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Category Archives: Art From South Asia

An Artist’s Journey: Mythologies, Vernacular, and Accessibility. An Interview with Dushyant Patel

Art Historian and Writer Ratna Patel interviews painter and print-maker Dushyant Patel at his Vadodara studio. They talk about his paintings, his interest in reading and his print studio. Dushyant Patel is a Vadodara based artist. As a painter-printmaker, he has a strong command over technique and skill. This enables his practice to delve into […]

An Artist’s Journey: Drawing, Social Interactions and Satire. An Interview with Nikhil Purohit

Recent Art History Graduate Vaidehi Gohil interviews Artist and Researcher Nikhil Purohit at his Mumbai studio. They talk about his drawings, his position of a Kirtankar, and his research interests. Vaidehi Gohil (VG): Could you talk to us about the drawing series Ontological Rhapsody? Nikhil Purohit (NP): After attending to some family crisis, I had […]

Is Art Education Necessary for Indian Kids?

Dr. Ritwij Bhowmik discusses the role of Art Education for school going children in India. “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso A kid is putting his creative imaginations on his class-taste answer sheet and getting an incessant scolding from his teachers and parents––it […]

Medieval Saints by Benode Behari Mukherjee : A journey of an Introspective Artist

This is a photograph of Benodebehari Mukherjee's mural at Hindi Bhavan at Santiniketan in West Bengal

Aranya Bhowmik talks about the Mural painting Medieval Saints by the Indian Artist Benode Behari Mukherjee. He looks at the murals through a critical lens of contextual modernism interspersed with Tagorian ideals and the structure of Kala Bhavan at Santiniketan. The Structure of Modernism in India is not as it was in the West. In […]

Mapping Memories: On Reality, Time, and News worthiness. An Essay on Artist Yogesh Ramkrishna.

This artwork is by South Asian Indian Artist Yogesh Ramkrishna. His works are available for buying online on the Art Gallery website Astanzi.

Kadamboor Neeraj looks at the works of Yogesh Ramakrishna vis-a-vis visual narrative traditions. Yogesh’s graphic novels, with energetic figures in action –  are a nod in favor of the representational tendencies of Baroda, although this is something he has carried forward from his undergrad days at Mumbai. Before we begin addressing the visuals and narrative […]

An Artist’s Journey: In search of Oral Histories, Language, and Form. An Interview with Subrat Kumar Behera

Recent Art History Graduate from Baroda, Saumya Aggrawal interviews Artist Subrat Kumar Behera at his studio in Vadodara. They talk about his practice, his love for storytelling, his Lithography initiative and his approach to painting. Saumya Aggarwal(SA): Can you tell me a bit about your work? What is it that you are keen to explore? […]