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Curated By Vikas Gupta Curated By Vikas Gupta

from 6th to 15th October 2012 By from 6th to 15th October 2012 By
Kanwal Nayan Kapoor
Shabd Rang
Art has ability to inspire us and to move us. Art can also be used as tool to make
palpable differences in the society. Art can be used as a medium to public dialogue
that can contribute the development of community's creative thinking. Believing in
the fact that it can happen, we have arranged many significant exhibitions, which
have been held in high esteem by the people of the region. The present exhibition
'Shbad Rang The Alchemy of Painting and Poetry by Dr. Kanwal Nayan Kapoor
provides a great opportunity to see painting and poetry in a very different notion.
I congratulate Dr. Kanwal Nayan Kapoor, who is renowned poet and play writer of
the region, for his great effort to express his thoughts and ideas in the medium of
colours. I wish him all the best in life.
Chander Sharma
Haryana Kala Parishad
Multi Art Cultural Centre
Chander Sharma
Vishav Deepak Trikha
Vishav Deepak Trikha
Dy. Director-cum-Incharge
Haryana Kala Parishad
Multi Art Cultural Centre
The exhibition 'Shbad Rang - The Alchemy of Painting and Poetry' by Dr. Kanwal Nayan
Kapoor is a showcase of the paintings and poetry in which each painting is exhibited
with a poem based on the painting. This exhibition is an experiment in the field of visual
art. Dr. Kapoor is renowned poet, novelist and play writer from our region. He credited
almost 30 books included plays like Panchi Tirtham, Shav Puja, Prakriti Parav, Chhaya
Purush, Hashiya and his poetry books included Bonniyan Kiran aur Udaas Gulmohar,
Ek Smandar Mere Andar, Bodhisatav, Murkh Hone Ka Sukh etc. He is recipient of the
Mahakavi Sur Samman from Haryana Sahitya Akademi for his contribution to Hindi
Literature. It gives me immense pleasure to know that he also preserved his time and
energy in the stream of painting.
We take pride in pursuing an exhibition of his paintings and poetry which have stimulated
such admiration owing to their unique balance between visual representation and poetic
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Kapoor's personal conviction and determination as well as his comment on social issues find reflection is his
pl ays. Hi s pl ays i ncl udes Panchi Ti r t ham ( 1988) , Shav Puj a ( 2000) , Pr kr i t i Par av
(2000), Chhaya Purush (2009), Hashiya (2011) and his collection of small Plays included Yatra aur Yatra
(1978), Katha Lanka Dehan Ki (1985), Jal Ghar (1987), Rakta Jivi (1988) and Aao Mere Sath (1990).
Kapoor's collection of poems includes Bonniyan Kiran aur Udas Gulmohar (1976), Ek Smandar Mere Andar
(2001), Kissa Kamli Da (2009), Bodhisatav (2010), Murkh Hone Ka Sukh ( 2010). His book of poems Kissa Kamali
Da is a controversial book as he claims that the book is culmination of a sufi soul dictating him more than 200
verses for a month in a language unknown to him. That language is the 300 year old language of Multan.
Kapoor Has a deep interest in Indian mythology and theology, which is evident in his book Idam Shareeram
(1994), in which he transform the shlokas of Srimad Bhagwad Geeta in to the poetry. Later he also write Shri Durga
(1998) and Upanishad Shri (2003) in which he transform the nine Upanishad in to the hindi verses is really a one of
hissignificant work. Apart from this he also edited the books like Chala Hans Shunya ki Aur (2005), Sumiran (2007)
Kanwal Nayan Kapoor also known for performance based on long poems (Poetry Performance)
Throughout his life, he experimented a lot in the field of drama in various ways in varied perspectives.

Kapoor is the recipient of Mahakavi Sur Samman from Haryana Shatiya Akademi for his contribution to the Hindi
poetry, 2010. He is also recipient of Rashtriya Hindi Seva Sahstrabadi Samman at Sahstrabadi Vishav Hindi
Sammelan, 2000. He is also honored by various theater and literary groups i.e. Indian Arts Revival Group,
Chandigarh, 1969. Kala Smriti, Punjab, 1979. Haryana Pradeshik Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Gurgaon, 1984.
9 August, 1944, Rawalpindi ( Pakistan)
M.A. in Hindi Literature from Delhi University, 1967.
Ph.D in Hindi Literature from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
Literary Journey
Contact : House NO. 6, Professor Colony, Yamuna Nagar Tel. 01732-226333, 9896033903 (M)
Shabd Rang
The Alchemy of Painting & Poetry
Near Gulzari Lal Nanda Samark, Eastern Side of Brahma Sarovar, Kurukshetra - 136118
The art today be it literary or visual is cornucopia of conflicting ideas, issues and ideologies. The idea of making 'Shabd
Rang' by Kanwal Nayan Kapoor is to bring together the two different medium, painting and poetry on a same stage. In that
experiment both the painting and poetry emerged out of their boundaries. Kanwal Nayan Kapoor is the multi-faceted
artist in the sphere of art and literature. He is an adept poet, dramatist and short story writer. In all art forms he repeatedly
and boldly experiments with new forms and styles. His extensive and creative artistic journey marked by constantly
evolving phases from poetry to painting.
He goes deep in the process of making of his painting and in doing so, he try to explore the visual medium of expression.
He is unaware of contemporary trends in painting, which gives a certain kind of versatility to his expression. He depicts the
symbolic images in his paintings derived from the imagery and symbolism evoked in his poems. As he said I start a
painting with a combination of several images from a poem. Discovery and suggestion from my imagination emerge
during the painting process and are a supplement to the poetry. The result has the intrinsic value of both poem and
Most of his paintings included here a testimony to diversity. Content of painting is allegorical, full of metaphor,
connotation and ambiguity. In his painting 'Mool Tatva' he painted the upside down banyan tree with a red circle in the
roots symbolized the 'jadmool Brahma' and the tree is our material world that is constantly changing. In 'Ankuran' he
paints the blossoming of the flower in between rocks, In 'Shavas' he depicted drops on the leaves as ephemeral breaths.
In 'Jeevan 2' he tries to depict fragrance of flower among the million thrones, In 'Jeevan 3' he paints a lonely rock
standing in pin-drop silence is about our own life, in which we stand in stillness knowing nothing about the aim and the
way where to go. In 'Aag' he tries to paint fire in the bold brush strokes is about the eternal fire, outwardly-inwardly, going
through which he burnt himself so many times but he wish to do the same again and again. All these paintings have some
abstract or concrete representation of his thoughts.
Kapoor's paintings are an outcome of transcendental experience. The painter and poet in him explore and celebrate a
cosmic awareness by expanding the dignity of being, to reach out the aesthetic challenges of becoming. As he expressed
in words Atal Vishvas hai.Chalta raha phir bhi Main, Chhune ko Akash, FirFir Nirantar. In the composition he
paints the blossoming of branches over the endless sorrow of cutted trees, which shows his strong belief in living force of
life. In his poem 'Prarthna' he wishes for a piece of ether, because it refers to the freedom where he express himself more
freely. Where as in composition he create the impression of footsteps on the soil of courtyard, covering almost whole
space in the painting and at the upper left corner he made an impression of ether about which he utter the words Chidi
bahr, Akash mujhe do.
There is lyricism in nature which unfolds in different ways in the paintings of Kapoor. Artist has sought inspiration in nature
for his artistic expression. In most of his compositions he unravels the dark and gloomy side of nature as he painted lonely
rocks, trees with thrones, old dying tree, stone out of stream, cutted trees, but he is also a believer as he depicts the
possibilities of stemming of life even in rocks, deserts and storms. These paintings are about the intense emotions
embodied in images of Kapoor's landscape as well as the exploration of the deep internal landscapes in each of us.
In discussing his paintings, he stress on atmosphere that a work of art should convey. The elusive atmosphere for the artist
was the colour and its capacity to evoke space. In pursuing the value of 'atmosphere' which was an expression he made it
the central premise of his creation. An interesting aspect of his landscape construction was the manner in which the
foreground engages with narrative elements while the background was like a wall. His interest is to create the tension in
the picture space by the brush strokes. Kapoor's originality and novel approach to picture making is identified in this area.
He tries to impart a mystical aura or 'atmosphere' that Kapoor equates 'Ephemeral'. His painting and poetry conveys the
same feel.
Colour for him is a language. As he said The experience of making painting takes me to the core of myself and there the
wall of separateness is broken between painting and poetry. I am one with all the nature. Just how it happens, I don't
know; that's the mystery. But the experience is transcendental.
Vikas Gupta
Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks