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Relics of Royalty: Exploring India\’s missing art since colonial times – III

In a short, multi-part series, we explore some of the masterpieces of art that were spirited away by colonial powers from what stands as modern India — all of which have not been returned till date. In part III, we catch a glimpse of select royal relics, encapsulating the grandeur of yore, much of which …

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From beauty behind the burkha to being inspired by food, Young Andhra artists add diversity to the platter

In a series documenting the arts practice of emerging artists, we connect with some young guns from Andhra Pradesh. Abir Pothi reports! Sonali Laha: Exploring journeys of the soul Sonali completed her Master’s in Fine Arts at the University of Hyderabad in 2012. Since then, she has lived in the city and has been practicing …

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Jal, Jungle aur Zameen: Chhattisgarh artists wow Mumbai with their versatility

Abir Pothi traces the stories of two artists from the hinterlands of Chhattisgarh who have been creating dialogue over the invasion of land, water and forests and the very mechanisms through which it violently takes place. Artists Rajkumar Korram and Shantibai articulate their thoughts through the essential constituents of their world, Jal (water), Jungle (forest), …

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Magic realism and metal monsters: Young installation artists whipping up a storm!

In the second of a series on emerging installation artists, we profile the trajectories of Tyrell Valladares and Shilo Shiv Suleman. Their work is catching the eyeballs of late! Abir Pothi reports! Tyrell Valladares: From mosaic work to metal predators Today, Tyrell Valladares’s Metalhead Studio has branched out into set design and production, light art …

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Utsha Foundation announces INR 2,00,000 grant for artists creating for an environmental cause

Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Arts is inviting proposals for ‘The METIS Initiative on Plastics and the Indo-Pacific Ocean 2021.’ The initiative is aimed at identifying emerging artists who are passionate about environmental causes. The candidate/s is expected to undertake an artistic project that discusses water pollution due to plastic. Candidates above 18 years of age, …

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Young artists get inspired by Mandu in monsoon for Raza Foundation’s art camp

Emerging artists from Madhya Pradesh got the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in Rang Mandu, an art camp organized by The Raza Foundation. An abundance of art, monsoon magic, stimulating discussions, and a dash of poetry were included in the 5-day event. Abir Pothi reports: Impeccable planning and execution was evident at Rang Mandu, …

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Iconic and iconoclastic: Anjolie Ela Menon emerges from her 81st birthday towards a long-distance solo show in NYC

Abir Pothi celebrates yet another exciting cusp for a dynamic pioneer, who has helmed both the figurative and the feminine in Indian art — Anjolie Ela Menon She celebrated her 81st birthday on July 17, 2021, just 10 days ago, and already, she is poised to feature a solo show at the well-known New York-based AICON Gallery …

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Diagonals, goddesses, and demons: Our ‘Celebration’ of Tyeb Mehta’s genius on his birth anniversary

One of the giants of the Indian art scene, Tyeb Mehta was born on July 26, 1925 in Kapadwanj, Gujarat. Abir Pothi pays tribute to this legacy on this day The anecdotes surrounding his art practice are many. One goes that an angry outburst, in a moment of creative frustration, he splashed a diagonal streak …

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Comparing cultural disparities, FIRST TAKE 2019 winner probes ethics and identity through art in NYC

Abir FIRST TAKE 2019 winner Abhishek Tuiwala has gone places. Today, he is pursuing an MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institution, Brooklyn. He believes the essence of humanity is all about culture, ethics and identity and this philosophy translates into his research. He says his research study\’s primary objective is to investigate the effect of …

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