job and began my journey of exploration.
My readers praise me saying that my lines are beautifully penned.
Little do they know that they are just painfully penned.
Writing gives me happiness; it enhances my confidence. I write almost all the time when I am not teaching my students. It helps me to form new relationships with the characters I choose to write about. I have even authored three English guidebooks, based on ICSE and ISC syllabus that are read by thousands of students in my hometown, Kolkata. Immense love from my children gives me hope amid desolation.
My new book Minuscules, a collection of micro tales and short stories, explores myriad of themes like romance, unrequited proposals, love, loss, betrayal, social and political issues, femininity, patriarchy, everyday life, and war. They are conveyed, not in an explicit manner, but through hints and suggestions. The brevity of the tales acts as a deception. What appears to be a tiny story is actually a narrative full of multiple interpretations.
I hope to continue my creative exploration and write more and more, for my readers, for myself. I have found my antidote to pain and trauma in writing. The flaws that have formed a permanent residence inside me, I love them all. The scars that make me more humane, I love them all. I own them with all my tears and all my smiles.
Your thoughts keep me awake on some nights.
I toss and turn, with no comfort around.
And then, I remember,
how I made it here.
What are your art interests?
I believe that any form of expression is both powerful and beautiful. I like music, literature, dance, and spoken word. I also prefer spoken word which is gaining popularity in today’s time.
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?
Art, in any form, embodies society’s changing face through the ages. Our country is the home to numerous forms of art and craft. We feel blessed to be born in such a diversified place. The roots of Indian art are entrenched very deep and they have been influencing generations after generations. I feel in the recent years, art has undergone a tremendous change. Abstract forms have gained more importance. The growth of independent artists is another major milestone. More and more people with artistic pursuits have found Internet to be an effective medium to display their art. They have easy access to a variety of mediums like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Poets, writers, painters, illustrators find it easy to upload their works online. This way, they can reach out to more and more people. Previously, it was not possible but now it is. Poetry that remained backdoor is now enjoying accolades and appreciation, thanks to social media. The growing importance of spoken word poetry is a great enhancer for mental well being. I hope this way, art continues to create a sense of beauty and explore the nature of perception.
What are you working on currently?
At present, I am working on my fifth book which will be a collection of poetry, spread over five phases- struggling, withering, falling, rising, and blossoming. I wish to publish it this year.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration can come from anywhere and from anyone. I get my inspiration from my mother who taught me to fight the tempests of life, the old lady who lives alone next door but never forgets to feed the stray dogs, my friend who is a doctor, who treats everyone alike, without discriminating between the rich and the poor. Common people, who believe in a better world, inspire me immensely.
Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?
I would be interested to collaborate with anyone who has a positive personality and a creative bent of mind, someone who believes in his/her vision.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do when I wake up is I search for my glasses. Then wishing my mother good morning, I sit quietly for some time. I do this every day. This helps me to focus on the various tasks that I need to complete in a day.
Which is the most used app in your phone?
Instagram is the most used app in my phone. YourQuote is the second one. However, Facebook doesn’t lag behind much.
Which is the one song you can’t get out of your head?
I would actually say two. One is Scars to Your Beautiful, a song by Alessia Cara and the other is Agar Tum Saath Ho, a beautiful song from Tamasha.
You de-stress by?
Travelling acts as a nice break from the mundane monotony. I listen to music, scribble, read a book, and occasionally rant in front of the mirror to de-stress.
You can check more of her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/
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