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Amid repatriation news, we delve into the magnificence of Chola art

With two antique Chola bronze sculptures poised to be repatriated to India, Abir Pothi takes a glimpse into this exquisite and iconic art of the 12th-century civilization, via a series of tweets by noted art historian and writer William Dalrymple earlier this year, extolling the intricate artistry involved Mere days ago, in a widely-hailed piece...

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Three legends of printmaking, and a month that celebrates them

The process of creating artworks by printing, or printmaking, has had a long and fascinating history. Abir Pothi pays homage to three names that shine in this constellation, all of whom had a birthday month in July Mukul Dey: Drypoint-etching pioneer, born July 23 A pioneer of drypoint-etching in India was born in this month,...

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A master of Realism from South India taken by the pandemic

The indiscriminately cruel pandemic earlier this month carried away South Indian artist S Elayaraja, known for his stunningly realistic portrayals of ‘Dravidian women’. Abir Pothi condoles Strikingly real imagery with an almost photo-like study of light, beautiful women in vibrant saris, flowers in their hair and a hint of a smile always playing on their...

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‘I refuse to be shoved into a box of stereotypes’, says Pakistani artist Fauzia Minallah

She is a fearless voice in a turbulent time, a beacon of outspokenness for the rights of women and children, and an inexorable force in promoting environment and heritage conservation. Pakistani artist Fauzia Minallah paints, makes cloth murals, engraves slates, creates installations in the woods, writes and illustrates books, sketches searing political cartoons, and designs...

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Shakti Maira: In pursuit of beauty, from 1947 to 2021

An artist, but also a thinker and author of global renown, Shakti Maira passed away on May 9 at the age of 73, leaving behind a multifaceted legacy An intense belief in beauty, in all its forms, lingers behind in the passing of artist, sculptor, writer, philosopher, polemicist and teacher Shakti Maira, who slipped away...