Having graduated from University of Development Alternative, Charu Pintu has been designing book covers for the Ekushey Grantha Mela since 2004. Currently a freelance artist by profession, he works on book covers all year long, keeping the busiest during the months of December and January, prior to the fair. This year, he has designed around 1200 books only for the occasion. Diyashlai by Shatabdi Vobo and Shaluk Fuler Moton by Nadia Jannat are two of the many books that Pintu has worked on.
Pintu mostly works with oil paint and acrylic. However, his process of designing books also depends on the story and synopsis that he receives from the writer. “I use drawing or typography if the story demands it,” says Pintu. “In some cases, I do freehand artwork, applying water colour or mixed media. Later, I scan it and use software for touch ups.” The artist also contributed to around 100 books for the recently held Kolkata Book Fair and did covers for the Agartala Book Fair, which is currently underway. He was also a part of the group art exhibition titled, Country Without Borders, a joint imitative of Bangladesh and India.
He appreciates the work of artists Qayyum Chowdhury and Sabyasachi Hazra among many others. Apart from art, he has been an active member of the theatre troupe Palakar since 2005.