Chinmoy Barma from Nalbari, Assam, is an art blogger, occasional writer, filmmaker and a mechanical engineering graduate. ‘I am basically a man who tries to cook a thirty minute brownie in twenty minutes.’ He is currently working at Anhad Edutrain Solutions Pvt Ltd as a Business Development Analyst and volunteering for New Delhi Children’s Hospital & Research Centre. ‘I consider myself a story-telling artiste. I work to convey to the viewer the exact palpable sense of life I feel that directs me to create the piece.’
Chinmoy’s film-making aspirations began when he was only seven years old, ‘I started working on a screenplay for a horror movie that I wanted to make when I am older.’ The real opportunity came when he was in his first year of engineering. ‘I along with my team participated in a spoof-making competition where we made a spoof of old Bollywood movies and new age movies. We were so hooked that we made the video in 4/5 days. We won first place.’
His first short film ‘Flip’ won Best Screenplay award in Incandescence 2015 and first position in director’s cut category in EXURBIA hosted by Guwahati College of Architecture. His second short film Xaathor won the Best Short Film award in Incandescence 2016 and in Euphuism 2016 and also got featured in Pocket Films. His third short film ‘7th Sin’ was an official selection for the International 15 sec Horror Short Film Contest 2016.
He started practicing sand art when he was working on XAATHOR, which has a Northeast connect. The film brings together elements of Bhaona and pressure to live up to the expectations of others. In the film, apart from conventional camera shots with actors, he uses sand art to explain a concept.
‘In engineering college, I along with my team made a promo video for River Talks, using sand art and also made a welcoming art piece for Ruskin Bond. Prag News also invited me to pay homage to the lives that were lost on 30th October, 2008, as a result of the serial bomb blasts. I felt privileged and I took it more seriously.’
He feels that he doesn’t have to look for ideas as they seem to find him one way or another. ‘I find passion in whatever I do. I never go searching for art and creativity, they just seem to find me. Even when I am at work or at an event, ideas come to me and I note them down to work on later.’ He has a system that allows him to systematically work on ideas that strike him. ‘I tag my ideas with a rating system. 1 star = maybe, 2 star = considerable, 3 star = think about it some more, 4= work on it, 5 star = work in progress.’ He also prefers to work on his own stories rather than finding writers for the same.
‘My journey has been like that of an explorer. I will give anything to stay out of the comfort zone. I am deeply emotional and I love to find emotions in my art as well. I understood looking at the rain through the window is not the same as getting wet and feeling the rain. So, I started converting my emotions to art.’
‘I along with my friends, have moulded our love of art into a business module called “The Enlightened” (theme: Empowering North-East India). We won many prizes for the same including ‘Special Jury Award’ in Business Idea Contest 2015 organized by Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust, BYST- CII Youth Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with EGM, Government of Assam.’
He is currently working on an illustrated novel and is planning for an art-based start-up. For those looking to pursue their dreams, he says ‘Be a Dragon, like they say in “Game of Thrones”. Don’t be a slave to your circumstances. Strike the chains off your mind.’
By Mrinal Paul