Sculptor Tara Prasad Ojha, 47, from Kailali district is an Academician at Nepal Association of Fine Art (NAFA) as the representative of artists from the Far Western Region.
Ojha has done MFA in sculpture and M. A. in Political Science. Shy mannered Ojha has created about five dozen sculptures so far. His source of inspiration is his own father. Though he also practiced painting, he has not done it professionally.
Ojha is also a campaigner of plastic free city. He uses cotton bags and wears two coloured mask of green and black. Green symbolises the green city and black pollution. He carries a vision of pollution free city.
He has been honoured with National Talent Award and Regional Talent Award-2067. He also won awards in the last National Art Exhibition.
The Rising Nepal had a chat with Ojha about the latest trend in sculpture. Excerpts:
When and how did you enter the field of art and sculpture?
Since my childhood I used to paint. I learned painting from my father who is my first teacher too. I used to use mud for sculpture.
How did your father teach you?
Generally, he used to make sculptures and - gods and goddesses - at the time of festivals. While I used to look at his work, he encouraged me to make another and taught me how to make one.
You studies Commerce. How did you turn towards art?
In spite of studying Commerce, I had an interest in art. After completing Bachelor in Commerce, I became worked as Accounts teacher at a school where I also used to teach art. But, I was not satisfied with my qualification because my students started winning awards in art but I was award-less. Then I started my education in art from I.F.A. at Nepal Fine Art Campus Bhotahity.
What feelings come to you, while you carve a beautiful lady’s sculptor?
Nature has made women beautiful. I take women like beautiful flowers.
How do you assess sculpture development in Nepal?
Actually, the development of sculpture has been centralized only in Kathmandu. Apart from Kathmandu Valley, we can rarely see sculpture work. There is a lack of pro-active philosophy.
Why do you not live in a village where you can get the cheapest raw materials?
There is no opportunity to learn new ideas about sculpture.
Do you have an aim to return to your village?
Yes! I have aimed to return to the village because I have planted the seed of art at my village where I was born and grew up.
How many sculptures did you make and sell so far?
Till now, I have made about five dozen sculptures of Shiva Lingam, Bull, a Pancha Dhyani Buddha which have been showcased at Butwol’s Hill Park. Personally, I have not sold any one.
Then, what is your source of income?
I teach to sustain myself.
Why do you not use different colours in sculpture?
I can use different colours in sculpture but they conceal the sculptor’s skills.
What is the main part of sculpture?
Creation is special; then after rhythm and softness. We should feel the energy in alive matter that is the main part.
Which part is hard to present in sculpture?
There are so many parts which I have not been able to present in sculpture. Specially, I am weak in composition and anatomy.
Which is your ideal in art?
Michael Angelo is my ideal person. I have been extremely impressed by Angelo.
In comparison with the ancient art, where is the place of Nepali contemporary art?
Nepali sculpture can grow if only we follow ancient art.
What do you suggest for the development of Nepali sculpture?
The nation should preserve art and artist and endeavour to revive the art of Lichhabi period.