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Born on this day: M. F. Husain, the Bombay Progressive who reinvented the pictorial plane

Suggested: Abir Pothi’s retrospective take on the artist. By Vinay Seth “Art is always ahead of time. Tomorrow, they will understand it.” —M. F. Husain Early Moorings M. F. Husain, popularly hailed as the ‘Picasso of India’, was born on this day, 17th September, in 1915. Maqbool Fida Husain was born in Pandharpur, in Maharashtra...


Between reality and fantasy: The magic of the mundane on Sosa Joseph’s canvases

Abir Pothi explores the seamless ‘everywhereness’ and dreamlike quality of Kerala-based contemporary artist Sosa Joseph Indian contemporary artist Sosa Joseph was born on December 23, 1971, in Parumala, a small village in southern Kerala, where she was raised in a house right by the river. “For us, it all began with the river. It flowed through...


“I am interested in surprises from my art,” says Manjunath Kamath, a man of many mediums

Skilled facility with diverse media, multiple cultural references, traditional iconography, fragmented imageries, an often humorous visual vocabulary, and constantly reinvented modes of storytelling are the hallmark of noted artist and sculptor Manjunath Kamath’s works. In this Abir Pothi exclusive, he shares his journey with Gauri Gharpure Temple sculptures and paintings, churches, and Jain temples were...


Sudhir Patwardhan: Chronicles of the meticulous observer

The bustling, ever-frenetic, almost endearingly claustrophobic charm of Mumbai is not one to be taken lightly. It inspires fierce loyalty, reluctant admiration and often stunning art — as evidenced in the works of notable and (more notably so) self-taught artist Sudhir Patwardhan, who for several decades now has managed to distill this incredibly mundane yet...