Ram Kumar Manna’s name has, for many years, been synonymous with the word ‘clay’. His strongly-formed figures with their rough surface texture, have a sensitivity yet a tacti...
Ram Kumar Manna’s name has, for many years, been synonymous with the word ‘clay’. His strongly-formed figures with their rough surface texture, have a sensitivity yet a tactile strength never seen before in this medium.
Though a veteran in the field of terracotta sculpture, Manna, even today, spends many days thinking and conceptualising his work. But once sketched, he works with the speed of a maniac. He has his own formula for clay and his own unique tools, which lend themselves to the large rough-hewn forms he creates. Their surface texture is rough like unbaked clay, yet the figures have a sophistication that speaks of the expertise in RamKumar Manna’s hands.
This piece is part of his “PerForm” collection, conceived and executed in rural Bengal. These terracotta musicians are a tactile manifestation of a dream he had, where shadowy musicians with diverse instruments assembled in an empty space and performed for him, but silently! His visualisation has taken shape in this surreal collection of primeval yet contemporary works.