Rajas, Nawabs and Firangees

It is showing unseen historic archives of French mercenaries serving Indian rulers during the latter half of 18th and first five decades of the 19th century (1750-1850). The treasures are vignettes of Indian court life, representations of French travellers, and sacred texts in the form of rare manuscripts and paintings. Taken from the  archives of…

Evoking nostalgia of the world slipping through our hands

While writing this piece the dreary sky outside my window spoke of our constant abuse  of natural resources leading to global warming. This imminent green sunny deficiency has led me to appreciate young individuals like Jisha Unnikrishnan whose black and white, pen and ink artworks of nature evoke a sense of nostalgia; a world which…

Understanding life through art

Going by the “Hurun Indian Luxury Consumer Survey 2019” the high-net-worth Indian’s most preferred personal investments are real estate and stock market. I’m happily shocked that lower down the line ‘Art’ too has managed to hold its own under collectibles despite such uncertain times.

Handloom is neither cheap nor imperfect

“We work for that day when the word ‘handloom’ connotes neither cheap…nor imperfect…nor does it bring to mind visions of poor artisans with underfed children. We look forward to that day when ‘hand-loom’ is associated with pride and joy…and rightfully acknowledged as the very backbone of our culture and heritage.” – Karomi Crafts Kona Collection…

Botanical paintings leading to conservation awareness

Climate change or climate crisis means the same but many prefer to choose the first option for a softer and more positive approach. We get scared of being shown the mirror. Recently at a Sarita Handa (New Delhi’s upmarket concept store known for its most luxurious upholstery fabric in India) event I was blown away…

Silk, Gold and Silver from Benaras: The City of Lights

PRA – KASHI: Silk, Gold & Silver from the City of Light National Museum, New Delhi 10th September – 8th October 2019 Minakari Panel “Pra – Kashi: Silk, Gold & Silver from the City of Light” is an exhibition of textiles showcasing the finest traditions of contemporary handwoven weaves done on traditional Indian drawlooms over the…

Speaking of a minimalist artist’s heart

“At times I sit with my paper drawing a flower, a leaf or a delicate thorn for hours on end, lovingly, tenderly holding them close to myself, building upon them by using layers and layers of colour. As I enter into their subtlest zones I fall upon memories and imaginative reverie, experiencing my environs, times…

Their mosaic projects

Truly happy to hear that today India stands united with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. Thankfully craft never had any such boundaries to fight over. One such example being Mosaic – starting in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Pebble mosaics were made in Tiryns in Mycenean Greece while the ones with patterns and pictures became widespread during classical times in Ancient…

Iconic Japanese folds made functional

To begin with, I read up on various Origami styles e.g. the Golden Venture Folding or the three dimensional one, Modular made into smaller units with cut pieces of paper, the Action model is interactable, Wet Folding is for a softer and delicate look, Kirigami involves both folding and cutting paper, while the one seen…

Throwback modernist jewellery

Jotting in my little black book for Ahmedabad next is – Kritha Makwana, for her abstract metal jewellery. It is quite unlike the ones we have featured earlier i.e. sculptural jewellery by Manifest Design and organically traditional by Dvibhumi. With hints from primitive bronze and iron age, it dawned on me how this ‘throwback modernist jewellery‘ would undoubtedly…