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The Indigenous Problem

by  Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni

During the height of the aggressive spread of British domination of this country's territories, in the 19th century, an influential section of the Indian intelligentsia realised that the English language was the key to amassing all the vast knowledge that gave the sahib his power and his invincibility.

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A synergetic display of talent

by  Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni

We are providing a triple perspective on contemporary Indian art, explains Geetha Mehra, the energetic director of the Synergy Art Foundation. The occasion was the recent opening of Synergy’s art season in Bombay with a grand, three-part exhibition at the Sakshi Gallery.

The exhibition included the

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The Rise and Decline of Landscape Art

by  Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni

This is a scrupulously revised edition of Kenneth Clark’s book, first published in 1949 and based on lectures delivered by him as Slade professor at Oxford. It is true that, after covering the entire history of landscape art from its beginning in medieval times to an inevitable neglect in

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Souza's Scorching Genius

by  Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni

Francis Newton Souza is one of the most phenomenal figures in contemporary Indian art. His emergence on the art scene in the late forties centrally divides as it were the great spam of 20th century Indian painting. It closes the chapter firmly, and once for all, on the art of pre-Independence

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V S Gaitonde

by  Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni

Two years after the Progressive Group emerged in the Bombay art world, Vasudev S. Gaitonde took his diploma (1948) from the J.J. School of Art. There was a recognisable spirit of revolt and experimentation in the air. The leading members of the Progressive Group, Souza, Raza and Ara, did not share a

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