Since Sandeep Chhatraband has been painting Varanasi ghats for more than ten years, he is intimately familiar with each one. But what draws him back time and time again is the charm of these ghats. He still has a twinkle in his eyes and a gleam in his voice every time he talks about the ghats when someone sees or hears one of his paintings showing this great historical city of India.
The Varanasi ghats and Sandeep Chhatraband have a history. He painted the Darbhanga ghat for the first time in 2007. The result is that over the years, the artist has visited India numerous times, capturing what he calls "the splendour of Indian history via his precise brush strokes." He is as familiar with Varanasi's every corner as he is with his own house. Varanasi is still a special place for him. Even after creating more than a thousand ghat paintings, he still has a childlike gleam in his eyes and a joyful tone in his voice whenever he speaks of the ghats. “The sculptors who made the beautiful temples in Varanasi and did the intricate carvings have done a great favour to artists. An artist’s eye is not a mere gaze, it goes beyond a normal person’s admiration at the sight of these exquisite structures,” says Chhatraband.