Sandeep Chhatraband has been painting Varanasi ghats for more than a decade and knows all of them like the back of his hand. However, it is the magic of these ghats that continually entices him to return. Every time he talks about the ghats and sees or hears one of his paintings depicting this ancient historical city of India, there is still a sparkle in his eyes and joy in his voice.
Sandeep Chhatraband and the Varanasi ghats have a past. His first painting of the Darbhanga ghat dates back to 2007. As a result, the artist has returned to India multiple times over the years, capturing what he refers to as 'the beauty of Indian heritage through his deft brush strokes.
He knows every nook and cranny of Varanasi like he knows his own home. Still, Varanasi remains a magical place for him. Even after painting more than a thousand ghat paintings, the sparkle in his eyes and the joy in his voice whenever he mentions the ghats is almost like that of an indulgent parent.
“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.