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Coming out with respect for a pioneer of the Indian art world: Bhupen Khakhar was born today

March 10, On This Day Empowerment often owes a kindred debt to the courage of legions, or even individuals, who stood tall against norms years ago and opened up a pathway for the freedoms we enjoy today. One such artist, whose open acceptance of his homosexuality via and beyond his artwork forged brilliant new possibilities …

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Taking Pride in their spectrum of art: 10 LGBTQIA artists of India, from the seasoned lot to Gen Z

In 1981, in New Delhi, artist Bhupen Khakhar displayed his painting ‘You Can’t Please All’ in what was later hailed as a definitive show — not just for the artist or for Indian art, but for Indian society at large. Khakhar came out as gay to the public in this exhibition, which was praised for …

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‘Disruption, destruction go hand in hand for creation’: Vasudevan Akkitham

Artist Vasudevan Akkitham weighs in about disruption in the art practice, and whether contemporary art is truly creating a language of its own As a stalwart of Indian art, a celebrated artist and also a teacher of art for many years, Vasudevan Akkitham has a certain clarity of vision when it comes to concepts within …

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How Bhupen Khakhar came out as gay through his painting ‘You Can’t Please All’

On his birth week, the Abir Pothi team pays tribute to the artist who had the guts to be what he was before it was fashionable in India Imagine it is 1981. Less than two years after the first ‘Coming Out Day’ was celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community on October 14, 1979. And you have …

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