Ranjan Engti ( Visual Artist), India
- Chief Coordinator. Karbi Youth Festival, Karbi Anglong, Diphu.
- Chief Coordinator, CURVES & SHADES.
- Forensic Sketch Artist.
Born on the 23rd Feb, 1985 a talented youth pursues his dreams of putting colour and life on empty canvases and brings pride and hope to the Karbi village in Tezpur district of Assam he was born in. Ranjan Engti was never being schooled formally in art but he uses oil, acrylic and pastels medium to depict a distinct art style which had a “tribal” undertone which gets him critical appreciation by all sections of critics and art connoisseurs. By the time he is in his early 20s the state government sits up, takes notice and he was called upon to decorate the National Soccer Meet, 2002.
In 2003 he arrives in Delhi to pursue History (Hons.) in prestigious Hans Raj college of Delhi University and then onward he had has been making his presence felt in the creative circle. Starting with being associated with “CURVES & SHADES” (art and music group) as its Asst. Director and thereon holding successive painting exhibitions in Delhi.
Hans Raj college History society “WAVES” awarded him the “Artist of the Year” ,2003.
The talented artist gets invitation from all kinds of platforms-
- Awarded scholarship to pursue a course “EX-IN” (Exterior-Interior Pvt.Ltd,New Delhi).
- With a record breaking performance Ranjan Engti in the 2004 college festival “Perception” by FAPS(Fine arts and photography society) , Kirorimal College , Delhi University won 7 awards out of a total of 12 categories like composition making, logo designing, collage making, tattoo making, t-shirt making, sketching and poster making.
- Invited to be the Creative head and Cover-designer for the Delhi based
monthly magazine “The Voice”.
- Assigned as the Art Director for the short-film “Reverse Angle”.
- Assigned as the illustrator of the international online literary journal “Muse India”.
- Assigned as the Chief Coordinator of the 36th Karbi Youth Festival, 2010(one of the largest ethnic festival of northeast India).
- Keeping in mind his overwhelming contribution in the art and his popularity, the National Legal Service Authority of India (NALSA) has chosen him as the brand ambassador for ‘legal awareness campaign among women in the Northeast.
About the Artist:
The amateur painter started his exhibitions with the participation in the ABVP
National Conference held in Gujarat, 2003. He then takes a professional turn holding a series of exhibitions –
- “North-East Painting and Photography Exhibition” held at Hotel Park (New
Delhi) on Dec.2007.
- Painting and handicraft exhibition held at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat by “National Legal Service Authority” Govt. of India on Feb.2008.
- Painting Exhibition held in Shankar Lal Hall (Delhi) Sept.2007 ; Jan.2008.
- Painting Exhibition held in LTG Auditorium, Mandi House (Delhi) – 2004.
- Painting Exhibition held in Karnataka Bhawan (Delhi) – 2006.
- Painting Exhibition held in Hansraj College Auditorium, New Delhi,2006.
- Painting Exhibition held in Tagore Hall (Delhi) – 2003.
- Painting Exhibition held at “Udipta Sara”-art and cultural bhawan, Assam-2004.
- Painting Exhibition held in Tagore Hall,New Delhi,Sept.2004.
- Painting Exhibition held in Shankar Lal Hall, Nov.2008 to aid the victims of Assam serial bomb blast in October, 2008.
- Painting Exhibition held at Assam Bhawan, New Delhi,Sept.2008
- Painting Exhibition held in KALASHETRA, Guwahati (Assam),Feb.2009.
- Painting Exhibition held in KASA indoor stadium, Diphu,Karbi Anglong,Feb.2009.
- Painting Exhibition held in Hotel Mt. Pine, Shillong (Meghalaya), Nov.2009.
- Painting Exhibition held in NEDFi Bhawan, Guwahati (Assam), Jan.2010.
- Painting Exhibition held in State Art Gallery,Guwahati,Assam. 29th May to 3rd June,2010
All his exhibitions were well received and covered by the media.
The vernacular newspaper from Assam ‘Mahajati’ in its 30th June 2005 issue included Ranjan Engti in the list of “Important people of the contemporary time”. His works are regularly covered by other Assamese daily like ‘Amar Asom’, ‘Asomiya Pratidin’ and ‘Edin.’
On its July 2008 issue, popular English monthly – The Northeast Sun had quoted him as ‘The Young Master of Northeast’ who uses bright and heavy colour like his motivator Picasso.
The Mid-Day (Delhi) on its 27th September 2005 issue, had highly applauded the works of Ranjan Engti, which he displayed in Delhi through Curves & Shades, an art group comprising students and amateur artists.
In an article published in the Times of India in 2005, the artist was appreciated for his contribution to the art and cultural among the student fraternity in Delhi.
Hindustan Times’ daily supplement HT CITY on 5th April, 2008 ran an article on Ranjan Engti describing him ‘a budding artist’ from the Northeast in Delhi. “His amateur work has a strong distinct base in tribal painting making him stand out of the crowd,” described the national daily.
Ranjan Engti through his continued endeavor and contribution in the field of art kept the buzz alive in the successive years. In 2007, Headlines India.com, IANS, newKerela.com, Singlungnews.com all came in unison to praise the young talent. The Times of India in its 1st October 2007 issue revisited the artist’s exhibitions and covered them. His work was also covered by ddinews.com, Total TV, NDTV Good Times and interviewed exclusively by ANI. Ranjan was also hosted by the All India Radio for an interview regarding his works.
‘Karbi Studies’ a compilation by the Karbi Young writers’ Guild published Ranjan’s works and applauded his contribution in the field of art in the book.