Traditional scenes of Indian life are captured in a new exhibition at Watermans Art Centre by artist Apu Banga Debnath.

Indian Guardians are 50 paintings which capture scenes that are fast disappearing with the economic transformation of recent years.

Apu, 38, from West Bengal, is a self-taught artist based in Mumbai.

He was spotted working on the pavement railing gallery outside the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai and today his paintings are sought after by international collectors.

Now in his mid thirties, Apu has been a prolific artist since his early childhood. His compositions are elegant in their simplicity, drawn freehand with a skill hard to comprehend.

The Major T Ramachandra Relief Fund, a UK-registered charity, has commissioned Apu's work to help it raise funds. The charity was set up in January 2005 to provide relief to young victims of the Boxing Day tsunami in India, but has now expanded to support other children.

Proceeds from sales of Apu's paintings, drawn with acrylics on canvas, will help to build a school in Chennai, in the province of Tamil Nadu, where The Major T Ramachandra Relief Fund is still helping orphans to rebuild their lives.

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* Indian Guardians is at Watermans Gallery, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS, on February 15 and 16 between noon and 9pm. Entry is free.