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The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

Ink is a fun medium to work with. I remember when our class lectures would become a bit too tedious, I’d slyly reach out for my pen and start ‘inking’ the last few pages of my notebook—these were ubiquitously known as ‘rough’ sheets. It can be rather addictive— an artist’s tryst with ink, as Shantala Palat might tell you. Doodling casually on a rough sheet of paper is not as elaborate an affair, as planning ... Read More »

Sights and Sceneries: Glimpses of Kashmir and Ladakh

Sights and Sceneries: Glimpses of Kashmir and Ladakh

The thought of traveling to #Kashmir and exploring its scenic treats has always filled me with excitement. While my travel plans haven’t materialized yet, I indulged in a virtual tour of Kashmir and Ladakh at IIC Delhi, about a week back. Titled ‘Glimpses of Ladakh, Kashmir and the Naropa festival’, this expansive #photography project leads the viewer into the magical lands of the disputed valley and its beauteous surroundings. Lush mustard fields, the beautiful stillness ... Read More »

S. Paul: The Photographer Who Found Love With The Lens

S. Paul: The Photographer Who Found Love With The Lens

A few weeks back, India lost S.Paul. A photographer who captured iconic photographs that are cherished to this day. Paul may have left the material world behind, but one can be sure that in the next world he would be taking his beloved camera. Inseparable from Paul even in death, his camera was placed on his chest before his cremation. The device was a friend, teacher and guide all rolled into one, and S.Paul truly ... Read More »

Syed Haider Raza: As Seen Through The Stretched Terrains of Time And Tide

Syed Haider Raza: As Seen Through The Stretched Terrains of Time And Tide

23rd July this year, marked the first death anniversary of S.H Raza; a painter whose imagination celebrated colors, ideologies, and abstraction on canvas. Raza was one of the first painters to initiate the Progressive art movement in pre-independence India, along with greats like Hussain, Souza and Bakre and Ara. After his demise last year, a lot has been said and shared about S.H Raza. To do justice to this article, I visited two exhibitions in Delhi, ... Read More »

A Day Well Spent At The Bihar Craft Festival

A Day Well Spent At The Bihar Craft Festival

The Bihar Government put up a grand show of colors in Dilli Haat during the month of March. The 15-day long Bihar Utsav from 16th to 18th March was an exhibition cum sale of lovely handicrafts and handloom products. Although the festival wasn’t widely publicized, it helped me revisit the wondrous crafts, arts and cultural traditions that flow from the thirst most populous largest state of India. Around 50 stalls led by state artisans relayed ... Read More »

Moments Of Mystical Ecstasy: In Conversation With Devendra Shukla

Moments Of Mystical Ecstasy: In Conversation With Devendra Shukla

‘Divine ecstasy’ isn’t just for the Gods. Smaller beings on this planet can enjoy a slice of heaven during the course of life itself. In search of some solace and mysticism, I made a little trip to Triveni Kala Sangam sometime back, to admire painter Devendra Shukla’s artworks. Triveni Kala Sangam opened its calm, welcoming doors and I walked straight into Mr.Shukla’s artistic abode. Colors, strokes, and murmurs… Murmurs of little stories to be told; my eyes quickly took ... Read More »

Enabling The Arts: Creative Initiatives Towards Building A More Enabled India

Enabling The Arts: Creative Initiatives Towards Building A More Enabled India

Disability is a word that robs a person of their self-esteem, let alone fundamental rights. To be a differently-abled Indian is to be alive to face harrowing experiences. Even the most basic activities can be challenging for those who need to go about the day with the help of some equipment to aid their movements. What about a situation, wherein, this equipment is non-existent? What if, this equipment is outdated and fails to serve the ... Read More »

The Pune Biennale- Inside Phule Museum

The Pune Biennale- Inside Phule Museum

  I stumbled upon the Pune Biennale on social media while I was looking at upcoming artists to follow, who always have great work up on their accounts.The few visuals I encountered online were enough to inspire me to travel over the weekend, and cover the Pune Biennale firsthand and experience the marvels promised. Habit-co-Habit happened to be the third edition of the aforementioned art festival. The festival was not confined to just one venue, ... Read More »

India Youth Forum 2017- All that it was and was not!

India Youth Forum 2017- All that it was and was not!

When I first read about the India Youth Forum, I had a great feeling about it. India, after all, runs on young blood! The millennials are the ones with big dreams; the ones who can pave the way for a better and cleaner future. Banking on the power and perseverance of the youth is one of our last hopes to bring about a positive revolution in the country. We are ones who’ve been handed over ... Read More »

When You Are “Not Missing Anything Important”

When You Are “Not Missing Anything Important”

Artist Binay Sinha drew my attention to everything that ‘is’ important through his exhibition Not Missing Anything Important, at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. It was an exhibition where nothing was structured, and everything was curiously fragmented. Much is akin to the delirious times we live in! Making sense of contemporary life through the chaos of politics, social activism, opinions, and stereotypes is a task that the common man has at ... Read More »

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