ITANAGAR, May 15: For most people, traveling is a passion and a way of life these days.
But artist Alpula Pocham, from Telengana, has traveled to various states over the past five years with a mission to capture the real India, the country’s rich cultural diversities and exotic landscapes, through paintings.
The artist, who embarked on his pan-Indian “Kala Yatra (Kashmir in Kanyakumari)” in December 2017, arrived in Itanagar from Manipur on May 13 after traveling through 20 states.
When he arrived here, he visited the gonpa, Itafort site and IG park, and drew some paintings on the traditional tribal houses, clothes and views near Itafort.
The 32-year-old artist draws on everything he sees around him on site. He has painted more than 13,000 paintings to date.
“My goal is to explore the true beauty of India, the rich culture and traditions of the people and capture them with paintings for future generations,” Pocham said.
Inspired by his teacher Satyanarayan, Pocham started drawing when he was in class 8. Later he did his Masters in Fine Arts and Painting from the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyala, Khairagarh, Chattishgarh.
He said his paintings are not for sale. But some people, impressed by his work, offer help in the form of money.
Pocham said he had to stop several times due to financial constraints and would only move to his next destination after managing money from well-wishers.
He also plans to visit Pasighat, Roing and adjacent places during his 15-day stay in the state. He will leave on Monday for Roing in the Lower Dibang Dibang Valley district. His next destination is Meghalaya.
Pocham said he plans to complete his trip across the country in the early months of next year.