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Riches from Hyderabad

by  Mala Marwah

Jagdish Mittal, Connoisseur, collector, artist and historian-scholar, brings rare delight to Delhi with an exhibition of folk paintings from his renowned collection. The treasures of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, gifted to the nation, lie in special store in Hyderabad, and every

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Baroda: In search of time past

by  Mala Marwah

All of Baroda is redolent with the secrets of an old city, writes Mala Marwah of the Gaekwads’ ancient capital, where palaces and old fashioned bakeries coexist amiably with the Indian Petro-chemical complex and a space-age planetarium.

It is always very atmospheric to write 'Leaves from a Diary’

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Exhibition Review: Nilima Sheikh's paintings

by  Mala Marwah

Nilima Sheikh’s recent recent exhibition in Delhi which included oil paintings drew special attention to its section of watercolours painted on traditional vasli (a mounted surface prepared by laminating three or four thicknesses of handmade paper with lai, coated, given a glue and whitening

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Notes on four artists: Vivan Sundaram, Nalini Malani, Gieve Patel, Bhupen Khakhar

by  Mala Marwah

It will be acknowledged that the expression of civic values in art is not a new concept of this century. The curious fact is however tat the perspectives of art history, and indeed social history, display an emphasis on this aspect of life in a distinct and especial manner, both in terms of the development

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The Secular Image

by  Mala Marwah

In the concluding article of the series, Paintings Must be Talked About, edited by Gieve Patel, Mala Marwah examines the work of Gulam Mohammed Sheikh and Laxma Goud.

One stream of contemporary Indian art has focussed attention upon non-purist exercise, with emphasis on subject matter and image.

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Narrative Elements in Painting. Solid Aspects of a Shifting Art

by  Mala Marwah

A great storyteller will always be rooted in the people, primarily in a milieu of craftsmen.

- Walter Benjamin, The Storyteller,‘Illuminations’

To narrate is to evoke. As with all forms of expression that have their origin in the oral tradition, the narrative emphasizes subject-matter which

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Nilima Sheikh- The Picture and Beyond

by  Mala Marwah

Nilima Sheikh’s approach to her work is far more than the painting of a picture. Some months earlier she exhibited the Images from Umrao, large screen panels painted to show the changing of the seasons as sympathetic visuals to the ageing of the courtesan Umrao Jaan in the play of the same name.This

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Nilima Sheikh: Human Encounters with the Natural World

by  Mala Marwah

The work of Nilima Sheikh (b. 1945) stands before us at a time when varying theories relating to modernism in Indian art are being closely argued. Her working of an aesthetic that relates art to the artisanal has enriched our reading of the modern, and owes as much to her teacher at the Faculty of Fine

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Madhvi Parekh

by  Mala Marwah

It will be observed that the strength of artistic Memory lies in its power to transform the subject of its inspiration. Far from being merely reflective, such memory makes it possible to recount an incident in a new context with fresh significance. Much more than representation is required to refascinate

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Magan Soma

by  Mala Marwah

Magan Soma Parmar worked as a Studio Attendant of the Fine Arts, Baroda, for 18 years. On the 14th of August 1975 he succumbed to a prolonged ailment at the age of 39.

Working with students and teachers in the graphics department he showed an increasing interest and talent in printmaking

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Akbar Padamsee in conversation with Mala Marwah

by  Mala Marwah

Through variance of all kinds in the stylistic concerns of an artist, one factor that makes itself clearly available to sight is the vision that dictates his path and choices. The visual statement describes its own temper. In the artist's table of priorities, the actual choice of subject and

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Expression in Style

by  Mala Marwah

It stands to reason that with regard to an artist like Souza, whose temperament would seem to lay him bare his work will also be similarly apodictic. The thesis that points to things shared between body and mind is not a new one, but is perhaps the strongest argument that accompanies any work of an

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