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Ravi Varma’s lay appeal

by  Gulammohammed Sheikh

Baroda played a crucial role in the career of Raja Ravi Varma. The rare honour of being a state guest at the investiture ceremony of the Maharaja Sayaji Rao III in 1881 must have given a sense of recognition to the artist who faced virtual banishment from his home state, Travancore. In Baroda he was

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Letters by Gulammohammed Sheikh to Krishen Khanna

by  Gulammohammed Sheikh

Dated: 22nd July 1969

My dear Krishen,

. . . Geeta’s thesis has some interesting points (given only read one of the papers!) in which she discards the hegemony of European attitude over us. She has bravely criticised the attitudes and operations in the world of art that has put Western

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Returning Home (II)

by  Gulammohammed Sheikh

In the afternoon when everyone was resting I would go to dada’s old room and sit there by myself. Sometimes I would write odd scraps or make pictures. In the midst of this activity there would be several pauses, during which my gaze would slowly fix itself on the wall rising outside the

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Returning Home (II)

by  Gulammohammed Sheikh

Just outside the College of Fine Arts where I go to teach I have seen for the past three months an old adivasi woman sitting on the rough path by the gate. Someone said that because of the famine her son-in-law brought her here and left her. The old woman hears and understands little and her name and

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Returning Home (I)

by  Gulammohammed Sheikh

Long absences past, returning home...to have my feet sprout roots, implant them in old earth. And no respite without it; but where is home, where do I go? Returning to Kathiawar, with thoughts clinging to me like creepers.

Dawn: Viramgam, where the trains change. Memories of this air, this land

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