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Exploring the Pioneering Photography of Homai Vyarawalla

Abhishek Kumar Homai Vyarawalla was a pioneering Indian photographer who captured some of the most iconic images of the country’s history. Her work spanned from the 1930s to the 1970s and documented some of the most important events in India’s independence, including the coronation of King George VI, the death of Mahatma Gandhi, and the …

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Souvik Das journey after First Take 2018

The naturalness characteristic of the surface of a geological cave serves as my source of inspiration which is translated through clay. In my work, the clay is used in such a way that it retains its utmost natural character. Also, the geometry of space inspires me. Its regularity and irregularity are my interest to achieve. …

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Sewon Rai\’s dystopian vision of world

\”Problems emerging from our socio-political scenario leading to a questionable system we live in, occupy my thoughts and get reflected in my ideas and works. Many of my subjects are based on the dystopian vision of the world, the Wars, and scenes of annihilation\” – SEWON RAI Sewon Rai was one of ten winners of …

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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 …

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First Take 2021 winner Rutvik Mehta: Where is he now?

\”Surrounded by domesticated animals most of my life, I have learned to observe and study them closely. My works are heavily influenced by their presence in the fields and grounds where I have grown up and lived. Growing up in remote areas of the Gir forest, I have always been seated in the lap of …

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Meet 2022 Padma Shri awardee, path-breaking Gond artist Durga Bai Vyam

President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt. Durga Bai Vyam for Art. She is a Pardhan Gond artist hailing from Madhya Pradesh. She has worked hard to regenerate the tribal art form. Her paintings are mostly drawn from the folklores and stories of her tribe and their myths. pic.twitter.com/iisPpE0QgF — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March …

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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 …

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First Take 2021 Jury: Hartmut Wurster explores a dual approach to art from a bi-cultural perspective

Growing up in Germany and going on to spend 11 fruitful years in India as an enthusiast and purveyor of art has lent a unique perspective on all things aesthetic to Hartmut Wurster. The aficionado of art, an esteemed jury member of Abir First Take 2021, brings to the table a twin perspective from the …

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First Take 2021 Jury: The perception of trajectories with artist Rm Palaniappan

Not all lines need to be boundaries, or even bound to expectations. They could even be described as boundless when it comes to the art of Rm Palaniappan, whose experiments with geometric style, symmetry and the usage of space dominate most frames he creates. It is not much of a wonder then that a fascination …

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“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 …

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