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Our ambiguous identities

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This year marks the 70th Independence day for both India and Pakistan, drawing attention to the biggest migration of all times in human history, where 12 million people crossed the borders from both sides and approximately 1 or 2 million lost their lives. So it seemed but natural for one to notice at the India Art Fair 2017 the work of a young artist Girjesh Kumar Singh,  showcased by Rukshaan Art Gallery, from Mumbai, which talks of evolving individualism. Continue reading “Our ambiguous identities”

An Indian collage artist at the upcoming Art Basel

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One surely needs a magnifying glass to admire such panoramic works which showcase the Indian milieu in every nano or micrometer of the paper collage. Struck by the minuscule reflexes depicting the movements of a throng in Sailesh Sanghvi’s artwork I connected with him, only to know better that his artwork ‘Eternal City-Haridwar’ has made it to the semi-finals of the Artbox.Project Basel 1.0 which chooses a handful of artists from different countries; and he is representing India. Excitedly he shared with me the news of it being showcased at the EuroAirport during the Art Basel fair; an exciting international art affair happening at Basel, Switzerland for a four-day art week from 14th-18th June’17, this year.

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The UnBenaras weaver

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My fascination grew when I read online about Hemang Agrawal’s textile journey after seeing his dazzling collection at Vayu, an upmarket concept store. Particularly how as a young lad from Baneras after studying at NIFT, Mumbai, thought it best to give up his scholarship for Masters in Fashion at Nottingham Trent University to go back home and make something of his textile roots(father had a saree business). Apparently this life altering decision was taken after listening to Padma Shri Rahul Jain‘s talk on Safavid, Persian and Mughal drawloom patterned textiles; wherein he explained in depth the sophistication and innovation of Benarasi textiles of the past several centuries. Later this foremost textile historian and revivalist of India became Hemangs guide and guru.

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Bringing to life the mundane in a village

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A young man striking a pose while enjoying music on the transistor by his buffalo, another one running after the birds in the fields, three young damsels making mayhem while sitting on a buffalo, buffaloes gloriously resting under a canopy glued to some blaring noise and many more colourful paintings recreate his rural imagery that gave me goosebumps; increasing my yearning to go back and relive a small town life.

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The art of handpainted Chintz

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Having missed the talk on ‘Exploring the Technology of Chintz : From buffalo milk to sheep dung and all the magic in between’ organized by Craft Revival Trust I couldn’t afford losing more time so I went directly to Art Motif Gallery, to witness Renuka Reddy’s chintz magic, first hand.

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Zuljanaha carries the burden of speed

Veer Munshi is a Kashmiri Hindu born in 1955, when India and Pakistan were in the process of demarcating their borders. Residing in Gurgaon, the artist works on socio-political themes by contemporizing traditional crafts by encouraging craftsmen in finding sustenance, through their long-established vocations. Inspired by his father who was an art teacher, Munshi majored in Fine Art from Maharaja Sayajiroa University of Baroda, deviating  from Bachelors of Arts in Economics & History, and his first love, law.

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Edgy coquettish designs

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At a party someone very rightly said to me that one should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. Admiring Bhavin and Twinkle Gada’s fashion jewelry label BEGADA I couldn’t agree more. Sold on Cult Curators, these edgy coquettish designs caught my eye, as they spell drama successfully in bold and red letters.

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An armoured lady

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Not just in creative fields but in general most Muslim women are surreptitiously finding ways of reclaiming their freedom world over. Tayeba Begum Lipi (b.1969, Bangladesh) is one such multimedia artist who portrays her counterparts through different media; exploring feminist issues, addressing societal contradictions and often questioning sexual stereotypes surrounding their existence around the globe.

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You can’t buy love but can buy handmade

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A nomadic lifestyle and simple living is aspirational for many, especially if it includes attributes such as openness, curiosity and meaningfulness…and the ‘Luxe’ quotient in it is the time well spent in discovering and exploring ideas.

Aditi Dhar, a Kashmiri, the designer of Vitasta (her middle name is also the Sanskrit word for river Jhelum, in Kashmir) is inspired by women who are freethinkers… with a strong sense of self, holding cosmopolitan views.

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