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Himmat Shah, Part 2: The Ceramic Yogi

Continued from Part 1 “Look at people today — how they have become obsessed with their own body. How strange it seems that everyone wants to become body-less without understanding the body, dream of freedom without knowing boundation. It seems that everything is floating in thin air; the journey-nobody wants to embark on that process,...


Himmat Shah, Part 1: The poet of clay and ceramics

  There is nothing straight about Himmat Shah. From his personal life to his art, which keeps meandering into different contours in ways one can not even imagine. One can experience them though, this process of exploring the unknown within him and around and his capacity to reveal some bits. Crossing the threshold of 90...


Exploring how art gives depth to design: Room For More Art with Sanjana Samel and Sachin Ambekar

Abir Pothi presents Room For More Art — a series of features on interior designers across geographic boundaries, discussing with them the nuances of their profession, their methods of sourcing and projecting art into their work, the challenges they face, and a whole lot more perspective. Sachin Ambekar and Sanjana Samel: ‘Art adds a narrative...


Join us as we spot fresh talent across Indian cities! As first of the series, get to know ‘Young Baroda’

Kanika Shah: From water colours to woodcuts Blending various media and constantly evolving her style, Baroda-based Kanika Shah is bold when it comes to experimentation. Kanika pursued her undergrad in painting and postgrad in graphics from MS University Baroda. She has exhibited her work nationally and globally and has won the Dr. Iwasaki 1 Prize...


Traditional Indian games recast as works of art

Resurrecting a fascinating project that brought together Indian and international artists for their take on ancient beloved games like Ganjifa (cards) and Moksha Patam (snakes and ladders), Chhaap: Foundation for Printmaking Trust has dipped into its archive to look ahead with renewed collaborative vigour They are games most of us have played at some point...


In our fast-paced life, we have forgotten the small details: Vasudevan Akkitham

Veteran artist Vasudevan Akkitham discusses with Abir Pothi the changing mores of art in the last four decades, and shares his wisdom for fledgling artists Regarded a pioneer of Indian art, 63-year-old Vasudevan Akkitham has had a bird’s-eye view and understanding of its fascinating evolution over the last four-odd decades, and believes that we stand...