Tuesday, July 23, 2013


By ..BANSI PARIMU ( 1938-1991)..

Bansi Parimu ( 1938-1991 ) is One Artist from Kashmir, who remains under exposed inspite of his Profound creativity that not only matches with some eminent Artists of his time at National scene but also surpasses many of them.

   (Bansi Parimu with artist Sachida Nagdev  in 1970.  Photo source ... Jheeelaf Razdan)

About him ,Krishna Chaitanaya writes in his Monumental book “A HISTORY OF INDIAN PAINTING – MODERN PERIOD ( page 247-248 )”

“ Late Bansi Parimu created more complex forms . Linear forms that straddle the frame , creating balancing directional thrusts. The areas of uniform colour have been given soft , pearly finish and isolated imu with Shri. Sachida Nagdev ( well known artist) in 1970.by contouring which often suggest the relief of cloisonné enamel but without the use of ridges of Impasto . In other areas , mottled effects and textures have been obtained in various ways : light rollering over the ground colour with a different one , using the back of the brush for calligraphic arabesques , using the gauze overlays .”

About his work late M F Hussain wrote :

“ A dedicated painter from kashmir whom I came to know from my early Sixty visits . We became friends His work gained stature That could reflect beauty and turmoil of kashmiri People .The colour , the sound of its landscape creates an Orchestra of nature’s bounty .Parimu’s paintings keep singing the song of Creation that is kashmir on our planet.”

Let me speak a little about his later works . I have not seen much of his earlier work .

For sure , Bansi Parimu developed his personal Style on Figurative Abstraction . His colours are often Bright warm. His Geometrical forms floating in or held by his colours. I have observed that some of his Abstracts are at par with  work of  reputed Artists of  period  on National   scene  in terms of Colours and Styles that assimilate elements of cubism .

Parimu has an enormous sense of design while creating his forms and effects. For a serious lover of Art , he creates Something like energy fields .

And His work has also moved through stages of evolution and came a long way from Realistic water colours to impressionism and then figurative Abstracts and finally pure Abstracts .He uses a wide range of colour hues, including green, Blue, Red, Ochre in his compositions. This work demands a closer investigation and Multiple viewing ( Proximal and Distal ) to appreciate it in totality .

His work received wide appreciation in The festival of Art held in 2003 at Jasubhai Art Gallery, Shanmukhananda Hall Mumbai . Works of Artists like K H Ara, F N Souza, K K Hebbar and Rabindranath Tagore were also on display in this Exhibition .

 Exhibited in Many Galleries  his paintings are  also in  various Private hands .Some paintings  adorn the walls of Gallery Chankya and Lalit Kala Academy.

A self taught man, His work attracted the attention of some leading artists of his time . And I am sure he would have been one among them had he shifted to work in a bigger city like Mumbai.

Quite often I would pass through his Artistically built house known as “ TAKHLEEQ” at Sanat Nagar Barzulla. He loved flowers that he had cultivated in his lawn. This house had a huge single piece Glass window . He probably looked at clouds and changing seasons from this window only. He loved his friends that were so many. Shamim Ahmed shamim was possibly closer . He loved kashmir more than anything else . He loved its Flora , Fauna , Culture and People . He loved its valleys , seasons , culture , tradition and its heritage . When it was decided by the government to construct a Bridge near Convent crossing over river Jhelum , Bansi Parimu led the civil society in opposing the construction. He was an environmentalist as well.

I quote from Greater Kashmir News paper of 31.05.2012:

“Observers said in 1984 the then government led by Ghulam Muhammad Shah had conceived the idea to construct a bridge across Jhelum at Polo view. But as the construction would spoil –The Bund –the heritage walkway on the river banks, the move was resisted tooth-and-nail by the then civil society, particularly art lovers. Bansi Parimu had threatened to go for self immolation should the government go ahead with the plan. Parimu is believed to have started a campaign that the concrete bridge would destroy the charm of this only green walkway left in the City.”

He never wanted to leave his TAKHLEEQ or his Native Land even when Armed Militancy had knocked off everything by spreading its unending Blanket of Fear , Death and Destruction . In May 1990, painfully and Very reluctantly he had to leave the place that he loved so dearly.

Leaving Kashmir was not easy for him. It meant leaving a culture . It meant leaving its hills , flowers , Brooks , Snows, Seasons and Birds. No man is born twice . No man can live on memories. And no flowering and Fragrant plant grows in heat and dust of Alien lands should it be uprooted. “COBWEBS OF APATHY” or “SMEARED SNOWS “ OR “RED KNOWS NO CREED “are creations of this deep rooted feeling of homelessness and bloodshed in his native land .

This is what ASKPC Leader Hriday Nath Jattu told me About Artist Bansi Parimu....

“ Bansi was our Habba Kadal Neighbour . He was self taught and self made man . He was a rebel with strong feelings for poor. I have seen him from his childhood days. He was a bird of free sky . No institution could put him in a cage . Getting tied to formal education was not his cup of tea but he mastered the art of writing English to such an extent that he could beat any highly educated Journalist or writer. His write ups had a clear perspective .I was an admirer of his analysis and political write ups. As a young boy , He was often seen around Ganpatyar area either going to the house of late S N Butt Artist or D N Wali or Raina family. He would meet father of Mohan Raina whom we called Bobu ji and who was an Artist and Model maker. These places acted as his initial training centres . Later he moved to other people and also mastered his Style by Observation and study. 

Although he was not a religious man But as kashmiri and more specifically as a Pandit , he had very strong feelings . He was impartial and for him there was hardly any difference between a Pandit or a Muslim. If he could help a person ,If he could do what he was capable of doing , Bansi would never hesitate . I will not make certain things public but let me tell you that Bansi ji has helped so many person to get jobs , to get admission and guided them as to what they should learn in art and where they should go . I have personally taken many boys to him and sought his help. I believe by 1960 , he had established his name as an Artist in Kashmir valley .

Bansi ji was the soul of Coffee house . He had a communist bent of mind that I don’t disagree . But I have seen him as a man who believed in some sort of spirituality and kashmir’s sainthood . From him, I have also secured some donation for a social cause . Please don’t ask details nor shall I disclose these. He was a silent helper . Not many people know that D N Ghasi was his close friend , I don’t recollect full name of another gentleman Moza by surname as his friend . In 1957, He was very closely associated with the formation of DNC or democratic National Conference , a splinter group of J&K National Conference created by Leftists within the Party and headed by G M Sadiq. He would prepare posters and pamphlets for DNC and then distribute them on his Bicycle together with his friends right from lal Chowk to Down Town . Jammu Group of DNC was led by Ram Piara saraf. I have seen Mr saraf also inside His small one room at sapriyaar Habba kadal . That was his world and his studio cum activity room . Yes he would Move with M L Misri , Dina Nath Nadim, Prof. N N Raina, D P Dhar , Shamim Ahmed shamim , G M sadiq and many other known leftist Leaders or intellectuals or writers from Kashmir. Politics was a" SHOGUL" for him. He never sought any office of profit for himself from any political giant with whom he was closely associated.“

 Shri Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo adds  :

"Bansi Parimoo will be remembered as an accomplished ARTIST who played with colours, imagination and vision. Uprootment from valley   and  pangs of Exile had given deep bruises to his psyche .He was the one who was with us in the opening Public programme of Panun Kashmir on 24 Jan 1991 at Gandhi Bhawan, Jammu. He opened with the words...."Hello Sufferers". 

Shri Ram Krishen Sadhu a family friend informs :

 “Bansi Parimu occupied a prominent position amongst the great Artists of our time . This is certainly a well recognised fact. But for those of us , who knew him closely, he was a Great  human being as well. Well read and highly knowledgeable,  It was a treat to engage in a  discussion with him on  variety of subjects, be it literature, current economic and political issues  etc.. He had his  strong views about some matters and was a true embodiment of genuine Kashmiriyat. Migration out of valley was something which he could not reconcile with. I had frequent sessions with him in Delhi those days till he went to Kud to avoid harsh summers. After his return ,we just had one meeting and next I saw him in AIIMS New Delhi  when  his daughter Jeelaf called me. In his shocking and premature exit, we  lost immensely talented Artist and a warm Human being.  I shall  always miss him .”

Mohd Sayeed Malik  another family friend adds :

  “ Our close acquaintance with Bansi Parimu and  his family is over half a century old. Bansi's promising talent was cut short by his tragic premature death. Earlier his ailment prevented him from pursuing his artistic passion. Considering his potential, Bansi could have scaled far greater heights in his field, if his life were not cut short at its prime.”

With an unhealed wound of exile , he fell victim to many secondary health problems that cut short his creative life.

His life and work can be summed up by a couplet of Poet Faiz....

“Jo rukay to koh-e-garan thay hum,
jo chalay to jaan se guzar gaye
Rah-e-yaar hum ne qadam qadam,
tujhay yadgaar Banaa dia........"
( Faiz Ahmed Faiz )

{For when we stayed, we rose like massifs,
and when we strayed, we left life far behind;
fellow-traveller, every step that we ever took
became a memorial to your life.)
                                  (   "The Grief within".. wailing women   By Bansi Parimu 1991)                                                                          

                                                ( Untitled Oil On canvas 1964  Bansi Parimu )

                                             ( Oil On Canvas  Bansi Parimu )



                                            ( oil on Canvas  1972 Bansi Parimu )
                                                      ( Oil on Canvas 1964 Bansi Parmu  )


                                                    ( Oil on Canvas 1983 ..Bansi Parimu  )

                                                               ( Bansi Parimu , Sufi Ghulam Mohd ( Editor Srinagar Times), Ved Bhasin( Editor Kashmiri Times ), Shamim Ahmed Shamin( MLA , Editor Aaina and then MP ) and a Gentleman .. 1965 ,All India Tour )
                                            (Bansi Parimu and Shamim Ahmed Shamin ) 

 (Eminent artist M F Hussain wrote on 01.01.2001 as his tribute to the Artist.My special Thanks to Mrs Jaya Parimu for allowing me to use this letter  )
                              ( Bansi Parimu standing on Frozen surface of Dal lake )
     ( Bansi Parimu with Nehru ...Photo source Jheelaf Razdan )

 ( Bansi Parimu with satish Gujral ...Photo source Jheelaf Razdan )
                                           ( Cobwebs of Apathy 1991  Bansi Parimu )

                                           ( Bansi Parimu  Exhibiting his work In Delhi December 1990 )
( Yellow  Rice Distribution in Kashmir..
 An early work of Bansi Parimu)
(A painting of Bansi Parimu along with photo and signature of the buyer in Calcutta Exhibition 1966)

(A post 1990 Painting of Bansi Parimu titled 'Flying Kangri' hanging in the room of his Daughter Jheelaf Razdan )
         ( Tableau of J&K State  created by  Bansi Parimu for Republic day Parade . This was possibly the first Tableau of J&K State )

(Autar Mota)

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