Shambhu Acharya

The ninth generation artist of the Acharya family, creators of ‘patashilpa’- a form of traditional folk painting on fabrics, says he has suffered too many failures in life to have regrets


What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being immersed in my work

What is your greatest fear?
That I may have wronged or harmed someone

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I’m a simple man, I have little knowledge of historical figures

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That I can’t open up to people easily

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Lying

What is your favourite journey?
Any journey by boat

What is your greatest regret?
I have had far too many failures, so no regrets

What is your current state of mind?
No dreams, no thoughts, just trying to make it through another day

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
That people appreciate me for my paintings

What is your most treasured possession?
My creations

What is your most marked characteristic?
I have no idea

What do you most value in your friends?
I have no friends. Not even from my childhood

Who are your favourite writers?
I admire Tagore and Nazrul for influencing the way we think and learn

On what occasion do you lie?
If that lie results in good

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don’t like a single thing about it

When and where are you happiest?
In 1974, when I rescued my mother from certain death

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what or who do you think it would be?

A painter

If you had to do something other than your current occupation, what would you like to be?
A singer

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Enthusiasm, passion and determination

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Grace and gentle behaviour

Who are your heroes in real life?
Bangabandhu

What is it that you most dislike?
Lies

How would you like to die?
At the easel, but not suffering from an illness

If your house was burning down and you could take along one possession, what would it be?
My children


shambhu Acharya is from Mirkadim Municipality