Gifted Women

Indian Artist Nupur Panemanglor Depicts Womanly Music Talents in Water-Colour

The banjo, harmonica, violin and ukulele are just some of the instruments featured in this groovy illustration series, Music, by Bangalore-based artist, Nupur Panemanglor.

This personal project is an endearing exploration into female musicians, presenting her characters in a way that is endearingly feminine, whilst also professional and artistic.

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‘In my mind, each of these women have their own distinct musical sensibilities and personalities’.

‘There is something about the softness of the sound of an acoustic guitar that blends beautifully with voices,’ Nupur told us of her musical preferences.

In this series, she told us that she ‘went with the flow of it and decided to keep it minimal, allowing the musicians and their instruments to be in focus’.

‘My late uncle was an incredible guitarist, and it is hard to remember him without a guitar by his side. My fascination for instruments and the people who play them definitely started from there.’

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Created with watercolour on paper, the fluidity of her strokes adds to the musicality of her pieces. We caught up with the Nupur to find out more about her work:

The Plus: Are you a musician yourself?
Nupur Panemanglor:
I sing and play a little bit of guitar, but am generally a little shy. I am not of those musicians who are natural born prodigies. Or maybe I just never looked enough for that instrument that I was born to play. Until I find it, I will console myself by painting music rather than playing it.

TP: Could you tell us your earliest creative memory?
NP:
I think it has to be memories of working on little collages, rorschach-style blots and making marbled paper and other such crafts. I also used to work on these small detailed drawings of different things around me. It’s funny how my work hasn’t really changed that way, there’s still a lot of detail and activity going on, with a lot of textures and collage elements.

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TP: What is your favourite instrument and why?
NP:
I love the way every instrument adds its own sound and complexity to any piece of music. But I would have to say that I have a sentimental attachment for acoustic guitars.

When I was in college, my close friends and I used to stay up all night and jam and sing with our acoustic guitars. Those sessions really helped me come out of my shell in many ways.