SHERE'S PERSONALITY PROFILE
Nature is believed to be universally just. It rewards all human beings with
artistic ability and urge to create. However, there are some people more
naturally endowed with talent of creativity. Parvin Shere--poet, writer, painter
and musician--has been favored by nature with a streak of versatility that's not
so common. It's rare, in fact, to find so much talent and dynamic energy to
create art in its various forms concentrated in one person as it's in Parvin.
Parvin has been painting landscapes, portraits and other finer facets of
painting for almost three decades. Her canvas is broad and her brush is replete
with colors that only she knows how to combine to portray her subject, be that
an inanimate bunch of flowers or the profile of a jaded old man, into a piece of
art. Her vision has been enriched by her life-experience. Moving from one land
to another, distant and remote as Canada is from her native India, has given her
vision a breadth that's not easy to cultivate. She is like a migratory bird
flying across variegated landscapes and vistas and absorbing deep and abiding
imprints of whatever her painter's eye sees. No wonder that her paintings speak
so many tongues to those who have the ability to listen to the symphony of
colors. It's all the more amazing that having lived for so long in cold and
snow-bound Manitoba, in Canada, she can still instantly dig into her memory bank
of her native land and retrieve all its warmth and riot of colors.
Parvin's poetry is, likewise, redolent with a sensitivity that comes only
from a poet's innate identity of perception with the sea of humanity around. She
clearly feels the pain and suffering of those whom life has been unkind in more
ways than one. Love is the brick and mortar Parvin uses to reach out to her
subjects and construct around them a magical castle of human bondage.
There is a remarkable symmetry between Parvin's poetry on canvas and her
colorful landscaping in verses and poems. Parvin has managed to marry the two
genres of poetry and painting into an organic whole and Kirchian, her very
impressive collection of poetry, in two languages: Urdu, her mother-tongue and
English, her acquired medium of communication in the land of her migration. But
she didn't remain content to let her verses, of great sensitivity and sensual
conviction, speak in words only. Parvin has adorned her favorite poems with a
visionary depiction in colors and produced a sterling combine of paintings that
rhyme perfectly with poetry.
Combining poetry and painting into one coffee-table sized presentable book is
no mean achievement. But Kirchian is much more than that; it's a born artiste's
lasting tribute to her concern for the welfare of humanity around her. Parvin
has succeeded eminently in her mission. Her book is a paean to humanity, a
powerful tribute to the contribution of Parvin's social milieu to her rise and
recognition as a multi-talented and versatile artiste.