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Snehesh Sinha, driftwood artist, longs to revive the dying art

Snehesh Sinha, driftwood artist, longs to revive the dying art
Snehesh Sinha, driftwood artist, longs to revive the dying art
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Driftwood art itself is not well-known with most people associating it with woodcraft, says Sinha. Very few practice the art nowadays since the raw material is difficult to procure. Driftwood takes years to take form, and most of the time the artist has to collect it himself. "Basically, it’s roots and branches of trees deposited in the earth in glacier, river or water forms for a considerable period of time. Lying there for many many years, it tends to take on different forms. The driftwood artist tries to ‘find’ the shape and gives the finishing touches. Sometimes, one has to spend days and nights on just one piece," explains Sinha. Each piece has a distinct look and it’s up to the artist to find the shape and polish it, he adds while examining a fresh block.

Sinha, famous in these parts—the Bhagalpur region of Bihar—as Tukul Babu, explains that the art form requires great patience and perseverance. Sometimes it takes weeks to find what shape the wood has taken but when one "finally gets it", the art gets it fulfilment, he says. Sinha believes that in driftwood art, God is the main artist as it is he who gives shape to the wood. The human artist just gives the finishing touches, polishing it for others to wonder at. Driftwood art is nowadays more popular in Europe compared to the Asian subcontinent. In fact, there have been cases where connoisseurs there have paid astronomical prices for a single piece. Sinha himself has never sold a single piece. As he says, "I’m not a commercial artist and anyway I feel art cannot be sold." He is pained at seeing many artists of today compromising their works so it would sell for huge amounts. Though even a student of his is now a commercial artist, he is ready to teach the art free of cost to anyone wanting to learn.

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