He has been busy creating concentric ‘Nests’

For the 36 year old this is introspection in full bloom. As a vicenarian, while doing Masters of Fine Arts, Janarthanan Rudhramoorthy got an opportunity for his first solo show with Apparao Gallery in Delhi and Chennai. The promoter and curator of the gallery – Sharan Apparao, who had done stints with the likes of…

Avant garde folksy hand embroidery

Tracing fashion history of the past decades, folksy embroidery which was seen as a trend in the 70’s, has resurfaced in the 2020s. Taking cue, as handcrafted is a novelty during these trying times for the artisans, I found an year old Brinda Dudhat’s Morii Design. The name ‘Mori’  has been derived from a Japanese…

Her art matrix

The 1920’s in India saw Company Style due to the ongoing British Colonial Period. While Early Modern Indian Painting had subjects which were purely Indian but were drawn with western techniques and Bengal School was a reaction to the Western influence – reviving our rich cultural heritage. A century later, 32 year old illustrator –…

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…

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…

Picturesque India

Picturesque India: A Journey in Early Picture Postcards (1896-1947) Sangeeta and Ratnesh Mathur, Niyogi Books,  Rs. 1,430, ISBN 978-93-85285-91-2

Fashioning gender neutral clothes

Wajahat Rather is a beautiful young man. He reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s description of his character Dorian gray in the book ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray.’ And so do his edgy yet simple aesthetics which take reference from Kashmiri roots of arts and crafts for fashioning gender neutral clothing. I was lucky to have…

All for the love of handloomed waste

Don’t know what to term this unfortunate situation as …evolution or extermination? From Sunder Nagri to the neighbouring towns of Delhi, Ashita Singhal of Paiwand – a fresh fashion design graduate combed for weavers late last year and realized that the community was on the brink of extinction. Their derelict units brought tears to her eyes….

A realist, and dark artist’s tryst with embroidery

I avoid horror films or anything dark but this embroidery art drew my cynosure because of its brightly coloured beads and threadwork. Using colours and embellishment his artworks lighten heady realism of unrest and extremism today. Presently, working on his next exhibit is the artist – Theegulla Venkanna, at Kalhath Institute, Lucknow. Founded by Lucknow Design…