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Great Artistes Who Are Engineers By Qualifications

Often do we wonder the career paths of great artistes when we notice a radical change in them. For most developing nations, where economic and financial independence are considered prime objectives of a good education, children with inclination towards ‘Science’ are naturally initiated into the world of engineering: A field of study that nurtures the analytical, creative, and cognitive brains of those bright children. Meanwhile, some of these budding engineers get opportunities to pursue Art and Music, simultaneously. And since the rigour of engineering studies tune them to multi-task with equal focus, these children often emerge beautifully skilled in all of their pursuits: Engineering, Art, Music et. al. This post aims to highlight contribution of four such great Artistes, who studied engineering, yet made significant impact in their chosen fields of Art and Music, per se.

Leonardo Da Vinci, for example, was an Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. But he went even beyond that. He used his superb intellect, unusual powers of observation, and mastery of the art of drawing to study nature itself, a line of inquiry that allowed his dual pursuits of art and science to flourish. tweet

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Leonardo Da Vinci: Monalisa

Painting by Ankitha Praveen

Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, of Indian origin, is a renowned Sarode player. Born and brought up in an Indian family with no glorious musical lineage, as he claims, he became a successful engineer after completing his education from one of the then premier Institutes of engineering, in India. Meanwhile, he has been pursuing “Sarode”, and for the last six decades, has not only taken ‘Sarode’ playing to a level of National representation in the world stage, but also, he has been deeply involved into the Research of Indian Classical Music. He has made outstanding contribution in his chosen field of study, and has been awarded with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy award and the Padmabhushan award, among others, as mentioned here. tweet

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Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta

Photography by Reshma Patra

While individual artistes are well known among Art lovers, there is a section of society that consists of great Artistes who are unknown to the world, and remain confined within their tribal communities. Amitava Bhattacharya, an engineering graduate from India, dedicates his life for the upliftment of tribal artistes in India. An art lover is verily an Artiste, indeed. One may read about him here . tweet

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Folk Art: Engineer’s Love

Painting by Sudip Mitra

And we conclude the post with the mention of the genius of Kim Keever, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientist turned Artiste. While pursuing his engineering studies, he had the grades and work ethic to thrive at the space agency and envisioned a career dedicated to improving booster engines, followed by a creative retirement filled with art making. Ultimately, he traded in his slide rule for a low-rent loft in the East Village of New York City. He specializes in a unique style of 3D Art created by meticulously constructing miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which is then filled with water; his artworks and other details can be found here. tweet

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Great 3D Art

3D Art by Vinay Baria

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