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5:30 pm 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 noon

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March 21 - April 9 Gallery Sri Parvati 11:30 am March 21 - 30 Ayya Art Gallaries 4:30 pm March 21 - 27 Lalit Kala Akademi 5:30 pm March 21 - 28 Art & Soul Art Gallery 5:30 pm March 21 - 26 Asharaa 6:30 pm Cholamandal Cultural 6:30 pm Centre for Contemporary Art

India’s Festival for Modern & Contemporary Art

March 20 - 26, 2011

Art Camp Opens at all 3 Taj Hotel March 22 - April 23 Forum Art Gallery March 22 - 30 Art World Prakriti Arts

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March 19 - April 18 Dakshinachitra March 20 - April 1 Focus Gallery March 20 - 26 Apparao Gallery The Faraway Tree Gallery March 20 - April 19 Ashvita

March 23 - 30 Athreyaa Art Gallery Lakshana Art Gallery March 23 - April 9 Gallery Sumukha March 23 - 30 SAFION

1:00 pm

March 24 *Taj Art Exhibit & Video Lounge 6:30 pm *Art Conversations - Day 1 Session I Collectors’ Corner 2:30 - 4:00 pm Session II The Art Critic 4:30 - 6:00 pm March 25 Art exhibit continues 11 am -9 pm *Art Conversations - Day II Session I The Curatorial Eye 2:30 - 4:00 pm Session II The Art Market 4:30 - 6:00 pm March 26 *Art Conversations - Day III Session I Artist’s In Conversation 11:00 am 12:30 pm *Auction 6:30 pm * By invitation only

6:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm

3:30 pm 5.00 pm 6:30 pm 7.00 pm

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C H E N N A I

The evolution of art has always followed the evolving cultures of the period, reflecting the trends of the time. Art in this sense, could be called society’s mirror, reflecting what is and what can be. Modern art is nothing but the expression of the contained passion in the world around us. In one of the world’s most ancient cultures, India, contemporary art is flourishing under the blanket of change that is even now, sweeping the country. In the wake of this movement, ART CHENNAI 2011 was conceptualized to be the largest confluence of art minds in the country. Over 7 exciting days, art collectors, historians, artists and critics from around the country shall converge under the Chennai sky as we showcase the best of Indian modern and contemporary art, with 27 show openings, over 2,000 displays at over 20 galleries around the city. It does not stop there! ART CHENNAI will also feature some of the most unique presentations with Live art shows from acclaimed artists, interactive seminars, and more. In essence, this is a festival of modern and contemporary art that is set to engulf the city of Chennai. As we celebrate the works of India’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, we also celebrate the passion of India’s young and emerging art talent with a platform that will allow their work to reach a larger, refined audience. ART CHENNAI is an initiative to inspire artistic expression and awaken the people across social strata to the wonder that is contemporary art, year after year.

Sanjay Tulsyan Convenor ART CHENNAI 2011

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Art Gallery blank 1. Apparao Art Gallery 2. Art & Soul 3. Artworld 4. Asharaa 5. Ashvita 6. Athreyaa 7. Ayya Art Gallery 8. Cholamandal Artists’ Village 9. DakshinaChitra 10. Focus Gallery 11. Forum Art Gallery 12. Galerie 88 13. Gallery Espace 14 Gallery Sri Parvati 15. Lakshana 16. Lalit Kala Akademi 17. Open Eyed Dreams 18. Prakrit Art Gallery 19. Project 88 20. Safion Art Gallery 21. Sumukha Art Gallery 22. The Faraway Tree Gallery

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Artist Camp

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Video Lounge

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Art Auction

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Artist Profiles

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Apparao Galleries anjolie.elamenon bikashbhattacharya ganeshpyne jehangirsabavala m.f.husain nasreenmohamedi s.h.raza v.s.gaitonde laxmagoud a.p.santhanaraj

Address: No. 7, Wallace Gardens 3rd Street, Nungambakkam Chennai-600006 T: 044-28330726, 044-28332226 +91-99410-12380,+91-99410-12386 +91-99410-12387 E: gallery@apparaoart.com W: www.apparaogalleries.com 1


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Apparao Galleries, originally called ‘The Gallery’ was launched in 1984 in Chennai. With the globalization of art and a keen interest in contemporary art, its pioneer Sharan Apparao, has built Apparao Galleries to one of the leading contemporary art galleries in India. Apparao Galleries caters to the aesthetic needs of the Indian diaspora and provides a window to the exciting trends that emerge from South India.The gallery has the distinction of having promoted some of the most renowned names of Indian Contemporary Art. The gallery deals with established artists while also building unknown emerging artists into ‘brands’ in the art world. Having taken on the mantel of an incubator Apparao Galleries has discovered and supported several young artists. Apparao Galleries understands the needs of the collectors and acts as a consultant to authenticate and document all aspects of contemporary art for private and corporate collectors. Apparao Galleries is nurtured with passion by Sharan Apparao who firmly believes in ‘art for art’s sake’. The gallery looks at art with an open mind and continues to inspire artists and art lovers from all walks of life.

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Modern Masters of Indian Art An independent India, as expected, ushered in a new page of history and, amongst others, the art movement gained momentum. Since the 50s the movement has changed and adapted with the history and the growth of the country. A glance at the art movement of the last five to six decades shows how certain artists have contributed significantly to it and gained a well-earned place. Some of the artists went on to become educators while others held very strong views and soon had their own followers. There were yet others who created their own significant space. The last 60 years covers broadly three to four generations of artists. This exhibition presents to the viewer a sampling of their work. It is by no means a definitive study of the history but just a glimpse into the window of the work of the artists who contributed to the history of the modern art movement in India. This show will include the work of MF Hussain, Raza, Souza, Gulam Sheikh, Krishen Khanna, Gaitonde, Arpita Singh, Nasreen Mohammedi, Panniker, Redappa Naidu, Bikash Bhattachrya, Laxma Goud, Garesh Pyne, Jogen Chowdhury, Sabavala, Padamsee, Anjoli Ela Menon, Arpana Caur, Rekha Rodwittiya and others. Most of the works have been borrowed from private collections.

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Anjolie Ela Menon (b. 1940) Untitled Acrylic on masonite 48 x 24 inches

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Bikash Bhattacharya (b. 1940-2006) Woman At The Window 1993 Oil on canvas 57.5 x 47.5 inches

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Ganesh Pyne (b. 1937) Untitled 1970 Tempara on canvas 21.75 x 25.75 inches

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Jehangir Sabavala (b. 1922) Untitled 1998 Oil on canvas 60 x 41 inches

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M. F. Husain (b. 1915) The Tea Party Oil on canvas 72 x 84 inches

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Nasreen Mohamedi (b. 1937-1990) Untitled Pen & ink on paper 14 x 10 inches

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S. H. Raza (b. 1922) Italian Village Oil on canvas 47 x 39 inches

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V. S. Gaitonde (b. 1924-2001) Untitled Pen & ink on paper 30 x 23 inches

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A ROOM WITH A VIEW Paintings, Drawings, Etchings and Sculptures, Over the years Laxma Goud is one of indias most well known printmakers and draughtsmen. Exceptionally skilled and versatile, he has been a practicing artist since the sixties and a mentor to many artists and art students. Working with varied mediums, showing great dedication, he mastered and controlled the line and this was first evident in his exceptional etchings from the seventies. It is in these very etchings that one sees his facination with fantasy. He plays the role of the voyeur to the hilt allowing all forms of fantasy to enter his work and mindspace. This feature is carried further into his later work as well appearing in different forms even into his three-dimensional sculptures. “A Room With A View “is a peep into the fascinating mindspace of Laxma Goud. It is a specially created installation of overlapping ideas, mediums, forms and works. It is a mere view, and hence the title “A Room With A View” This exhibition as part of Art Chennai at Apparao Infinity, is culled together from private collections in Chennai allowing one a glimpse at this fascinating artists oeurve.

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Laxma Goud (b. 1940) Untitled Watercolor on paper a. 7.25 x 7 inches b. 7.25 x 7 inches

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Laxma Goud (b. 1940) Untitled Mixed media on board 6 x 3.5 inches

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Laxma Goud (b. 1940) Untitled Mixed media on board 6 x 3.5 inches

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curator’snote Reclaiming Tradition Dr. Ashrafi S. Bhagat In the late 1950s, the ambience at the Madras School of Arts and Crafts in Chennai was tinged with high-spiritedness and dynamic energy, with teachers and students confidently exploring and investigating various technique, media and visual language. The enthusiasm and inherent vigour offered momentum for the full effulgence of the development of modernity in art namely the Madras Art Movement. One artist who emerged from within this vitiating milieu in the late 50s was A. P. Santhanaraj. Described as an artist genius, exemplary teacher, a pioneer and innovator he seemingly exerted tremendous influence on his students, which describes him as one of the pillars of the Madras School of Arts Born on 13th March, 1932 at Tiruvannamalai in Tamilnadu, his predilection in drawing manifested from an impressionable age of four. In kindling interest in the world of visual perception his mother played a formative role. His life revolved around her – a powerful, influential and a dominating personality in a household of eight. She kept him distracted, through drawings and picture alphabets when he became irritable and tense. This was his baptism into the world of art. The formative years at the Madras School of Arts and Crafts where he obtained his art pedagogy, shaped his vision and simultaneously he was drawn into the creative vortex that was developing under the regime of K.C.S. Paniker namely the question of ‘Indian identity’ within mainstream internationalism. Said Santhanaraj, “Paniker, induced his disciples to think on national level rather than on purely modern styles. He wanted identity of Indian tradition as inspiration. He wanted them to be very conscious of Indian culture.” His contribution towards this debate was considered decisive. Santhanaraj played a seminal and an energetic role in the growth and development of the Madras Art Movement. His regional sensibility manifested in the primeval quality of his line, the strong reductive simplicity of his forms, the iconic frontality that was salient of folk and tribal arts and the brilliant juxtaposition of colours. He drew his sustenance in art from life around him. He reinforced the concept of indigenism/nativism by his themes of pastoral life - women at leisure, playing with deer’s, adorning herself, absorbed in her household chores - all realized exclusively through his numenous space, the decorative line and brilliant juxtaposition of colours. His style approaches the cubists and expressionists particularly for their fractured fragmented angular forms and expressive emotional distortions that carried regional and folk inspired imagery. Within the ‘Indian’ classical pictorial art observed in the murals at Thanjavur and Sittanavasal, he constructed the figures sensuously with an earthy feel for the form but within modernist trends he explored it purely as an object within two-dimensionality of the picture plane implicating the male gaze. An interesting aspect of his landscape construction was the manner in which the foreground engages with narrative elements while the background was like a wall. This challenge he responded, by fracturing the space as series of decorative shaped patches. This patched treatment was intentional to go beyond opticality and create an ‘atmosphere’ of mystery and strangeness. Santhanaraj’s originality and novel approach to picture making is identified in this area. It is this ambiguous definition between the foreground and the background that imparts a mystical aura or ‘atmosphere’ that Santhanaraj equates to music. His paintings and drawings convey the same feel. In the tradition of the Madras Art Movement his works mark a different signpost. Santhanaraj till the end of his life continued to paint in the same mode. His medium however varied from oils to acrylics to water colours to colored felt pens. His narrative themes remain pastoral as also his female forms. There is in his works a sense of heightened attenuation bordering on stylization. Collectively these accretions lend his created expressions a sense of decorative design and patterning providing a familial link with the Madras Group. Ms. Ashrafi S. Bhagat M.A., M.Phil, P.hd. is an Art Historian. and an Art Critic She is an Associate Professor and Former Head, Department of Fine Arts Stella Maris College, [Autonomous] Chennai. She writes on contemporary art and issues in various magazines and journals.

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From the private collection of Prashant Tulsyan

A. P. Santhanaraj (b. 1932) Untitled Oil On Canvas 35 x 28 inches

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From the private collection of Prashant Tulsyan

A. P. Santhanaraj (b. 1932) Untitled Oil On Canvas 36 x 33 inches

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Art&Soul ArtGallery c.douglas k.muralidharan r.rajasekarannair s.g.vasudev

Address: Swadesh Complex, 204/A East Coast Road Akkarai, Chennai – 600 119 T: +91 44 28114700 19


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In any city there is always a ‘hang out’ for artists. Cafe’ de la Regence & Cafe’ Guerbois in Paris, Triveni Cafe in Delhi, College Street Coffee House in Kolkata, Prithvi Theatre Complex & Samovar Garden Cafe’ in Mumbai are a few of these. These ‘Hang Outs’ promote and nurture ideas across various media. Great schools of thoughts and art movements have taken birth at these places. Communism, Existentialism, Impressionism, Expressionism are all products of these Art houses. These meeting places are hotbeds of active discussions, debates and altercations, all of them culminating in the crystallization of ideas that change the world. Art & Soul on ECR rings in a space that bridges the elite & the hoi polloi; the urban & the rural; the classical & the folk. It aims at linking the established & the non-established; the renowned & the upcoming. The gallery at Art & Soul aims to feature works of emerging artists, so that it will serve to launch talents that have not seen serendipitous grace yet. “Affordable art for the ardent art admirer will be the priority” says Nina Reddy who promotes this with zealous enthusiasm. Nina Reddy, who is a director of the Hotel Savera Group, runs the gallery along with noted Theatre, TV & Performing arts personality, Shylaja Chetlur. With a commodious well-lit space just 7 kms off Thiruvanmiyur on the prestigious East Coast Road, it is an alluring joint that is easily reachable yet far enough from the city’s busy buzz. One can completely relax in the halcyonic environs of any one of the three restaurants here. The show is jointly presented by Art & Soul and Safion and curated by Prabhakar Krishnan.

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GESTURAL FIGURATION Curated by Prabhakar Krishnan, SAFION

The constellation of artists in this show includes S. G. Vasudev – C. Douglas – K. Muralidharan - This group of artists have played a significant role & contributed to the change in the face of the contemporary Indian Art through their compelling vision of Indian modernity. S. G. Vasudev(1941) Vasudev’s respect for human relationship and nature are reflected in his work, He scratches the surface creating an attractive contrast of thick and thin, light and dark, smooth and rough. His themes often spill into one another and they reappear over and again, like old refrains. He uses similar lyrical lines, the feathering out of images and the clear, brilliant colours that were used then.This merging of images and renewal of ideas give his work both freshness and familiarity. C. Douglas (1951) An artist with an interest in reading critical theory and philosophy, Douglas’s paintings engage with the image/text association by juxtaposing images with words. These texts simulate speech, His quasi abstracts are not aridly serious, rather they attract by the playfulness of his technique, allegorically inscribes the changing human persona and character through metaphors. K. Muralidharan (1954) Muralidharan’s works and his own world, revolves around the close confines of designed surfaces made of pictorial elements he inherited from the land he is born in. In his paintings, he tries to view images of Gods and Goddesses with the dreamy eyes childlike innocence.The forms of animals and humanized deities lend his canvases a sense of purity. The myths and folklores have been his inspiration. Rajasekaran Nair (1957) His works on Black Granite’ is a powerful piece with its contrasts of smooth/ rough textures.

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C. Douglas (b. 1951) Shelter 2010 Mixed media on canvas 48 x 72 inches

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K. Muralidharan (b. 1954) Meenakshi Mixed media on canvas 42 x 42 inches

R. Rajasekaran Nair (b. 1957) The three graces 2009 Black & grey granite 34 x 8 x 37 inches

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S. G.Vasudev (b. 1941) She, Sea & Man 2006 Oil on canvas 37 x 69 inches

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Artworld alphonsodoss amitabhsengupta asmamenon dhirajchoudhury j.vasanth nandagopal prakashkarmarkar r.b.bhaskaran r.b.murari rabinmondal senathipathi tapasghosal

Address: Sarala’s Art Centre 1/12, Ganeshpuram, 3rd Street Chennai - 600 018 T: + 91 44 24338691 / 24315371 E: artworld@airtelmail.in W: www.artworldindia.com 25


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Artworld – Sarala’s Art Centre was established in 1965 and is one of the oldest galleries in India. For the first 20 years, the gallery single-handedly established and promoted contemporary art in the Southern region. Since its inception, Artworld has been associated with some of the greatest artists of the country, as well as promoted many young and upcoming artists of the country. Artworld has curated a series of important shows in The Pao Galleries - Hong Kong, The Art Museum Ginza – Tokyo,The Raffles Hotel – Singapore, Gallery Quadrivium - Sydney,The National gallery of Modern Art – Kuala Lampur, The University Museum – Penang, Wein and Kunst Gallery – Essen (Germany), Paris and Denmark. Artworld put together for the first time a Retrospective Exhibition of the well known artist Paritosh Sen, spanning 60 years of his work and exhibited the travelling retrospective in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. Two significant publications on the artist were published as well as a video documentary on the artist. Having conducted significant Art workshops in various locations with some of the most prominent artists of the country,Artworld also curated an exhibition and auction for charity in Chennai which was auctioned by Bonham’s, UK.The gallery has contributed significantly over the years in curating auctions for various charities. Artworld has been consulted by various Interior Designers, Corporates and Multinationals for the acquisition of Art for their interiors. The gallery is in the process of constructing an International Residency for artists in Kodaikanal on 20 acres of land which it has acquired over the years.

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Alphonso Doss (b. 1939) Lady With A Fish 2008 Oil on canvas 34 x 34 inches

Amitabh Sengupta (b. 1941) Inscription Series - The Fallen Deity Acrylic on canvas 60 x 54 inches

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Asma Menon (b. 1961) Untitled Acrylic On Canvas 48 x 36 inches

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Dhiraj Choudhury (b. 1936) Fisherwoman Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches

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J.Vasanth

Untitled Bronze 14 x 9 x 3 inches

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Nandagopal (b. 1946) Tiger’s head Copper, brass & bell metal 6 x 23 x 30 inches

Nandagopal (b. 1946)

Moon Silver plated, copper, brass & bell metal 6 x 28 x 40 inches

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R. B. Bhaskaran (b. 1942) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 inches

R. B. Bhaskaran (b. 1942) Cat Acrylic on canvas 36 x 24 inches

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R. B. Murari (b. 1978) Landscape Acrylic & oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches

Rabin Mondal (b. 1929) Head 2009 Oil on board 15 x 12 inches

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Senathipathi (b. 1939) Queen Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 inches

Tapas Ghosal (b. 1965) Benaras Revisited 2010 Acrylic on canvas 42 x 54 inches

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Asharaa amitpasricha arvindhoon brianpotts hajraahmad madhavanpalanisamy nandinivalli nicolaschorier prashantpanjiar pushpamala raghurai rohitsabu roysinai varungupta waswo.x.waswo yannickcormier

Address: 18 & 20, Bheemana Garden Road Abhirampuram Chennai. T: 044-24672915 - 24660051 35


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Asharaa, a contemporary boutique, houses the latest and the trendiest products that comprise of lifestyle and interior accessories. It is the only home décor store that houses interior products such furniture, furnishings, bed and table linen, home accessories, accents, and lifestyle accessories all under one roof. Asharaa’s in-house design team specialize in various design services and are involved in a variety of interior design projects. The Asharaa line of products is developed by its creative director Roopa Shetty and embodies all that is elegant, individual and beautifully crafted. Asharaa also has a unique and serene ambience that includes a stage and open garden area where any event, talk, play or exhibition can be hosted. With its location being in the heart of the city, it is the perfect spot. Asharaa has its own delicatessen, ‘Crust’, which offers pastas, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and desserts prepared freshly everyday from fine natural ingredients. Asharaa, is an end to end solution provider for your home and for your lifestyle. The essence of the Asharaa style of designs is classily contemporary, uniquely crafted to suit individual needs of our patrons.

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Amit Pasricha (b. 1966) Untitled Hanhemuele archival paper 24 x 64 inches No. of editions 10

Arvind Hoon (b. 1962) Untitled Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta 13 x 13 inches (each)

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Brian Potts (b. 1954)

Untitled Somerset 100% Cotton Rag Archival Fine Art Paper 20 x 20 inches No. of editions 10

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Hajra Ahmad (b. 1985)

Untitled Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 16 x 24 inches No. of editions 10

Madhavan Palanisamy (b. 1975)

Untitled Somerset 100% Cotton Rag Archival Fine Art Paper 20 x 30, 10 x 14, 27 x 40 inches No. of editions 5

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Nicolas Chorier (b. 1962) The Lotus Temple, New Delhi Epson Enhanced Matte Paper 17.7 x 26.3 inches No. of editions 12

Prashant Panjiar (b. 1957) Kumbh Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 7.5 x 20, 11 x 30, 15 x 40 inches No. of editions 2 (of 10)

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Rohit Sabu (b. 1989)

Untitled Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 16 x 24, 20 x 30 inches No. of editions 10

Roy Sinai (b. 1965) Red Carpet 33.5 x 15.5 inches No. of editions 5

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Varun Gupta (b. 1982)

Delhi Exhibit-10 Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 12 x 18 inches No. of editions 10

Yannick Cormier (b. 1975) Untitled Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 16 x 24 inches No. of editions 10

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Ashvita abrahamgeorge benitaperciyal c.douglas krishnaswamy k.k.raghava magesh s. yuvaraj yuvarajvivek Ashvita Art Objects & Artifacts 11, Second Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004. T: +91 44 4210 9990, 2847 6063 E: ashvita@hotmail.com W: www.ashvita.com 43


galleryprofile Ashvita was launched in Chennai on October 18, 2002. First started as a Fine Art Gallery, it later on added a garden cafe in 2003, positioning itself as a meeting place for art aficionados. Ashvita rapidly grew into a retail and dining destination. Over the past years Ashvita has promoted several artists like C Douglas, C Krishnaswamy, S Yuvaraj, R Magesh, Raghava K K & Yuvaraj Vivek. Ashvita conducts an annual Short Film & Photography competition for film makers and photographers nationwide. It is now one of the premier short film and photography competitions in the country. On the 1st of August, 2009, Ashvita re-invented itself. The new avatar is an upscale lifestyle destination and houses a Fine Art Gallery, a Fine Dining Restaurant, a Boutique, Bookstore & Jewelry Store.

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curator’snote MADRAS CONTEMPORARY Curated by Ashvin Rajagopalan Madras Contemporary is a show that features the artworks of C. Douglas, Benita Perciyal, C. Krishnaswamy, K. K. Raghava, S. Yuvaraj, R. Magesh, Abraham George & Yuvaraj Vivek. For the first time in Chennai, a show like this will be presented to art audiences and collectors alike featuring a wide range of mediums from paintings, photographs, installations and performances.The work of each artist represents the current trends in art, being created in Madras.Ashvita is proud to define this group as the quintessential collective of artists who represent the Madras Art Movement in this contemporary forum. C. Douglas is one of the most revered artists from Madras today. His works are path breaking both in imagery as well as the medium used. His works evolve from a highly textual context and engage the viewer in a very serious dialogue. Douglas’s career has spanned over thirty years and he has constantly been adapting himself and his work thereby always being at the forefront of this contemporary movement Benita Perciyal is one of the very few women artists working in Madras today. Her works have been widely appreciated for their sensitive execution and bold expressions. Her themes are largely based on herself and her interactions with the physical / textural contents of the artwork itself. Her works range from paintings using natural dyes, sand, handmade papers as well as installations made with found objects, terracotta, natural materials and synthetics C. Krishnaswamy has become popular in the contemporary art scene for his performance based artworks. His works are derived from audience interactions as well as his immersion into the everyday world. Krishnaswamy’s works are based on several installations, videos and paintings. His current body of work is based around the everyday objects. K. K. Raghava is an internationally known artist. His current body of works evolves from his personal life dealing with the birth of his children and his interactions with the new world of art in New York City. He is an accomplished artist who has been part of international auctions and museum shows. His current works have been developed as in interactive project with noted singer / songwriter Paul Simon. S.Yuvaraj is a sculptor who has been working with a large range of mediums over the years. His current installation project revolves around the concept of “If these walls could hear”.Yuvaraj is known for his perfectionist skills and attention to detail in his works. R. Magesh is a young artist who brings to his works the freshness of contemporary urban culture. His works blend a comic style with a very serious message that reflects his dialog with the modern world and society. He has been working with various mediums including watercolours, fiberglass sculptures and mixed media paintings. Yuvaraj Vivek is one of the most talented photographers in the world of Fine Art today. His works are derived from forms in nature. He has combined his photography skills with his artistry to create a visually mesmerizing body of works. His current series titled “Lady Nature” created visual illusions from a juxtaposed organic form. Abraham George is an illustrator by training and has just started to explore the world of fine art. His works represent a very fresh new approach that combines both digital illustration as well as a very rough painting style that throws a contemporary new spin on what painting itself is. His ability to illustrate allows him to manipulate his images for their essence leaving everything else in the background plain and rugged.

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Abraham George (b. 1984) Untitled 2010 Mixed media on canvas 22 x 34 inches

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Benita Perciyal (b. 1978)

Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number 2011 Natural pigment, ricepaper glue on bockingford A set of six, each 10 x 7 inches

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C. Douglas (b. 1951) Missed call 2008 Mixed media on paper 33 x 22 inches

Krishnaswamy (b. 1973) Untitled 2011 Acrylic on canvas 49 x 70 inches

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K. K. Raghava (b. 1980) Untitled 2011 Watercolour & acrylic on paper 30 x 22 inches

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Magesh (b. 1987)

...and he flew away saying ‘screw yourself’ 2009 Watercolour & gouache on paper 25 inch diameter

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S.Yuvaraj (b. 1978) Listen 2011 Fiberglass & paint Variable

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Yuvaraj Vivek (b. 1985) Lady Nature 2010 Digital print on archival paper (Edition 2 of 3) 45 x 54 inches

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Athreyaa ArtGallery athiveerapandian g.gurunathan m.s.murthy prasannakumar.k.m p.sureshkumar rajudurshettiwar

Address: 7/13 Concert Hall Building Harrington Road, Chetpet Chennai - 600031 M +91 9840921314 53


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Gestural Abstraction II Curated by Prabhakar Krishnan, SAFION

The show Includes Athiveera Pandian, M. S. Murthy, Raju Durshettiwar, P. Sureshkumar, G. Gurunathan, K. M. Prasanna Kumar. This group of artists from South India is making significant and noticeable progress in the abstract expressionism style. Artists like Athiveerapandian, Sureshkumar and Gurunathan share a common education from the portals of Government College of Arts & Crafts (Madras School) and Raju from the Nagpur School of Art – are different in its character, color structuration, linear rhythm, patterns, forms, gestures, calligraphy and appeal. Artist M. S. Murthy, a senior artist from Bangalore has been appreciated and receives significant recognitions , Prassana Kumar an emerging talent from the Mysore School of Fine Arts, has been enthralling the art appreciators with his brilliant and vivid colors.

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Athiveera Pandian (b. 1966) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches

G. Gurunathan (b. 1981) Untitled 2010 Pigment on board 22 x 30 inches

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M. S. Murthy (b. 1960) Silence – Grey 2010 Oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches

Prasanna Kumar K.M. (b. 1982) Untitled 2010 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 inches

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P. Sureshkumar (b. 1973) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 inches

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Raju Durshettiwar (b. 1963) Untitled 2007 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 32 inches

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AyyaArt Gallaries chippasudhakar fawadtamkanat l.munuswamy rameshgorjala sachinjaltare sadaanandan sridharpoluru thotavaikuntam

Address: Ayya Art Gallaries 33, Woods Road Opp. Express Avenue, 6th Gate Chennai - 600 002 T: +91 44 42158062 - 63, M: 9841076654 E: kanalanart@yahoo.com W: www.ayyaart.com 59


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With a strong urge to elicit the true values of art in the most unbiased way, ‘Ayya Art Gallaries’ is a dedicated gallery that functions as a versatile platform that aims to promote art in the true sense, without commercial considerations. A scrupulously organized role of the gallery is to act as a living mechanism to cross the barriers of interface and to serve as a form for lively interaction between artists, art buyers and art lovers. Equal emphasis has been given to promote professional, recreational, and emerging artists with an emphasis on dedication towards mutual exchanges, communication and long-term relationships. It is a non-profitable service organization where the sensations, feelings, emotions, sentiments, realizations, reflections, powers of thought and such other virtues are of primary criterion with an assured commitment towards promotion of values. Ayya is an unusual Gallery where one can find not only the works of prominent artists but also find the artists themselves for a live interaction. There is an open display of all the art works for anybody to view at any time. The arrangement and ambience is such that it encourages artistic sensations, bright communication discussions on changing trends, fresh thought processes, modified observations, revamping experiments and revolutionary attempts in the ever-exciting field of art. An artist, buyer or art lover can browse here for any number of hours to obtain a thorough understanding of the artworks.This it is space not restricted to artists and art buyers but also open to all.There would be adequate opportunity for anyone to express their views, opinions and experiences for a healthy interaction towards novel contributions to further enhance the values of artworks and the field of art. The Gallery has conducted back-to-back shows for more than seven years since it started functioning. The shows are fully sponsored by a non-profitable trust with the prime motivation to promote the values of art; all the costs including Gallery cost, inaugural functions, electricity and such other overheads are fully sponsored by the trust without depending on commercial outlooks but with an impetus towards encouragement of artists from all over India - with a special consideration for younger and newer generation artists. Unlike the traditional manner, the artworks here have been grouped in the following mode : • A group consisting of the artworks from full-time professional artists who have dedicated their whole lives to the field of art. • A group consisting of the works from artists who have emerged from other fields with talent and initiative to cross the barriers and enter the field of art. • A group comprising of the tender and delicate works of students and new generation artists who contribute with their fresh minds to the field of art. The Gallery aims to be a lively bridge between all strata of the artistic community - a dynamic orientation of profound knowledge and thought process for an energetic sharing of sensitivity. Along with a number of celebrated shows from the established artists and recognized works from the new generation artists, the gallery has planned to organize ‘traveling shows’ in various cities of the country. Ayya Art Gallary has initiated the formal process to establish an ‘Institute of Fine Arts’ with a perfect methodological system for a practical orientation of the fine art medium of communication.This should enable anybody to acquire a thorough knowledge about the entire scenario of art when the gallery and the institute would be complementary to each other and would function in tandem to build an active and vibrant generation of future artists.

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Chippa Sudhakar (b. 1967) Ritual 2007 Mixed media on wood 48 x 30 inches

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Fawad Tamkanat (b. 1962) Street 2010 Acrylic on canvas 44 x 72 inches

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L. Munuswamy (b. 1927) Landscape on Line I 1989 Ink on paper 36 x 26 inches

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Ramesh Gorjala (b. 1979) Hanuman 2011 Mixed media on canvas 39 x 36 inches

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Sachin Jaltare (b. 1969) Untitled 2011 Mixed media on canvas 30 x 30 inches

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Sadaanandan (b. 1965) Sathyavathy 2009 Mixed media on canvas 48 x 36 inches

Sadaanandan (b. 1965) Hanuman Series 2010 Mixed media on canvas 32 x 27 inches

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Sridhar Poluru (b. 1968) Untitled 2009 Mixed media on canvas 36 x 48 inches

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Thota Vaikuntam (b. 1942) Couple 2011 Acrylic on canvas 9 x 12 inches

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Cholamandal Artists’Village a.selvaraj akkithamnarayanan c.douglas k.jayapalapanicker k.s.gopal k.r.harie k.v.haridasan m.senathipathi muralidharan m.v.devan palaniappan p.gopinath p.s.nandhan richardjesudoss s.g.vasudev s.paramasivam s.p.jayakar s.nandagopal venkatapathy v.vishwanathan

Address: Cholamandal Cultural Centre for Contemporary Art East Coast Road Injambakkam, Chennai – 600 041 T: +91 44 24490092 E: cholaartist@yahoo.com W: www.cholamandalartistsvillage.org 69


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The beaches of Cholamandalam village on the Mammallapuram coast at village Injambakkam, 9 km from Chennai, have witnessed a quiet and beautiful movement since 1966. That was when the Cholamandalam Artists’ Village was established. It is the largest artists’ commune in India, whose artists are credited for the Madras Movement of Art (1950s–1980s), which brought modernism to art in the South India. Their work is widely recognized as some of the best art produced in postwar India, and is shown regularly in galleries across the country. The community was founded by K. C. S. Paniker, the principal of the Madras School of Arts, along with his students and a few artists associated with the college. It used the `art-meets-craft’ approach where artists made handicrafts for a living even as they pursued their art. It has over twenty resident painters and sculptors, who live as a community and pool their skills; they also run the Artists Handicrafts Association, a cooperative which manages the village and sale of works through the permanent exhibition at the complex, which includes paintings, sketches, terra-cotta/stone/metal sculptures, batiks and handicrafts etc., made by the artists living the village, making the village a selfsupporting entity. By 1970s, the village became self-sufficient, and grew into one of the most important meeting places for international artists in India, and today, it remains one of the few artist-driven movements that India. Several Cholamandalam artists have also shown in Europe, the United States and South America. Four decades on, it is one of the few artists’ colonies in the world to survive successfully and its foundation remains one of the “10 biggest art moments” in India.

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A. Selvaraj (b. 1943) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches

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Akitham Narayanan (b. 1939) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches

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C. Douglas (b. 1951)

Untitled Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas 48 x 36 inches

K. Jayapala Panicker (b. 1937) Untitled Mixed media on paper 22 x 15 inches

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K. S. Gopal (b. 1938) Om Graphic print 18 x 18 inches

K. R. Harie (b. 1941) Rockscape Pen & ink drawing 30 x 22 inches

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K.V. Haridasan (b. 1937) Brahmasutra Oil on canvas 48 x 48 inches

M. Senathipathi (b. 1939) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches

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Muralidharan (b. 1954) Untitled Mixed media on canvas 18 x 29 inches

M.V. Devan (b. 1928) Composition Pen & ink drawing 15 x 12 inches

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Palaniappan (b. 1957) Albuquerque Lithograph 30 x 22 inches

P. Gopinath (b. 1948) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches

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P. S. Nandhan (b. 1940) Twisted form Granite 34 x 11 inches

Richard Jesudoss (b. 1939) Untitled Bronze 15 inches

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S. G.Vasudev (b. 1941) Rhapsody Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches

S. Paramasivam (b. 1942) Untitled Welded copper sheet 60 inches

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S. P. Jayakar (b. 1931) Rama & Sita Acrylic on paper 16 x 22 inches

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S. Nandagopal (b. 1946) Sleep Welded copper and brass

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Venkatapathy (b. 1935) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 44 x 36 inches

V.Vishwanathan (b. 1940) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 inches

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DakshinaChitra a.balasubramaniam

Address: DakshinaChitra Art Gallery East Coast Road Muttukadu, Chingleput District Chennai 600 118 T: +44 27472603, +44 27472783 W: www.dakshinachitra.net 83


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Madras Craft Foundation opened the DakshinaChitra Art Gallery in January 2005, with the objective of bringing contemporary art exhibitions to the public. With the opening of the Art Gallery Madras Craft Foundation has taken one more step on its journey to bridge the past with the future and its goal to promote and encourage contemporary art and design. DakshinaChitra is a center for the living traditions of art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture of India with an emphasis on the traditions of South India. A project of the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF), a non-profit organisation. DakshinaChitra opened to the public in December 1996. The center occupies ten undulating acres overlooking the Bay of Bengal, at Muttukadu, twenty five kilometers south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road to Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu. The exhibition of A. Balasubramaniam has been co-ordinated & curated by Apparao Galleries from several private collections.

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A. Balasubramaniam (b. 1971) Window Mixed media on paper 30.5 x 22 inches Edition: 27/35

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A. Balasubramaniam (b. 1971) Untitled Stencil, acrylic & silicon on canvas

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A. Balasubramaniam (b. 1971) Untitled 2003 20 x 20 inches

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A. Balasubramaniam (b. 1971) Untitled 2002 Print on paper 44 x 30 inches Edition: 4/10

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FocusArt Gallery gaurigill

Address: # 11, Bishop Wallers Avenue (South) Off. T.T.K Road, C.I.T. Colony Alwarpet Chennai - 600 018 T: +91 44 2498 6611 E: info@focusgallery.com W: www.focusgallery.com 89


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Notes from the Desert 1999 - 2010

This extensive series is drawn from more than ten years of Gauri Gill visiting her friends among rural communities in Western Rajasthan, including Jogi nomads, Muslim migrants and Bishnoi peasants. The set of pictures is also structured around performance and portraits; some spontaneous, many posed in collaboration with their subjects. It includes the Balika Mela Portraits at one end of the spectrum - posed pictures made in a tent in Lunkaransar town; unplanned and spontaneous, candid portraits at the other end; and finally those photographs that were staged in people’s real life environments, and so combined both practices. The work references vernacular and popular practices of photography and image making often found in and around the village - including the studio portrait, passport photo, religious calendar art and Bollywood posters. The exhibition also includes the Birth Series; and the Ruined Rainbow Pictures, the only color works in the entire show. “To set up a photographic project in rural Rajasthan, in black and white, stretching over a decade, goes against the grain of several stereotypes; and signals the maturing of a ‘voice’ within the corpus of Photography in India. Defrocked of its color and tourism potential, Rajasthan, is scoured at the nomadic margins; revealing lives in transition: epic cycles of birth, death, drought, flood, celebration and devastation, through which they pass. The extremity of the situation requires no illustration or pictorialism- those vexed twins of the colonial legacyespecially from an insider, or the one who is led by the hand. Her subjects take her into their world, and she goes there like Alice. Her method embraces ‘Time’- which does not ‘naturally’ exist inside a photograph, beyond the epiphany and commemoration of a moment (photography’s melancholy and limitation is precisely this)- within a structure of intimacy and relationships that unravel their mysteries slowly.” From Anita Dube’s notes on the show in Delhi, published in Art India and Du magazine 2010.

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Gauri Gill (b. 1970) Ismat - Barmer Silver gelatin print Edition: 1 of 7 24 x 30 inches

Gauri Gill (b. 1970)

Jogi panchayat near Dungargarh Silver gelatin print Edition: 1 of 7 24 x 30 inches

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Gauri Gill (b. 1970) Ismat’s home, Barmer Silver gelatin print 24 x 48 inches

Gauri Gill (b. 1970)

Urma and Nimli, Lunkaransar (From Notes from the Desert) Mixed media on paper 44 x 28 inches

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ForumArtGallery a.v.ilango b.o.shailesh dimpymenon p.elanchezhiyan p.gnana p.s.nandan s.nandagopal shalinibiswajit shivaramachary sisirsahana srinivasreddy rohinireddy

Address: 57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar Adyar Chennai - 600 020. T: +91 (44) 42115596, +91 (44) 42115597 E: forumartgallery@gmail.com W: www.forumartgallery.com 93


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“Forum strives to go beyond the commercial, to be of value to society, to have a wider reach implementing its philosophy of art education, service and awareness.” Since its inception in 1997 by artist Shalini Biswajit, Forum Art Gallery stands today as one of the country’s most distinguished and well-defined centers of contemporary art. Spread over 3 levels covering almost 4,000 sq.ft, the gallery delivers a holistic art experience – art exhibitions, art consultation, art education and art therapy. Forum stocks a comprehensive genre of paintings, sculpture, photography, cartoon art and installation art.With more than 70 well-documented and curated shows to its credit, the gallery pledges to promote young exciting talents and established ones to create a greater drive towards the popularization of the arts. Forum endeavors to bring art into the every day lives of people. Be it in the form of ArtInk, the gallery’s unique art and craft education program for children and adults, or the exhibitions, seminars and symposia on art that the gallery conducts, its commitment to excellence is foremost. Partnering with international organizations like The British Council and The Indo Korean Cultural Centre, Forum has co-hosted innovative and prestigious exhibitions that bridge cross cultural borders and bring the art of other nations to India. Forum is also associated with charitable organizations and hospitals and offers art education to the underprivileged and the mentally challenged. It also reaches out to physically challenged and terminally ill children and imparts art therapy to facilitate healing and experience joy, making it a unique gallery in the Indian visual artscape. In 2011, Forum Art Gallery looks forward to ICE – Innovation, collaboration and exposure in the national and international art market.

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Heart of Sculpture Curated by Shalini Biswajit

The crux of the matter is that sculpture is here to stay. As a sculptor, to exist and navigate in the same space as your sculpture so as to make it an inclusive experience that sustains beyond your lifetime is indeed exhilarating. The sensation that your work is immortal, enigmatically projecting your thoughts, perceptions, sensitivity and creativity, give it the awe factor. Suspended between the present and the future, Forum Art Gallery presents Heart of Sculpture - a collection of contemporary Indian sculptural idiom replenished with an engaging interplay of narratives that tap a circuit of limitless and boundless creativity. Man, animal and nature drawn from the now or the cached is presented in bronze, fiberglass, granite, stainless steel and cast glass. Form in round or in the frontal bear a semblance to the depicted, eulogizing an expression that is fluidly global and local. Unfolding here is a unique sensory perception that navigates from the tangible world of objective realism with statements and full stops to the minimal world of ‘Less is more’, punctuated with colons and semicolons. Draped in immense power and stark simplicity some of the sculptures relay an index of images in a hybrid space, where human and animal endurance is the language of expression. They rely on complexity rather than size to weigh the matter down to the essential. With heightened serenity in a few there is an invitation to journey inward together with the subject to experience the inner bliss. Yet other works are daringly bold and theatrical with colour sensitizing the surface, evocative of an intuitive experience that brings to the surface the inner spirit of the artist rather than of observed nature. Some works unfold a course that remains a mystery and its revelation is a perception of the viewer, Whatever the motive, touching on multiple domains, Heart of Sculpture has an infinite number of trajectories flowing through various mediums, key holing their way to the essence beneath. The tangible pulse that nurtures the core forms the heart of the sculpture.

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A.V. Ilango (b. 1950) Bull Sculpture II (Shivogam) 2011 Granite 15 x 15 inches

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B. O. Shailesh (b. 1970)

Spiritual yogi carrying heritage chakra 2011 ZP130 on Z-Bond, Glo 24 x 24 x 18 inches

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Dimpy Menon (b. 1964) Flying High 2011 Bronze 21 x 17 inches

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P. Elanchezhiyan (b. 1980) Bull 2011 Bronze, stone 20 x 8 x 15 inches

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P. Gnana (b. 1970) I see Venus 2010 Bronze, Steel, Resin 12 x 5.5 x 14 inches

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P. S. Nandan (b. 1940) Bird 2005 Granite 12 x 10 x 27 inches

S. Nandagopal (b. 1946) Acrobat 2008 Welded copper and Brass 40 x 27 inches

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Shalini Biswajit (b. 1965) Woman, Cow and Lotus 2011 Stainless Steel 66 x 72 inches (variable)

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Shivarama Chary (b. 1978) Unique form 2010 Mixed media 44 x 12 x 12 inches

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Sisir Sahana (b. 1965) A Protector 2010 Cast and flame worked glass 22 x 11 x 3 inches

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Srinivas Reddy (b. 1964) Head 2010 Painted fiberglass 19 x 11 x 13 inches

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Rohini Reddy (b. 1967) Head 2010 Painted fiberglass 13 x 11 x 14 inches

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Galerie88 akbarpadamsee bikashbhattacharjee c.douglas chandrabhattacharjee chittrovanumazumdar dipakbanerjee ganeshpyne k.g.subramanyan kanchandasgupta lalu prasadshaw meeramukherjee nagjipatel prabhakarkolte

Address: 28-B, Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata- 700017. T: +91- 033- 2290 2274/2283 5394 E: mail@galerie88.in W: www.galerie88.in 107


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The first Galerie 88 was opened in Kolkata in 1988. Over the last twenty-two years it has expanded its activity in Kolkata by adding two more gallery spaces to the existing one and has also opened its branch in Colaba in South Mumbai with 4000 sq ft of gallery space. It has, during this period, organized nearly 200 shows including the art work of all the current important artists of India and have also curated several important art shows in London, Fecamp near Paris, Hongkong and Singapore. Artists represented by Galerie 88 include M F Husain, S H Raza, F N Souza, Krishna Reddy, Somnath Hore, Ganesh Pyne, Bikash Bhattacharya, Lalu Shaw, Badri Narayn and Laxma Goud. Galerie 88 devotes effort and equal intensity in promoting the Gen Next of Indian Contemporary Art , which includes Paresh Maity, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, S Harsha Vardhan, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Partha Shaw, Anupam Chakraborty, Mithu Sen, Samit Das, Riyas Komu and Kanchan Dasgupta. Galerie 88 has its own publication program and has, over the last decade, published quite a large number of researched catalogues and books on art of India today. Galerie 88 has also recently been chosen by leading corporate houses to curate special art shows on selected themes, both in India and abroad.

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Akbar Padamsee (b. 1928) Untitled 1997 Watercolour on Paper 14 x 11 inches

Bikash Bhattacharjee (b. 1940) Untitled 1982 Oil on Canvas 48 x 36 inches

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C. Douglas (b. 1951) Incommensurable Presence Mixed media on paper 72 x 48 inches

Chandra Bhattacharjee (b. 1961) Untitled 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 30 x 32 inches

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Chittrovanu Mazumdar (b. 1956) Untitled 1996 Acrylic on Canvas 72 x 60 inches

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Dipak Banerjee (b. 1936) Durga 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 23 x 20 inches

Ganesh Pyne (b. 1937) The Flight 2005 Tempera on Canvas 22 x 23 inches

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K. G. Subramanyan (b. 1924) Untitled Gouache on Acrylic Sheet 24 x 18 inches

Kanchan Dasgupta (b. 1948) Journey to Success 2003 Oil on Canvas, 60 x 36 inches

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Lalu Prasad Shaw (b. 1937) Untitled 2009 Tempera on Paper Board 20 x 15 inches

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Meera Mukherjee (b. 1923 - 1998) Gangabataran Bronze 9 x 23 x 16 inches

Nagji Patel (b. 1937) Untitled Bronze 16 x 14 x 10 inches

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Prabhakar Kolte (b. 1946) Untitled 2006 Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 24 inches

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GalleryEspace amitambalal birendrapani chintanupadhyay g.r.iranna karlantao manjunathkamath mekhalabahl rajendratiku shubhataparia tanmoysamanta waswo.x.waswo zarinahashmi

Address: 16,Community Centre New Friends Colony New Delhi- 110 065. T: +91-11-26326267, +91-11-26922947 E: art@galleryespace.com W: www.galleryespace.com 117


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Gallery Espace, New Delhi, exhibits works, and represents artists, that aim to challenge and provoke with an Indian aesthetic that raises universal questions. Artists have made the most of the scope for exploration at Espace — from the very beginning. The gallery opened in 1989 with a solo show by M F Husain, who also designed the gallery’s logo. By the early 1990s, Espace was and continues to be, a springboard for innovative young artists like Subodh Gupta and Ashim Purkayastha. It also took the lead in curated exhibitions: since the mid-1990s every presentation has been curated by experts like the critic Gayatri Sinha and the columnist and author Madhu Jain. Not only are the people and the work forward-looking, so are the media: Espace was among the first in India to hold major shows of drawing and sculpture (1994 and 1995), thus stepping out of the four walls of the conventional frame. In recent years the gallery has established a particular strength in video art and installations. To meet these challenges, the gallery itself has stepped out of four walls. It now inhabits a two-floor, flexible, pedestrian-facing space in a lively and prestigious city location. This openness and adaptability made possible this year’s path breaking show, “Conscious-Sub-Conscious”, in which Manjunath Kamath drew and painted afresh on the gallery’s walls every day for a week, responding via his work to members of the public as they wandered through this temporary “studio”. It also enriched last year’s show marking 20 years of Gallery Espace, “Marvelous Reality”, which brought together outstanding young Indian and international artists and drew the most enthusiastic press reviews. The busy roster of recent shows includes solos of represented artists Ravi Agarwal, Rina Banerjee, Nilima Sheikh, Chintan Upadhyay and Zarina. Espace believes in project documentation. Each exhibition is complemented by a catalogue or monograph, available at a bookstore within the gallery. Espace also believes it has a responsibility to the community. Part of its educational outreach work was “Video Wednesdays”, a monthly interactive experience during 2008-2009 in which curated selections of new video art were screened for the public. The gallery represents Indian art internationally. It has participated in the Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York (2007), Art Dubai (2007 and 2008), ShContemporary (2008), ARCO-Madrid (2009) and the India Art Summit (2008, 2009 and 2011). Espace continues to strive to sustain a dialogue with viewers, and between the art world and the art market.

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Amit Ambalal (b. 1943) Pan India 2009 Gouache on paper 21 x 29 inches

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Birendra Pani (b. 1969) 2009 Acrylic on canvas 46 x 66 inches

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Chintan Upadhyay (b. 1972) Moon Child 2010 Oil & acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches

Chintan Upadhyay (b. 1972) Chintu 2010 Oil & acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches

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G. R. Iranna (b. 1970) King & Dancer Acrylic on Tarpolin 52 x 66 inches

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Karl Antao (b. 1966) Dreams within Reality 2010 Sevan wood 22.5 x 49 x 30 inches

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Manjunath Kamath (b. 1972) Arranged Situation I 2010 Digital print on archival paper 40 x 65 inches Edition of 3 + 2 AP

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Mekhala Bahl (b. 1980)

Owe limp 2010 Etching, chine cole, blockprint on silk 20 x 40 inches

Mekhala Bahl (b. 1980)

Doughnut Don’t 2010 Etching, chine cole, blockprint on quilted silk 40 x 30 inches

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Rajendra Tiku (b. 1953) Stupa 2007 Bronze 10 x 9 x 7 inches

Rajendra Tiku (b. 1953)

The Red Sprout 2007 Pink sandstone with gold gilded iron 14 x 12 x 8 inches

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Shubha Taparia (b. 1975) Mumbai Vistas- Mother and Child 2008 Oil on canvas 47.2 x 70.9 inches

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Tanmoy Samanta (b. 1973) The key 2009 Gouache on rice paper 17 x 20 inches

Tanmoy Samanta (b. 1973) “grasshopper� Gouache on rice paper 12 x 14 inches

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Waswo X. Waswo (b. 1953) In collaboration with R.Vijay The Other Brahmacharis – homage to Amrita Shergill 2010 Tempera on paper 7.6 x 16 inches

Waswo X. Waswo (b. 1953) In collaboration with R.Vijay A Quiet Night in Gujarat – homage to Bhupen 2008 Tempera on paper 8 x 18 inches

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Zarina Hashmi (b. 1937)

Travel with Rani, (Diptych) Intaglio on Arches coverbuff paper Woodcut on Okawara paper mounted on Arches 2008 Sheet size: 24 x 20 inches Image size: 14.5 x 13 inches Edition 6/25

Zarina Hashmi (b. 1937) Untitled 1974 Emboss, relief print with white ink & Thread on white paper 19 x 20 inches

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GallerySriParvati akhilesh amitabhsengupta anitabhattacharya arputharanisengupta benedict.s.hynniewta c.douglas martinking muralidharan ravindrasalve r.m.palaniappan sam s.g.vasudev srinivasan tamara.delaval tapaskonar v.ramesh viptakapadia

Address: #28/160, Eldams Road Alwarpet Chennai - 600 018. T: +91 44 24353341/98840 75453 E: gallerysriparvati@gmail.com W: www.gallerysriparvati.com 131


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“Mysticism and Modernity in Landscape Art” Presented by Gallery Sri Parvati

Gallery Sri Parvati was started in December 2005 at the Heritage house ‘Sri Parvati’ on Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai. This is the main road connecting TTK Road and Anna Salai and easily accessible. The house ‘Sri Parvati’ is over 75 years old and the gallery is housed on the first floor and is being owned and managed by an art writer of more than 20 years standing. ‘Sri Parvati’ has spacious area on the ground floor for events and the garden has a restaurant. Since its inception Gallery Sri Parvati has hosted several important exhibitions with the creations of both established senior artists and up and coming young aspirants. Towards end 2010 we launched a series of landscape shows ‘Coloured Horizon’, of which the first two parts, showcasing the paintings of artists from across the country have been well received. Following that the gallery sponsored the first ever solo show of senior artist Sam Adaikalasamy. In the earlier years there have been major group exhibitions such as “Translation”, “Japanil Ganesha”, “Hum Paanch” (with five women artists), “Gen Next”, “Delhi Quintet” (five women artists from Delhi), “ Migration- Crisis of Conflict?”, “Middle Order” etc. and one-man shows of Trotsky Marudu, P. Krishnamoorthy, K. Srinivasan, A. C. Rajasekar, Manisha Raju etc. A drawing camp was held in April 2008 at the gallery in memory of K.M Adimoolam , who passed away in December 2007 and an exhibition of the drawings “ Celebrating the Line…” was held in July that year. In 2009 was organized an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the students of veteran artist A.P. Santhana Raj “Homage to Santhana Raj” after his demise a couple of months earlier. One important show which drew huge crowds was “ Celebrating the Legacy of Maniam” with the paintings of three generation of artists, namely the well known artist/illustrator Maniam, his son Manim Selven and the latter’s daughters Subhahsini and Dharini. The gallery during the five years of its existence also had organized three camps and the works by the participating artists exhibited. The first one was a trip to Malaysia and Thailandand the consequent exhibition “Beyond Apac”; the next two were sponsored by the Koviloor Mutt, the first at their headquarters in Koviloor near Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu and the second at their Rishikesh centre in Uttarakhand and the exhibitions were “Koviloor Calling” and “Ganga ki Lehren” respectively. Several young artists have taken the gallery on rent and exhibited their creations and have had happy memories of visitors and sales.

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Akhilesh (b. 1956) Pink Revisited 2011 Acrylic on canvas 39 x 39 inches

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Amitabh Sengupta (b. 1941) Landscape -II 2010 Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches

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Anita Bhattacharya (b. 1963) A Lonely Tree at night 2011 Ink on paper 11 x 14 inches

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Arputharani Sengupta (b. 1941) Touching for the Sky 2010 Acrylic on canvas 12 x 18 inches

Benedict S. Hynniewta (b. 1973) Khan Pylleng Acrylic on canvas 24 x 18 inches

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C. Douglas (b. 1951) utterfly and he lind oet 2010 i ed media 2 inches

Martin King (b. 1957) eodesy ain 2010 tching inches

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Muralidharan (b. 1954) Dream World - II 2010 Mixed media 21 x 17 inches

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Ravindra Salve (b. 1957) Untitled Dry pastel on rice paper 22 x 30 inches

R. M. Palaniappan (b. 1954) East - 01 2010 Digital image 24 x 9 inches

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Sam (b. 1951)

Dream in Yellow 2011 Oil on canvas 24 x 48 inches (diptych)

S. G.Vasudev (b. 1941) Landscape 2004 Oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches

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Srinivasan (b. 1935) Cascade 2011 Acrylic on canvas 24 x 12 inches

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Tamara de Laval Leap of faith 2010 Acrylic on tracing paper 20 x 22 inches

Tapas Konar (b. 1953) Elements in Silence 2011 Mixed media 11 x 9 inches

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V. Ramesh (b. 1958)

The Musician and his landscape 2008 Watercolour 24 x 36 inches

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Vipta Kapadia (b. 1954) Winner -I Oil on canvas 20 x 20 inches

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Lakshana ArtGallery achuthankudallur akkithamnarayanan a.viswam k.m.adimoolam l.munuswamy p.gopinath r.m.palaniappan thotatharrani v.viswanadhan

Address: No. 81, Judge Jumbulingham St; Mylapore, Chennai 600 004. T: +91- 44 -2847 4053 / 4331 145


curator’snote Gestural Abstraction Curated by Prabhakar Krishnan, SAFION The constellation of artists in this show includes K. M. Adimoolam - L. Munuswamy Viswanadhan - Akkitham Narayanan - Achuthan Kudallur - P. Gopinath - Thota Tharani - A. Viswam R. M. Palaniappan.They have played a role in changing in the face of the contemporary Indian Art through their compelling vision of Indian modernity. Abstraction as practiced by Indian artists and particularly these artists belonging to the Madras Art Movement are different in its character, color structuration, linear rhythm, patterns, forms, gestures, calligraphy and appeal. L. Munuswamy, his sensitivity and insight enabled him to invent a new language, which was modern & expressive, In his art, Munuswamy played out the deviant possibilities of line, space and colour to arrive at unusual results. Often using his colours to pitch opacity against transparency, he aimed at enhancing the luminous quality of his hues and tones Late. K. M. Adimoolam’s abstractionism created illusions of nature, its surfaces and spaces, advancing and receding, rendered in spontaneous flow of colors. Rather than seeing nature from a realistic perspective, as a land or seascape, with a horizon or in detail close up, Adimoolam sought to interpret the essence of nature in its totality by passing through it ‘in planes of colours’. Akkitham Narayanan paintings are geometric configurations of abstract forms. With a predisposition towards the purity of geometry, he creates a fusion of Indian tantrik and European geometric art. The forms and colors in his works are reminicent of the chanting of a hymn. V. Viswanadhan, Though his early work is figurative, he evolved to experiment with abstract and geometric forms. He feeds on the sources of two cultures: western and Indian. He has been discovering innovative styles with watercolors, oils , colors painted in overlapping layers, rectangular forms and the resulting alchemy creates subtle shadings of light and shadow, movement and contrast on his abstracts. Achuthan Kudallur, a significant abstractionist with an identity and language brings to his works vibrancy and richness of his personal experiences translated through evocative lines, meticulously with distilled essence of colors, consciously fragmented and rearranged in a range of hues and tones. P. Gopinath conceptualized his abstract imagery embodying cultural premises of the region and he delights in the use of free flowing forms, the human imagery remains subtle and underplayed, integral to his compositions.The simple powerful lines, the stylized imagery and abundance of bright expressive colors give strength to his composition. Thota Tharani, a brilliant colorist, colors on canvas spring with gay abandon through the multihued borders holding them in, as if seeking to intermingle in free-spirited exultation.The translation and transformation of an abstraction as music to a visual language that is equally abstract marks him for his poetic, elegiac, sensitive and calibrated fluidity. A. Viswam fleshes out many Aspects of nature, by applying color directly on the canvas which he considers palette, in sweeping vertical, diagonal strokes of brush and merging, highlighting them to obtain new colors and forms. R. M. Palaniappan with his visual language in conjunction with print making medium extended the possibilities of printmaking. Exploring realms of time and space through physical and psychological experiences of lines and forms, he created prints, drawings and paintings any constraints of medium or geographical confines. 146


Achuthan Kudallur (b. 1945) Untitled 2009 Acrylic on canvas 27 x 33 inches

Akkitham Narayanan (b. 1939) Untitled 2008 Oil on canvas 38 x 51 inches

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A.Viswam (b. 1950) Untitled 2010 Oil on canvas 40 x 57 inches

K. M. Adimoolam (b. 1938-2008) Untitled 2006 Oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches

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L. Munuswamy (b. 1927) Untitled Watercolor on paper 40 x 30 inches

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P. Gopinath (b. 1948) Untitled 2010 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches

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R. M. Palaniappan (b. 1957) Alien Planet - A- P 1988-89 Viscosity & drawing on paper 12.6 x 12.6 inches (each)

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Thota Tharrani (b. 1949) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 27 x 27 inches

V. Viswanadhan (b. 1940) Untitled Watercolor on paper 14 x 11 inches

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abulhisham benitaperciyal dibinthilakan k.george kodanandaraoteppala k.t.mathai m.siva nandeshashantiprakash nirmalabiluka n.prasannakumar n.ramachandran p.g.dinesh s.natraj shamalabillavajagannath vinoddaroz

LalitKala Akademi

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New Trends From The South by Apparao Galleries India is a diverse country and the influences are varied. In the field of contemporary art,the artists in India have drawn their inspiration from several sources,some have delved into their roots,others into technology, culture, popular culture, society, politics. environmental concerns etc while others have attempted to be interdisciplinary in their approach. This show offers an overview of the contemporary development in art from the Southern geographical location, where a large cluster of artists have marked a distinct posture of difference through their sensitive response from the location of their city with varied cultural, urban and political developments, that has shaped their artistic expressions. Institutionalized art pedagogy and patronage has led to the growth and development of serious art. Artists consequently have been experimenting, pushing the boundaries of their artistic creativity through exploration with technology particularly video, photography, multi media installations, computer technology, virtual reality etc influencing their art making process today popularly known through the nomenclature of new media. The book provides an insight into these varied dimensions which allowed art to evolve and develop, with patronage playing a defining role in the furtherance of the career of these artists through gallery promotion that gave visibility and pushing the sales of their works to knowledgable collectors and connosiours. Looking at the influences that allowed for art to blossom,one viewed the patronage as the most important aspect. In Karnataka,the technology boom, unorganized urban development,offered artist opportunities to interface with varied mediums for appropriate expressions. In Tamilnadu.the conceptual, the philosophical as well as the popular culture aided the artists in offering a different trajectory for development. Kerala artists contextualized within a dominant literary background, enhanced by cultural and technological awareness have created contemporary statements through engagement with different mediums from painting to photography to installations. The Andhra artists appear to be regionally contextualized with figurative idiom drawing their inspiration from their locale offering expressions that remain within the domain of modernity. The essays have been penned by art historians and critics namely Ashrafi S. Bhagat (Tamilnadu), Suresh Jayaraman [Karnataka],Vaishnavi ramanathan [Andhra Pradesh] and Tanya Abraham (Kerala).

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Abul Hisham (b.1987)

Shadhad in... 2009 Water colour, dry pastel, burned coir & gold powder on paper 48 x 60 inches

Benita Perciyal (b.1978)

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work 2008 Natural pigment, rice paper, fixative on Waterford 22 x 60 inches

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Dibin Thilakan (b.1989)

I am acting as a hero of a new fairy tale Watercolor, tea wash, aquarelle pencils, soft pastels, nail polish and stickers on paper 48 x 60 inches

K. George

World without woman Fibre Glass 50 x 45 x 62 inches

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Kodananda Rao Teppala After Independence 2008 - Baroda Oil on canvas 84 x 72 inches

K.T. Mathai (b.1966) Climacterics-22 2008 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 inches

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M. Siva (b. 1977) Dhagam Acrylic on canvas 42 x 42 inches

Nandesha Shanti Prakash (b.1957) Roots Circular saw, Granite cutter 72.5 x 36 inches

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Nirmala Biluka (b.1980) Made in India 10 2010 Oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches

N. Prasannakumar (b.1978) Eternal Fullstop 2010 Fixograph fullstops on fixograph board 48 x 36 inches

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N. Ramachandran (b.1935) At the rate of - 1 Mixed media 48 x 60 inches

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P. G. Dinesh (b.1972) Untitled Mix media on wood 24 x 12 inches

S. Natraj

Untitled 2010 Water color on paper 22 x 30 inches

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Shamala Billava Jagannath The great unmaking - living vessel Print 20 x 30 inches

Vinod Daroz (b.1972)

Untitled Slip cast porcelain and acrylic color 31 x 25 x 2.5 inches

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k.c.s.panicker k.v.haridasan ramanujam v.viswanadhan abanindranathtagore atulbose gaganendranathtagore hemendranathmazumdar jaminiroy rabindranathtagore

LalitKala Akademi exhibit A

exhibit B

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curator’snote Dialectics Of Tradition Dr. Ashrafi S. Bhagat “Only a dialogue with the past can produce originality” - Wilson Harris Tradition is the future out of the past. However historical traditions are not reconstructions of the past. Rather, the past is reinterpreted, fashioned anew or “invented” to meet the possibilities and demands of the future or contingent contemporary moments. The exhibition Dialectics of Tradition is premised on the works of four seminal artists who contoured the development of regional modernity which emerged as the Madras Art Movement in early 1960s. Dialectics, understood as changes that tradition was capable of transforming to contemporize those moments of modernity in which the vernacular or local culture was reworked, recovered and reinvented to fulfill contingent moments within the postcolonial nation in the 60s Three artists who represent the dialectics of tradition are K.C.S. Paniker, K. Ramanujam and Velu Viswanathan. The tradition they engaged with was the regional, folk and canonical. The latter suggested a notion of conceptual as a mode for art making in visual arts, while the former was within the domain of popular culture, which had marked its presence within modernity in different and distinct ways. Paniker’s breakthrough in his Words and Symbols mark the final achievement of his career. It dawned on Paniker that line as a tool was not exclusively meant for structured drawings namely creating human forms or descriptive representational reality, rather it could be willed by the artist to be broken or accented and can completely be divorced from the sensual world of recognition. Paniker’s artistic practice was incisive, robust and fearless. He reconstructed images from his regional tradition conceptualizing it within the language of research, where complexity and simplicity fuelled creative tension. Viswanadan engaged with yantras integral to the ritual of dhoolichitra in Kerala, an ephemeral art form that has a limited spatio-temporality, extended into the realm of visual arts to be interpreted according to the artists’ sensibility. Ramanujam may stand apart but shares a thread of commonality which connects all the artists within this cluster. His art encompasses the world of visual culture at that moment in modern Indian art trajectory, which today has come to be seen as an episteme invading the canonical domain of Art History. Ramanujam in his works fantasized and imagined a surreal world in which he was a reigning monarch, much admired and loved, carried in a palanquin or riding horse back majestically within an ambience of gloriously constructed architecture.These ideas were divined by him from cinema sets and the stories of Chandamama which he read voraciously. Imagined from the position of popular regional culture, these artists encapsulate the condition of postmodernity, in which tradition is referenced, popular culture finds an integral space as the distinction between high and low art gets negated. The mimicking and appropriation of certain regional cultural art forms as the yantras in Dhoolichitra integral to tantric ritual attained popularity as it was removed from its sanctimonious status to be appropriated by these artists, invading the decorative space in their works except for Ramanujam. Serving as a springboard for ideas each of thes eartists connect through commonality of certain cultural art or craft form. Serving as a springboard for ideas each of thes eartists connect through commonality of certain cultural art or craft form.

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c. K. C. S. Paniker (b. 1911-1977) Untitled Oil on canvas 19 x 18 inches c.

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K.V. Haridasan (b. 1937) Bijayantra 1974 Acrylic on canvas 30.3 x 24 inches

K.V. Haridasan (b. 1937) Bramhasutra 1985 Oil on canvas 44 x 44 inches

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K.V. Haridasan (b. 1937) Bramhasutra 2009 Oil on canvas 60.2 x 60.2 inches

K.V. Haridasan (b. 1937) Bramhasutra 1976 Oil on canvas 18 x 18 inches

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Ramanujam (b. 1940) Dome Sketchpen on paper 9 x 6 inches

Ramanujam (b. 1940) Untitled Sketchpen on paper 9 x 6 inches

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V.Viswanadhan (b. 1940) Untitled 2009 Casein on canvas 30.6 x 41 inches

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V.Viswanadhan (b. 1940) Untitled 2009 Casein on canvas 39.3 x 39.3 inches

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curator’snote Evocations & Moods: Avant-Garde Art Of Rabindranath Tagore Dr. Ashrafi S. Bhagat Visionaries have shaped India’s destiny for centuries, defining the country in its varied cultural, social, political, philosophical and religious dimensions. Within the domain of eminent visionaries the name of Rabindranath Tagore emerges as a modern avant-garde artist who reshaped India’s emerging modernity and gave it a momentum that marked a different trajectory in its development. Chennai will witness a showcasing of a rare collection of the bard’s original drawings and paintings, sourced from private collections, to mark the celebration of the Tagore’s 150th year of his birth. He was the first Indian artist emerging during the late 1920s to represent international modernism. In this exhibition, portraits of Rabindranath Tagore delineated by various artists as Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Hemen Majumdar, Atul Bose and Jamini Roy finds a privileged place. The visual portrayal of the poet interpreted differently by these varied artists offer an interesting study in its technique as well as visual language. Hemen and Atul’s rendering is realistic and painstakingly worked out, in comparison to Abanibdranath and Gaganendranath’s portrayal which have the saliency of the wash technique of the Bengal School. Havell’s attempt in reforming the art-school curriculum by orienting towards a greater strength of Indianess; had provoked a break away among a group of students, leading to the formation of an alternative school under Ranada Prasad Gupta that consciously wanted to preserve the tenets of Academic training. Hemen and Atul were both products of this private institution, the Jubilee Art Academy. Hemen helped to perpetuate the popular Ravi Varma model of Indian painting. In order to promote the works of Academic painters a Journal of Indian Academy of Art [1920] was established by Hemen and in 1921 another platform for the academic artists was provided by an organization Society of Fine Arts that was set up by Atul Bose. The realistic visual language and the gentle wash technique in the portrayal of Tagore has further enunciation in the broad pointillist technique of Jamini Roy’s portrayal of Tagore represented in the company of Mahatma. With Tagore, his art was contoured by his international perceptions consequent to his exposure to modern European art during his varied travels.While at the domestic front the art scene was shaped by the nationalist ideology; Tagore’s art, during this political struggle was cast in a different mould to express his subjectivity through free wheeling imagination and visionary approach. Art and aesthetic had been central to his creative concern. Modernity was reflected in his attitude towards painting. He did not restrict to one medium alone. Unorthodox in his manipulation of tools, he used fingers, rags, paper etc to spread colour on the surface. He considered art to be an act of self expression, rather than a correct representation of the visual world, configuring for himself the dramatic and dynamic visual language that made his art different from the Indian contemporaries of the decade of 30s. Tagore’s modernism viewed from within the Indian context was at odds with that of his nephew Abanindranath Tagore and other contemporary artists. Tagore’s avant-guardism was his engagement with expressive exaggerated and distorted forms arising out of his subconscious relating him to a kindred spirit with the surrealists, an Avant- garde movement that foregrounded dreams, fantasy and unconscious as a powerful force in the origin of the images. His unorthodox forms were also conditioned by his writings, where he had naturally experimented with the fearsome and the grotesque. Expressionism and Surrealism with their interests centered in primitivism and subconscious imagery influences his work.

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a. Abanindranath Tagore (b. 1871 – 1951) Untitled Water colour on paper 5.5 x 10 inches

b. Atul Bose (b. 1898 – 1977)

Untitled Oil on canvas 23 x 28 inches

c. Atul Bose (b. 1898 – 1977) Potrait of R N Tagore Water colour on paper 10 x 12 inches

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Untitled Wash on paper 9 x 11 inches

b. GaganendranathTagore (b. 1867 – 1938) Untitled Water colour on paper 5 x 7 inches

c. GaganendranathTagore (b. 1867 – 1938)

Untitled Water colour on paper 8 x 10 inches

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Hemendranath Mazumdar (b. 1894 - 1948) Portrait of RabindranathTagore Water colour on paper 20.5 x 28.5 inches

Jamini Roy (b. 1887 – 1972) Tagore and Gandhi Oil on board 14.5 x 18 inches

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Rabindranath Tagore (b. 1861 – 1941)

Lady Watercolor on paper 12.6 x 8.5 inches

Rabindranath Tagore (b. 1861 – 1941)

Untitled Wash & ink on paper 9 x 6.7 inches

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OpenEyed Dreams alexmathew georgemartin gopikrishna n.n.rimzon prasadraghavan rajankrishnan reghunadhan sosajoseph Address: Taj Coromandel Nungambakkam High Road Nungambakkam, Chennai T: 044 - 66002827 E: dilip@openeyeddreams.com W: www.openeyeddreaams.com 177


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HOMELAND - A Man’s Homeland Is Wherever He Prospers Presented by Open Eyed Dreams

Open Eyed Dreams, a premier art promotion venture, was launched by Dilip Narayanan in 2002.The initiative that began with a collection from eight artists has today a growing portfolio claiming exclusive representation from over 40 eminent artists in the country. It has held six major shows and a National Art Meet in Kerala. More exhibitions, tours and camps are scheduled, running up to 2009. The objective is to promote art and artists, going beyond regional borders. And the overall vision is to Make Kerala the next Art Destination in India. Open Eyed Dreams brought together 20 artists – from various regions and stylistic schools in the country and of different age groups – in its first National Art Meet, held at Wayanad. The seven-day residential camp concluded on June 26, 2006 with an enviable collection of over 40 works.

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Alex Mathew (b. 1957)

Alone in the crowd 2010 soft pastels - 11 28 x 20 inches

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George Martin (b. 1973)

Drizzling Memory Stainless Steel, Fibre Glass, Automobile paint, wood, fabric and neon Size variable

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Gopikrishna (b. 1965) King and courtiers 2010 Oil on canvas 78 x 62 inches

N. N. Rimzon (b. 1957) Untitled Bronze Sculpture 12 x 12 x 12 inches

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Prasad Raghavan (b. 1968) Red Print on archival paper 35 x 48 inches

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Rajan Krishnan (b. 1967) SITE 2007 Acrylic on canvas 72 x 144 inches

Reghunadhan (b. 1960)

Anecdote Automotive paint, cast fiberglass, acrylic paint 45.7 x 45.7 inches

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Sosa Joseph (b. 1971)

Untitled Soft pastels & charcoal on paper 35 x 52 inches

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PrakritArtGallery r.baala

Address: 102 Greenways Road Extn. R. A. Puram Chennai - 600 028 T: +91-44-42188989, +91-44-42082078 E: prakritarts@gmail.com W: www.prakritarts.com 185


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Concepts and ideas evolve from creative minds. For a concept to develop into an idea and for that idea to be translated into reality, it takes a whole lot of grit and determination. Prakrit Art Gallery, founded in Aug 2003, speaks volumes for the effort and perseverance of one individual, Meena Dadha. It was her dream to create a space solely for the sake of art and artists - and Prakrit was born! Prakrit Art Gallery rallies around artists, young and old, providing them with a platform to showcase their creativity. The Gallery has created a niche for itself in the fast paced arena of Contemporary art in the national and the global market. Since its inception, Prakrit Art Gallery has organized many art camps, workshops and exhibitions displaying the work of an impressive list of eminent artists. The Gallery has also brought out a book entitled ‘Southern Axis’ which is a rich portrayal of the work of artists from the southern regions of our country. Prakrit houses Art, Sculpture, Ceramics and Photography.

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R. Baala (b. 1970)

Artificiality is the another Dimension of nature Assemblage 26 x 38 inches

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R. Baala (b. 1970)

Dynamism & Machine Speed Assemblage 34 x 24 inches

R. Baala (b. 1970)

Dynamism in speed Accumulation 51 x 33 inches

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R. Baala (b. 1970)

Dynamism & Machine Speed Assemblage 34 x 24 inches

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R. Baala (b.1970) rti ciality is nother ssem lage 2 inches

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Project88 atulbhalla maheshbaliga monalimeher

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Project 88 was established in downtown Mumbai in 2006 by Sree Goswami. The 4000 square feet gallery is housed in a century old metal printing press.The gallery supports emerging and established artists in long-term relationships to facilitate understanding and awareness of their continually evolving practices in India and in international venues. Project 88 works with a generation of emerging artists within India who are making innovative, experimental and ambitious works in all media and modes within a conceptual framework. In a span of five years, the gallery has evolved along with these artists, adding important midcareer artists from the region and abroad, on the strength of it’s committed programme.The gallery has participated in several fairs including Frieze, Arco, Hong Kong Art Fair, Art Dubai and India Art Summit. Many of its artists are in major international collections, biennales, and museum shows.

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Atul Bhalla (b. 1964)

Kaner at Vikas Puri Ring Road – I 2009 Acrylic on archival pigment print 36 x 54 inches

Atul Bhalla (b. 1964)

Kaner at Vikas Puri Ring Road – V 2009 Acrylic on archival pigment print 36 x 54 inches

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Mahesh Baliga (b. 1982) Untitled 2010 Oil on canvas 40 x 60 inches

Monali Meher (b. 1969)

Balance 2005 - 2008 Drawing on rice paper with japan ink 22.5 x 15 inches

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SAFION Shanthivanam ArtFoundation c.dakshinamurthy p.perumal m.suriyamoorthy s.k.rajavelu

Address: No.31, Rajasekaran Street, (Off.Dr.R.K.Salai) Mylapore, Chennai - 600004 T: 044 - 2847 2300 M: 99943 88877 sa onart gmail.com sa onart yahoo.com 195


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SAFION, established in early 2009 at Chennai (Tamil Nadu), INDIA, is one of the newest art galleries in South India. SAFION was born out of years of passion for “Art” by the founder – Prabhakar Krishnan (Computer Engineer, IT Entrepreneur from USA, an active social worker in the field of mental health & social science) with a desire to bring South Indian Art to the doorstep of art lovers/dealers/ collectors across the globe. SAFION was conceived in late 2008 with an aim to nurture South Indian artists with immense potential to make their mark in the intensely competitive world of art. By early 2009, this dream had fructified into SAFION, an Art Initiative & Art Gallery. At SAFION we have three major responsibilities - To artists, To Buyers, To Society. We choose the name ‘SAFION’ – derived from the name of the NGO that Prabhakar co-founded at Tiruchirappalli (south of Chennai) Shanthivanam Art FoundatION. Go beyond the commercial “Art for Art Sake,Art for Society Sake”, to be of value to Society ,to promote artists in to the main stream art market - Support a portion of the wealth created by SAFION for the Social causes and Charities in our Society. This mission led the founder to visit & study various galleries, art schools, art camps, art exhibitions across various parts of India and abroad, with an aim to help artists from Southern region to bring their work collectively in front of the world through various marketing mediums. SAFION is in process of establishing associates in Indian metro cities and other countries to better market and promote South Indian Art. We aim at making the artwork accessible to buyers at a very reasonable price, as close to the artists price as possible. SAFION provides the buyers with an authenticity certificate, operates in a strict regulatory environment and confirms to the best international standards. “Our Gallery works for the Artists and not the Artists for the Gallery” – our gallery is established now because of the artists. These artists have made the gallery what it is today, and we work with them for the long term, long enough to know each other’s character & sensitivities, sharing the growth and progress. From the moment we start working with an artist, its really forever.

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Maps And Boundaries Curated by Prabhakar Krishnan, SAFION

The constellation of artists in this show includes P. Perumal – S. K. Rajavelu – C. Dakshinamoorthy – M. Suriyamoorthy. This group of artists has played a significant role and contributed to the change in the face of the contemporary Indian Art through their compelling vision of Indian modernity. Figurative as practiced by Indian artists.These artists belonging to the Madras Art Movement are different in their indigenous art forms, mode of expressions acceptable to modern taste, narrative format, style, linear graces, character, medium, linear rhythm, patterns, forms, gestures, calligraphy and appeal. P. Perumal (1935) Perumal paints with oil on canvas with expressive brush strokes and knife. His earthen colors invoke the landscape of the south. Depicting the simple subject of rural life, his attenuated and lithe country figures. His early impressions of the famine-stricken villagers and the rugged landscape, joyful expressions of people making happy sounds of everyday life have found lucid expression in his paintings. The colors are dark, somber and mute in keeping with the themes. Full of linear motifs, the lean and lanky figures with sloping shoulders and elongated limbs are permanently on trek, with their belongings. S. K. Rajavelu (1941) Rajavelu expresses his love of life in the only language he knows: Line and color. His strength lies in his mastery, in his supreme command over line, he uses the color only for highlighting it. Human form interests him deeply. He often draws the fertile grace of the female forms, highly graphic and erotic, drawn in such clean curvilinear lines, they seem more innocent than naughty. C. Dakshinamoorthy (1943) Appreciated internationally, for his captivating granite sculptures and his individualistic style of painting. He attempts sculpture in different kinds of stones, ceramics, bronze, etc. He conceives the idea according to the size, shape and color of the stone, forms abstract female face and group of women in flirtatious angles. From the study of graphics in UK, he extended his linearity and figurative skills on to printmaking too. M. Suriyamoorthy (1944) He paints a story by bordering his main composition with a series of smaller pictures. His canvases, richly painted with layers of primitive color, lend an organic realism to his figures, often females showing their best maternal instincts.

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C. Dakshinamurthy (b. 1943) Untitled 2009 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 inches

C. Dakshinamurthy (b. 1943) Untitled 2009 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches

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C. Dakshinamurthy (b. 1943) Untitled 2008 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 inches

C. Dakshinamurthy (b. 1943) Untitled 1991 Copper relief work 12 x 12 inches

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C. Dakshinamurthy (b. 1943) Queen 2008 Black Granite 4 x 6 x 4 inches

C. Dakshinamurthy (b. 1943) Untitled 1993 Bronze work 12 x 12 inches

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P. Perumal (b. 1935) Village-blue 2010 Oil on canvas 72 x 72 inches

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P. Perumal (b. 1935) Untitled 2008 Oil on canvas 22 x 46 inches

P. Perumal (b. 1935) Untitled 2008 Oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches

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P. Perumal (b. 1935) Untitled 2008 Oil on canvas 38 x 55 inches

P. Perumal (b. 1935) Goat and men 2006 Watercolor on paper 6.4 x 5.04 inches

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M. Suriyamoorthy (b. 1944) Untitled Oil on canvas 60 x 52 inches

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M. Suriyamoorthy (b. 1944) Untitled 1993 Oil on canvas 60 x 32 inches

M. Suriyamoorthy (b. 1944) Lady with mirror 2001 Oil on canvas 34 x 29 inches

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M. Suriyamoorthy (b. 1944) Untitled 1971 Mixed media on paper 14 x 11 inches

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M. Suriyamoorthy (b. 1944) Untitled Oil on canvas 32 x 29 inches

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S. K. Rajavelu (b. 1941) a. b. c. d.

Untitled 1985 Pen on paper 11 x 13.8 inches Krishna Kaalinga Nardanam 1990 Pen on paper 22 x 14.2 inches Ladies Dressing 1990 Pen on paper 22 x 14.2 inches Untitled 1984 Pen on paper 15 x 20 inches

S. K. Rajavelu (b. 1941) Untitled 1985 Pen & ink, acrylic on canvas 82 x 60 inches

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S. K. Rajavelu (b. 1941) Untitled 1972 Pen and acrylic on paper 10.2 x 9 inches

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GallerySumukha abirkarmakar anthonyroche archanahande ayishaabraham barbaraash chintanupadhayay jasmeenpatheja k.t.shivprasad princesspea pushpamalan. surekha y.jayamma

Address: 187, St. Mary’s Road, Alwarpet, Chennai - 600 018. T: +91 (44) 4211 2545 E: gallery@sumukha.com W: www.sumukha.com 211


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Gallery Sumukha, Bengaluru begun from a modest space in 1996, has evolved over the years and is currently housed in the largest private gallery space of South India, with a gallery in Chennai as well, which opened in 2006. Sumukha caters to a wide audience, nationally and internationally. The gallery has a history of working with external curators and artists from various parts of the world, and supports artists in terms of commissions and relevant spaces to expose their conceptual thinking, thus marking it as an international space. Simultaneously it presents Indian Contemporary artists abroad. Gallery Sumukha is also a platform for established and next generation artists to showcase all forms and media of Contemporary Art.

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Image courtesy the artist

Abir Karmakar (b. 1977 ) Doll House 2010 Oil on canvas 48 x 72 inches

Anthony Roche (b. 1974) Brand Aphrodisiac 2011 Acrylic on canvas 71 x 82.7 inches

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Archana Hande (b. 1970)

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Ayisha Abraham (b. 1963)

The Doll 1993 Computer manipulated photographic print 20.3 x 16.2 inches each Ed. 1/3 each

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Barbara Ash (b. 1966)

Big odd doll 2010 Fibreglass, polystyrene, acrylic paint, paper doilies 76.4 x 35.2 x 20 inches

Chintan Upadhayay (b. 1972) Chintu Fibreglass, gold leaf 36 x 36 x 24 inches

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Barbara Ash has been awarded the Artist’s Grant by the Arts Council of England, towards the Dolls project.


Jasmeen Patheja (b. 1979)

Stills from video Catch Me if You Can In collaboration with Indri (actor and grandmother) 2011 Installation, photo performance/projection/sound, edition of 5

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Jasmeen Patheja (b. 1979)

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Y. Jayamma (b. )

K.T. Shivprasad (b. 1947) Saint, Spiderman & Puppet 2010 - 11 Oil & Acrylic on canvas 73.2 x 52 inches

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Putana Samhara sea shells, hair, wood 18.7 x 11 x 8.75 inches


Princess Pea (b. 1980)

Princess Pea (b. 1980) Shalabhanjika Fiberglass , resin and auto paint 9.2 x 10.4 x 7.2 inches Edition 2

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Lotus Pond – Ananda 2011 Natural pigment on silk 22.4 x 22.4 x 2.2 inches

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Shadi Ghadirian Studio, Tehran 2009 Photographed by Shadi as Qajar Woman (standing) From the series Exotic Views Archival Inkjet Print, Harman Warm tone Paper 30.5 x 20.3 inches Edition 3/6

Surekha (b. 1965)

She is a kid 2010 Digital print on archival paper 30 x 44 inches Ed. 1/8

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Established in the year 2009, The Faraway Tree Gallery is committed to promoting quality Contemporary Art by Indian artists. Since its opening, the gallery has held several, acclaimed exhibitions of established as well as upcoming younger generation artists. Noteworthy among them are the Retrospective Exhibition of artist RB. Bhaskaran, January 2010 and the Silver Anniversary Exhibition of the Association of British Scholars, August 2010, which showcased works of South Indian artists who have travelled to the UK on scholarships/travel grants from the British Council and the ABS. In January 2011, the gallery showed works of Aparajithan Adimoolam, Ebenezer Singh and Natesh Muthusamy, artists of the new milieu. The Faraway Tree Gallery shows exceptional artists, providing clients and collectors access to some of the best quality Contemporary Indian art. The gallery also offers limited edition prints of well known Indian artists. The gallery has shown highly respected artists, some of whom are Akkitham Narayanan, RB Bhaskaran, KM Adimoolam, Muralidharan, Jatin Das and RM. Palaniappan among others. The younger generation artists who have been shown include Aneesh KR, Aparajithan Adimoolam, Bibekananda Santra, Ebenezer Singh, Farhad Hussain, John Tun Sein, Natesh Muthusamy, Pradeep Puthoor, Sanatan Saha and Suresh Panicker.

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Aneesh K Rajan (b. 1986) Perspectives 2010 Acrylic on print 19 x 36 inches

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Aparajithan Adimoolam (b. 1972) Exile 2011 Acrylic on canvas 38 x 45 inches

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Ebenezer Singh (b. 1966) Apple Opens Eye 2010 Acrylic & oil on canvas 66 x 48 inches

Natesh Muthusamy (b. 1960) The Yawn 2009 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 60 inches

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Suresh Panicker (b. 1980) Untitled I 2009 Dry pastels on paper 38 x 53 inches

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The purpose of Art Conversations is to locate the current state of Modern and Contemporary Indian art with regards to a view on art as a component of larger cultural production and cultural commerce. With reference to historical, academic, critical, curatorial and commercial structures within a local context as well as in continental and global schemes, this series of conversations will investigate new emerging trends and directions in key areas such as collecting, art criticism, curating, the art market and artistic production.

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day I

Session I

Session 2

March 24, 2011, 2.30 - 4.00 PM

March 24, 2011, 4.30 - 6.00 PM

Collectors’Corner

TheArtCritic

Discussants Sandeep Reddy (Art collector, Chennai), Sanjay Parthasarthy (Art collector, Chennai), Nirmalya Kumar (Art collector, London), Ranvir Shah (Art collector, Chennai). Moderated by Saloni Doshi (Director, Space 118; Art collector, Mumbai)

Discussants Bhavna Kakar (Editor, TAKE on Art Magazine, New Delhi), Abhay Sardesai (Editor, Art India Magazine, Mumbai), Adip Dutta (Artist, Art Critic, Kolkata), Ashrafi Bhagat (Art critic, Chennai) Moderated by GirishShahane (Independent art critic, Mumbai)

Art collecting is at once a prevalent and niche activity. Art collectors are everywhere and it doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money, but it does take a lot of passion, to build up an art collection. Collecting is also unique to the individual collects: tastes vary – some prefer cutting-edge art, some prefer decorative, and others just collect what they like, allowing the collection to grow organically over time. The collectors on this panel will each talk about what initiated their collecting ha it in the rst place and the ision they ha e for their art collection going forward.

Criticism, in its purest form, has to be objective and have no strings attached. However, writing about art has become extremely fashionable in recent times. But most ‘art critics’ these days also encumber hybrid roles as art advisors, collectors, dealers or gallerists – or they have social networks and alliances, which prevent them from taking a truly independent stance. With so many underlying agendas at play, can the art critic even afford to be critical anymore? How can art criticism revive and restore its capacity to ascertain cultural relevance of art works and thus, create real extrinsic value?

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Session I

Session 2

March 25, 2011, 2.30 - 4.00 PM

March 24, 2011, 4.30 - 6.00 PM

The Curatorial Eye

The Art Market

Discussants Arshiya Lokhandwala (Director, Lakereen, Mumbai), Gayatri Sinha (Independent art critic and curator, New Delhi), Chaitanya Sambrani (Curator; Lecturer, Australian National University), Suman Gopinath (Independent art curator, Bangalore). Moderated by Oindrilla Maity Surai (Independent art curator, Kolkata)

Discussants Supriya Banerjee (Director, Gallerie 88, Kolkata), Sree Goswami (Director, Project 88, Mumbai), Sharan Apparao (Director, Apparao Galleries, Chennai), Mukesh Panika (Director, Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi). Moderated by Shalini Biswajit (Director, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai)

Curators used to have jobs in museums and institutions, but with the declining budgets of non-commercial spaces in addition to the explosion of curatorial programs

Ask any gallery how value is determined for art works and they can’t tell you in a few easy sentences. “It’s complicated,” is the response you’re most likely to get. There is no regulatory body that exists to standardize and systematize values in art and in the complex mechanism of the art world, value is created sometimes systematically and at other times, the process can seem random to outsiders. How has value been created in the past 5 years and where are we now in the value creation chain? Which artists have survived with regards to intrinsic and extrinsic values in the pell-mell and why when many others have not? What role does the gallery play in this infrastructure? Differences and overlaps in the regional markets will be highlighted.

sending out new young curators without institutions to enter, the tag “curator” has taken on many different avatars. What does it mean to curate exhibitions in today’s world and what value can a “curator” generate in the art space at home and abroad?

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Session I March 26, 2011, 11.00 - 12.30 PM

Artist’s In Conversation Discussants Paula Sengupta (Artist, Kolkata), Mithu Sen (Artist, New Delhi), SG Vasudev (Artist, Chennai), Rajan Krishnan (Artist, Kochi), Zakkir Hussain (Artist, Kochi) Moderated by Parvathi Nair (Artist, Chennai) Methodologies for art production vary across a wide spectrum of concepts, mediums and styles. Artists are broadening their approaches more than ever before to incorporate new materials, methods and media. The artists in this session talk about their practices and how they have used interdisciplinary modes of thinking to inform their artistic production from conceptualization to the end product, which is the art object itself.

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speakerprofile Sharmistha Ray

Sharmistha is an independent art consultant, curator and artist. In February 2010, she launched her art consultancy firm, Canvas and Brush, LLC, based out of New Jersey and Mumbai, which advises private and corporate entities in India and abroad towards developing world-class art collections. Recent projects include a benefit art auction for “Hope for Haiti-India Cares” in March 2010. In June 2010, she was invited by Art Basel 41 in partnership with ProHelvetia Swiss Art Council as one of six curators from India to engage in a cultural exchange in Switzerland on a special tour. Her curated exhibition A Place of Their Own of South Asian-American Diaspora Artists also opened in Mumbai in October 2010 to critical acclaim. In addition, she runs a joint art consultancy firm Kria Creative Art Consultants that innovates in the space of art, design and lifestyle to create specially customized concepts for their clients’ projects and events. Widely regarded as an expert in the art field, Sharmistha comments regularly on matters of art and the art market for leading TV and print media that has included TIME Magazine, Financial Times, NZZ, Forbes India, TimeOut Mumbai, Vogue India and CNBC and NDTV. She has also authored essays, articles and reviews for both Indian and foreign art and lifestyle publications including ArtAsiaPacific, Art India, Art Pulse, Gallerie International, DNA,Vogue India,Verve and MW Magazine. She is a regular contributor on the art market for The Economic Times; her column “Artonomics,” which appears bimonthly on Mondays offers candid market insights to anyone curious about art.

Nirmalya Kumar

Nirmalya Kumar is a passionate supporter of Indian art living in London and a patron of the British Museum. He is the custodian of among the largest private collections of Jamini Roy and Rabindranath Tagore Mpaintings that are housed in London and Kolkata. Parts of his collection have been exhibited in London at Asia House, Nehru Centre and Aicon Gallery as well as at Chitrakoot Art Gallery in Kolkata. Recently, the book, Urban Patua: The Art of Jamini Roy, authored by the British Museum curator Sona Datta, featured his collection.

Ranvir Shah

Ranvir Shah, cultural activist, philanthropist and businessman, has always had a keen interest in books, art, dance, music, interior decor and a sharp aesthetic perception. In 1998, he founded the Prakriti Foundation and has been a catalyst in changing the cultural scene in Chennai hosting events ranging from serious scholarly discourse to seminars, multimedia events, experimental and protest cinema, music festivals and contemporary dance performances. He is currently involved in the conceptualization and delivery of seven calendar events throughout the year. He has also curated various art exhibitions/festivals, the most recent being “Tranceport” – A solo exhibition by Pravin Kannanur at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (Delhi) in February 2011. He is a freelance journalist and theatre/art critic for the Hindu and New Indian Express newspapers.

Saloni Doshi

Saloni did her double honors degree in Politics and Economics at St. Xavier’s college, Bombay and then went for further education to the London School of Economics to do her Master’s in Media and Communication. After a long span of 5.5 years at the Times of India, where she played a pivotal role in digitising all the print publications and creating websites, she decided to pursue her passion and follow her heart. Saloni started collecting art ever since she started working, however, her journey began when she interned at Osian’s Fine Art auction house for a brief period before she set out for London. her collection now has over 100 works mostly of young contemporary artists like Shreyas Karle,Yamini Nayar, T. Venkanna, Aditya Pande, Sonia Jose, Sunoj D, Pushpamala N, Rohini Devasher, Tejal Shah and the likes. She decided to start her own Artist Studios and residencies in her warehouse space in south Bombay to give to the artists community something that was a scarcity in Bombay- Space 118. Apart from collecting and running artists’ studios, Saloni also dabbles in writing for the Arts and Culture pages of TOI and is the Chairperson of the Bombay Chapter of Young FICCI Ladies Organisation.

Sandeep Reddy

Sandeep Reddy is a collector based in Chennai, India. He is both Founder and Managing Director of Peepul Capital, an India-centric Private Equity investor. He is also an active participant on the boards of several companies – public and private. Reddy started his collection with Indian works from the early 90s with Indian moderns such as Hussain, Laxma Goud, Vaikuntam, Paritosh Sen etc. Then he extended his collection to include Western Contemporary artists and also began to focus on Indian Contemporary art. Some of the artist in his collection include: Atul Dodiya, N S Harsha, and Shilpa Gupta etc.

Sanjay Parthasarathy

In October 2009, Sanjay moved back to Chennai, India, after 19 years at Microsoft and 23 years in the US. In the past year, Sanjay has been investing in very early stage startups in India while working on starting up a consumer Internet business in India. 232


Sanjay’s last role at Microsoft was as corporate VP of the Startup Business Accelerator, a new division he created to build startups within Microsoft. Earlier, Sanjay was corporate VP of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group. Sanjay built the D&PE division from 0 to over 1,500 people worldwide and grew Microsoft’s software development tools business from $500 million to $1 billion. From 1996-98, Sanjay ran Microsoft’s South Asia Region, based in Bangalore. Sanjay hosted and directed Bill Gates’ first ever visit to India in 1997. This visit led to the massive expansion of Microsoft’s activities and investments in India. It also had a catalytic effect on the Indian software industry. Sanjay has an MS in engineering from MIT, an MS in management from the MIT Sloan School, and a BE in mechanical engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India.

Abhay Sardesai

Abhay Sardesai has been the Editor of ART India, the premier art magazine of India, since November 2002. Under his editorship, the magazine has developed a Culture Studies-oriented approach and has become more inter-disciplinary in its theme-based explorations. He has been a Visiting Faculty in Aesthetics at the Department of English, University of Mumbai, and has also been the Chair of Humanities, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai. He teaches at the Smt. P. N. Doshi Women’s College of Arts and also at various other institutions like Jnanapravaha and TISS. He writes in English and translates from Marathi, Konkani and Gujarati. An associate of the research collective PUKAR, he was the Director of the Writing Across the City project which explored the inter-relationships between literatures and literary cultures in the city of Mumbai. He has written widely on Art and Literature and read from his work at various places including the University of Princeton, University of Cambridge, Mumbai University, S.N.D.T. University, Sarai and NGMA.

Adip Dutta

Adip Dutta (born 1970) is a practicing artist. He has been professionally trained as a sculptor and currently is a faculty at the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, kolkata. His work comprises sculptural objects and drawings concerning identity related ideas and associations. His practice often reconciles elements of nature with culture. His use of material and technique deals with the balance between irreconcilable concepts like risk and beauty. Adip has also frequently written on contemporary Indian art. In his writings he has often dealt with the position in between an artist and a writer on art. He switches on positions and exchanges the gaze of a practicing artist with that of a writer on art. This exchange defines both his practice and writing.

Ms. Ashrafi S. Bhagat

Ms. Ashrafi S. Bhagat. M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., is the Associate Professor and Former Head, teaching at the Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, [Autonomous] Chennai. She is an Art Historian, Art Critic and an Author. She has to her credit a research paper titled Lineage of Abstraction within the Madras Art Movement published in the book “The New Art History: Studies in Indian Art” [eds.] Shivaji K. Pannikkar, Parul Mukherjee, Deepty Achar, New Delhi, 2003]. Published by Oxford University Press April 2003, a monograph on the Madras artist A.P. Santhanaraj published by Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi, June 2006 and many others. She was invited by the MARG journal, to be Guest Editor for a special edition on South titled “The Southern Terrain” published in December 2010

Bhavna Kakar

Bhavna Kakar is a Delhi based expert in Modern and Contemporary Art with a special focus on the Indian subcontinent. An alumnus of MS University, Baroda specializing in art history with an ongoing PhD in Pre-Modern art, Bhavna Kakar has nearly a decade’s experience as the Managing and Executive Editor of Art & Deal Magazine as well as the Managing Partner with Art Konsult. Presently she is the Editor/Publisher of TAKE on art, an art quarterly published from New Delhi. Through the publication, Bhavna organizes thinking and research within epistemological traits and philosophical mediations in conjunction with writers and researchers to evolve a fluid space in the realm of art. She has also consolidated her efforts under the brand of Latitude 28, an art gallery based in New Delhi. Bhavna Kakar has curated numerous art exhibitions and projects in capacity of an independent curator and writer in both India and abroad. She coordinated the seminar ‘Cult of the Goddess’ and curated the exhibition ‘Of Goddesses and more’ at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. Her exhibitions have been profiled in Verve, Femina, Outlook Business, Time Out, India Today, Artconcerns. com, mattersofart.com, Times of India, Indian Express, Telegraph, Hindustan Times and Art India.

Girish Shahane

Girish Shahane studied English literature at Elphinstone College, Bombay, and Oxford University. He was editor and later consulting editor of the Art News Magazine of India. He has lectured at institutions such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay; Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; the Tate Modern, London; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Shows he has curated include The Presence of the Past(NCPA, Bombay, 1998); Art / Technology (Max Mueller Bhavan Gallery, Bombay, 2000); and Legacy: A-vanguard (Gallery Threshold, Delhi, 2010). Girish Shahane is advisor to the Skoda Prize for contemporary Indian art and writes a fortnightly column for Yahoo! India. 233


Arshiya Lokhandwala

Arshiya Lokhandwala is an art historian (Ph.D, Cornell University, USA), Curator (M. A., Goldsmiths College, London) Gallerist, Lakeeren Art Gallery (1995-2003 and 2009-ongoing) in Mumbai, presenting over 70 exhibitions of the Indian contemporary art. She also curated Rites/Rights/Rewrites: Women’s Video Art that traveled to Cornell, Duke and Rutgers’s Universities from 2003-06. She was also a participant of theDocumenta 11 Education program in Kassel in 2002, under the artistic curator Okwui Enwezor. She areas of work include Biennales and Large-scale exhibitions, globalization, feminism, performance and new media art practices. Her upcoming curatorial projects include Of Gods and Goddesses. Cinema. Cricket. The New Cultural Icons of India for the RPG foundation at the Jehangir Art Gallery in February in 2011, and The Rising Phoenix: A Conversation between Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, Queens Museum, New York, 2013to name a few. She lives and works in Mumbai.

Chaitanya Sambrani

Chaitanya Sambrani is an art historian and curator with special interests in modern and contemporary art in Asia. He has a first class MA (Fine) in Art Criticism from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, and a Ph.D. in Art History and Curatorship from the Australian National University. His work has been featured in major publications, exhibitions and conferences in Australia, India, China, Korea, Singapore, and the USA. His recent curatorial projects include Place. Time.Play: India-China Contemporary Art (Shanghai, October-December 2010) and Edge of Desire: Recent Art In India (Perth, New York, Mexico City, Monterrey, Berkeley, New Delhi, Mumbai, 2004-07).

Gayatri Sinha

Gayatri Sinha is an art critic and curator based in New Delhi. Her primary areas of enquiry are around the structures of gender and iconography, media, economics and social history. As curator her work has cited the domains of photography and lens based work from archival and contemporary sources. She has edited Voices of Change: 20 Indian Artists (Marg 2010), Art and Visual Culture in India 1857- 2007 (Marg Publications, 2009); Indian Art: an Overview (Rupa Books, 2003]; Woman/Goddess (1998); Expressions and Evocations :Contemporary Indian Women Artists of India (Marg Publications, 1996]. She has curated extensively in India and abroad including at the India Art Summit and the Korean International Art Fair (2009), Newark Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2008-09), Fotographie Forum, Frankfurt (2006), the National Museum, New Delhi (2004), the Festival of India in Bangladesh (1997), The National Gallery of Modern Art (1996). As an art critic she wrote a column for the Indian Express and The Hindu, and has written monographs on the artists Krishen Khanna and Himmat Shah. She has lectured on Indian art at the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Museum, Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Asian Art Museum, Singapore etc.

Maity Surai

Oindrilla Maity Surai (b 1978) is an independent curator, art historian, critic and art practitioner based in Kolkata. Her interests lie in finding out how myth and memory operate in different societies. She was chosen for the Curatorial Programme at Khoj International Artists’ Association 2010 -’11. She has been awarded the Art Scribe’s Award 2011 for attending a month long residency in the Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea, where she will develop her project on myth and its impact in an urban society. She currently teaches Art History as a Guest Lecturer in the Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

Suman Gopinath

Suman Gopinath is a curator and founder/director of CoLab Art & Architecture based in Bangalore. She worked in a private gallery and studied at Goldsmiths’, UK, before setting upCoLab in 2005. CoLab works with artists, architects, curators and institutions and presents contemporary Indian work, within the context of international practice. Her most recent curatorial projects include Nasreen Mohamedi Notes: Reflections on Indian Modernism in collaboration with Grant Watson for Office for Contemporary Art Norway, andPractices in Contemporary Art & Architecture, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore. Her essays have appeared in Afterall, Flash Art, Modern Painters, Art Review.

Supriya Banerjee

Born and brought up in Kolkata and graduated with psychology. I was from a business family and married to a business family. My interest in art was from childhood. I used to visit many exhibitions in Kolkata and during my stay abroad. It was my passion towards the art, which force me to open an art gallery. In 1988, when I stated Galerie 88, it was one of the few art galleries in the city. It started with 500sqft space on Shakespeare Sarani in the heart of the city. Over the last twenty-three years it has expanded its activity in Kolkata by adding two more gallery space and now total area is around 4000sqft. I have, during this period, organised nearly 200 shows all over India and abroad. And have showcased some of the present important artists of India like M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, F. N. Souza, Krishna Reddy, Somnath Hore, Meera Mukherjee, Ganesh Pyne, Bikash Bhattacharya, Badri Narayn, Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee and Laxma Goud. I 234


have wonderful experiences working with some of these great artists. I also have curated several important art shows in London, Fecamp near Paris and Singapore. Now, I have opened a gallery in Mumbai, which is called Project 88 with 4000sqft and now it is being run by my daughter Sree Goswami.

Mukesh Panika

Mukesh Panika graduated as an Architect and Urban planner and is an alumnus of the London School of Economics, UK. Mukesh has previously practiced as an independent arts consultant and curator and founded an international arts organization - ArtsAid in New York in 2005, driven by the initial desire to help connect people from all over the world through art. Before relocating to India, Mukesh has worked in different parts of the world including London, Cairo, Berlin and San Francisco. Mukesh founded and currently heads Religare Art - India’s first corporate arts organization with a vision of creating a 360 degree platform for arts.

Shalini Biswajit

Shalini Biswajit is a painter and a sculptor and Director of Forum Art Gallery, Chennai. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts and has exhibited her works widely in India, Malaysia, London and New York. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘The King and Kiang’ in 2007 for Tulika Publishers. She is a trekking enthusiast and an avid photographer and many of her artworks have been evolved from her travels and experiences. At Forum Art Gallery, Shalini has curated more than 70 well documented shows since its inception in 1997 and delivers a holistic art experience – art exhibitions, art consultation, art education and art therapy.

Sharan Apparao

Top women achievers were honored by FICCI Ladies organization, Chennai. Sharan Apparao is one of those few women achievers honored for her talent and passion for her promotion of contemporary Indian art. After schooling at Church Park Convent Sharan Apparao got her degree in Fine Arts from Stella Maris. She stepped into the business of art in 1983.Launching ‘The Gallery’ in 1984, Apparao proceeded to nurture it with passion till it blossomed into a flourishing business .Apparao Gallery, as it is now known as is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in India. To sharpen her strong entrepreneurial skills she continued to train herself by doing short courses like summer internship programmes at the Smithsonian in Washington DC and Christie’s contemporary Art in London besides honing her communication skills at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Today, Sharan is an established name in the Indian art world, writing on art and travel for various newspapers and magazines. She started Apparao Galleries in 1984. Now in Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi the organization promotes artists, emerging as well as established in India and abroad.

Sree Goswami

Sree Goswami established Project 88 in Mumbai in 2006. Though exposed to the functioning of a art gallery from an early age, it was after completing her Diploma in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute in London, that she decided to venture into contemporary art. With Project 88, her aim has been to seek out emerging talent and showcase it alongside more established Indian and international artists. Since its establishment, Project 88’s programme has systematically focused on conceptually strong solos interspaced with curated group shows involving young artists. As a young gallerist, Sree has pushed the boundaries of a commercial space by showcasing cutting edge video art, performances, photography apart from paintings and installations.

S.G.Vasudev

Vasudev received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai (1968). He has been profusely awarded for his distinctive and iconic work – The National Award 1967; Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1965, 79, 88;Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1965, ‘77,’79; Govt. of India Cultural Scholarship 1964-66. He has held many solo shows in all important centres of India and in Canada, USA and Germany. He has participated in several group shows in India, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, USA, Japan, France, Cuba and Yugoslavia.Vasudev, who has been part of many important national and international group shows and art camps, is also involved in theatre.

Mithu Sen

MithuSen received both her bachelors (1995) and master’s degree(1997) from VisvaBharati university in Santiniketan,India .in 2000 she received a Charles Wallace India Trust(CWIT) fellowship to study at the Glasgow school of art in Scotland,UK for one year. She has held solo exhibitions of her works at Nature Morte, New Delhi and Berlin, Bose Paciagallery ,New York, Chemould Gallery, Mumbai ;Albion Gallery, London ; Suzie Q project, Zurich; Krinzinger Project,Vienna; Lakeeren gallery, Mumbai; Machintosh Gallery, Glasgow and the British Council, New Delhi. Her works have been included in Group exhibitions in many international museums and galleries as well as in India 235


including IVAM, Valencia; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; Kunst Museum , Berne; Daimler Chrysler collection , Berlin; Brandise University, Boston; Museum of modern art(MOMAT) Tokyo;GoetheInstitute, Salvador, Brazil, LausanneMuseum, Berne, Switzerland; SOMA Museum, Seoul. She is the winner of the Skoda award on Indian contemporary art for the year 2010 Mithusen lives and works in New delhi,India.

Parvathi Nayar

Chennai-based artist Parvathi Nayar’s uniquely hybrid work brings together elements of draughtsmanship and painting, and is rooted in exploring relationships with the world. She encourages viewers to see in new, unfamiliar ways, the world they thought they knew. Parvathi did her Masters in Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, on a Chevening scholarship from the British government. In 2007, she was the only artist invited by ArtSingapore, Singapore’s national art fair, to present an installation of drawings titled “Win Lose Draw”, in which she explored ideas of random chance and predetermined creativity. Her works have been collected by institutions such as the Singapore Art Museum, The Sotheby’s Art Institute and Deutsche Bank. In 2008, her painting Firelight was selected to be featured on ABN Amro’s Dil Se platinum card in Singapore. Parvathi’s selected group shows include: In 2011 Indian Art Summit, New Delhi; What happens in Mukteswar, New Delhi; In 2010 “Earth and Water” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; “Cinema Verite Redux” curated by Shaheen Merali, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and Chennai; “Her Work is Never Done” Curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Gallery BMB, Mumbai; “Search Within”, presented by Galerie88 and Sanjay Tulsyan, Kolkotta. In 2009 Indian Art Summit, New Delhi; “Perspecta”, inaugural show, Contemporary Arts Centre, Cholamandal, Chennai. In 2008 “Drawing Out Conversations”, in conjunction with the Singapore Biennale Singapore ; “Nature of the City”, curated by Alexander Keefe & Nitin Mukul, Religare Arts Initiative Limited

Dr. Paula Sengupta

Dr. Paula Sengupta is an artist, academician, curator, and writer. She is currently Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and Secretary of Khoj Kolkata. Her repertoire includes broadsheets, artist’s books, art objects, installation-performance work, and community art projects. Her last project Rivers of Blood focused on enforced migration and resultant physical and psychological displacement against the backdrop of Colonial Bengal and its consequent partition. Her current work, as a sequel to this, explores the 1971 Bangladesh War of Liberation.

Rajan Krishnan

Born in 1967, Kerala. In 1996, after completing his masters from Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda, Rajan Krishnan decided to go back and work from Kerala, his home State. Krishnan’s art is very sensitive to his environment. Krishnan uses landscapes or elements from his immediate natural environment as his “principle protagonist” to express his innermost, aesthetic proclivities whether in celebration, homage or protest. His works are often, bleak, fragmentary visions of an ever changing Land. His international shows include ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today,’ by Saatchi Gallery, London, ‘The Silk Road,’ New Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern Art, from the Saatchi Gallery London, at Lille3000, France, and ‘India: Maximum City,’ Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris, besides group shows and art fairs in India and abroad. He has done solo shows with Kashi Art Gallery (2004), Bombay Art Gallery (2006 &2009), Bodhi Art (2006, 2007 & 2008) and Gallery OED(2008). He has curated ‘Making Art: Let it Happen’ and ‘Earth’ for Gallery OED, Kochi. Krishnan lives and works in Kochi.

Zakkir Hussain

Zakkir Hussain was born in 1970 and grew up in the coastal Indian village of Chandiroor, just outside Kochi in Kerala. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (painting) from the Trivandrum College of Fine Arts, and then completed his Master’s degree in Graphics from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. The artist’s mixed media works on paper and canvas offer viewers a colourful and fantasy-like take on the bond between humans and nature, and are bestowed with a sense of exuberance and dynamism through the artist’s incorporation of a variety of images and influences. Hussain has won multiple awards for his work, including the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award for drawing in 2001, and the State Award from the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 2000. He has had many successful solo exhibitions in India and abroad including ‘103o C Yellow Fever and other Works’ at Gallery Ske, Bangalore, in 2010; Krinzinger Projekte at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, in 2008; ‘Re-turn of the Unholy’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008; and ‘Open Studio’ a two-month residency and exhibition at Navaratna Apartment, Bangalore, in 2003.

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Participating Artists Arpana Caur

Rajan Krishnan

S. G.Vasudev

Babu Eshwar Prasad

Lavanya

Satyanand

Benitha Perciyal

Minal Damani

Shipra Bhattacharya

Binoy Varghese

Mithu Sen

Shuvaprasanna

C. Douglas

Parvathy Nair

Sosa Joseph

Chandra Bhatacharjee

Paula Sengupta

Sudanshu Sutar

Goerge Martin P. J.

Piyali Ghosh

Sujith S. N.

K. Murlidharan

Puja Puri

Vishwanadhan

K. P. Reji

N. N. Rimzon

Zakkir Hussain

Art Camp Venues: Taj Coromandel, Chennai

Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Nungambakkam Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600 034

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Taj Club House, Chennai

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videolounge Participating Artists – Gigi Scaria

Babu Eshwar Prasad

Ranbir Kaleka

Surekha

Interview / 2006 Duration: 8 Mins. Edition: 1 of 7

Man with Cockerel - 2 / 2004 Duration: 6 Mins. loop

Tushar Joag

Jataka Trilogy Jataka I Aliens,Jataka II : Hangover/ 2004 Renunciation, Jataka III : Utopia Duration: 6:33 Mins. Edition: 10

Vishal K. Dar

A StreetCar Named “DESIRE” / 2005 Duration: 1:35 Mins. Edition: 1 of 3

Rohini Daveshwar

Ghosts-in-the-Machine / 2006

Sharmila Samanth Shanghai Tales / 2006 Duration: 13 Mins.

Koumudi Patil 2006 Duration: 5:9 Mins. Edition: 1of 4

Hemali Bhuta

THE MOVEMENT Duration: 5 Mins. Edition: 1/3 (3rd edition is Available)

Kiran Subbaiah

Flovers / 2006 Duration: 7 Mins. Edition: 2 of 8

Umesh Madanahalli

Black Towel 23 Mins. Edition: 1of 5

Nitin Mukul

Meltdown 1 - Red Raga / 2008 Duration: 11:30 Mins.

Ravi Agarwal

The Flower Pluckers / 2007 Duration: 3:0 Mins.

T. K. Hareendran

Monali Meher

Breathing / 2004 Duration: 15:50 Mins.

Manjunath Kamath

Talk

The Anti – Curves Group (Amit Tandel,Divyesh Parma,Archit Patel,Snehal Chudhary,Gaurav Kapadia,Ujjval Gajjar) What If / 2005 Duration: 8 Mins

Sanjeet Chaudhury

Painter’s Equilibrium Duration: 4 Mins.

Nikhil Chopra

Duration: 12:3 Mins.

Baiju Parthan

RORSCHACH BREATH / 2008 Duration: Approx. 6 Mins.

FROM YAMUNA RIVER BED A Journey Of Love / 2006

Murali Cheeroth

A SHORT PASSAGE OF FIRE / 2008 Duration: 13:5 Mins.

Chanchal Banga

Blame Video / 2003 Duration: 1:49 Mins.

Kiran Kaur Brar

Rajan Krishnan

Shilpa Gupta

Ayesha Abraham You are Here / 2008 Duration: 7 Mins.

Suicide Note / 2006 Duration: 25:34 Mins.

K. M. Madhusudhanan

Three Months of Solitude / 2002 Duration: 15 Mins. Edition: 1of 20

Pushpamala L. N

M. S. Prakash Babu

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Splice / 2003 Duration: 2:35 Mins. Edition: 3

HISTORY IS A SILENT FILM / 2007 Duration: 17 Mins. RASHTRIY KHEER & DESIY SALAD / 2004 Duration: 11 Mins.

An Old Story / 2009 Duration: 3 Mins.

The Bee(City / Country : Jerusalem) 2009 Duration: 3:11 Mins.

Untitled (The End) / 2006 Duration: 5 Mins. Pooja Iranna

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Rotary Club of Madras has a rich history of 81 years and has pioneered many community service initiatives. The Pulse Polio ImmunisationProgramme in India was initiated by the Rotary Club of Madras. Alongside, the Club also played a pivotal role in eradicating Red Measels. Today, Rotary Club of Madras has turned its focus to bringing quality education to deserving young boys and girls from under privileged backgrounds. Through numerous programmes, the Club is seeking to bring a smile back on the face of students studying and coping with adversities. The Club’s energies are also focused on educating girl children, who drop out of school for lack of basic amenities. “The Boys Town”, at Gummundipoondi&Selaiyur, seek to provide a new lease of life to boys from broken homes. Typically, the boys come from a family with history of domestic violence against the women, leading to boys dropping out of schools to support the family income. Such boys are given food, clothing, shelter and education to transform their lives. As an adult, they are taught a gainful vocation or profession. Through Project “CREATE”, the Club is seeking to impart vocational training in welding, electrical, plumbing, wiring, elevator maintenance, etc., so that the trainees may be equipped with marketable skills, leading to gainful employment. The Club rebuilt an entire fishing village devastated by the killer Tsunami that struck east coast of India during December 2004. At Sulerikattukuppam, near Mahabalipuram, the Club has built a colony for the hapless fisherfolk at a cost of Rs. 65 million. Besides, the Club has also built a cold storage and rebuilt new boats, sourced fishing nets, etc., necessary for the livelihood of such fishermen. Rotary Club of Madras is also seeking to improve the health of young boys and girls so that they may concentrate on academics & sports. By providing nutritious supplements, the Club ensures that children are healthy and take their examinations with confidence. A healthy community is a healthy country! Almost every week, a medical screening camp is held to check various medical parameters of the less privileged sections. The Club has a large contingent of committed medical professionals who devote their time, energy and money in raising health standards across Chennai and its surrounding areas.

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Artists participating in the Auction Arpana Caur Babu Eshwar Prasad Benita Perciyal Binoy Varghese C. Douglas Chandra Bhatacharjee Goerge Martin P. J. K. Murlidharan K. P. Reji Rajan Krishnan Lavanya Minal Damani Mithu Sen Parvathy Nair

Paula Sengupta Piyali Ghosh Puja Puri N. N. Rimzon S. G.Vasudev Satyanand Shipra Bhattacharya Shuvaprasanna Sosa Joseph Sudanshu Sutar Sujith S. N. Vishwanadhan Zakkir Hussain

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Anjolie Ela Menon (b.1940)

orn of mi ed engali and merican parentage n olie la enon riefly attended . . chool of art in om ay and su se uently earned a degree of nglish iterature from elhi ni ersity. howing promise as a teenager enon wor ed and studied in aris at the cole des eau rts in 2 on a rench o ernment scholarship. efore returning home she tra eled e tensi ely in urope and West sia studying omanes ue and y antine art. ince then she has li ed and wor ed in ndia in ngland the . . . ermany and the erstwhile . he had o er thirty solo shows including at lac heath allery ondon allery adic e onn Winston allery Washington oma a indra ha anand hridharani allery ew elhi cademy of ine rts alcutta the allery adras hemould allery a allery om ay and aya allery at the useum nne e ong ong. retrospecti e e hi ition was held in in om ay. n addition to paintings in pri ate and corporate collections her wor s ha e een ac uired y museums in ndia and a road. enon has ser ed on the ad isory committee and the art purchase committee of the ational allery of odem rt ew elhi where she was co curator with enri laude ousseau for a rna or e hi ition of rench ontemporary rt in . oo titled aintings in ri ate ollections has een pu lished on her life and wor . he artist li es and wor s in elhi.

Bikash Bhattacharya (1940 – 2006)

a ing lost his father at a ery young age i ash hattachar ee had a childhood full of struggle. orm his early years the rooftops and alleyways of north alcutta the crum ling walls of uildings the ariety of people wo e a certain magic in his mind. n he graduated from ndian ollege of rt and raftsmanship. e egan teaching at ndian ollege of rt and raftsmanship in . ater from hattachar ee egan teaching at the o ernment ollege of rt & raft and taught there till 2. n he ecame a mem er of the ociety of ontemporary rtists. t his est hattachar ee achie es an enigmatic uality in his paintings that wor s on many le els from the isual to the su conscious. emale eauty is a ma or preoccupation of hattachar ee. ut he also creates a aried cast of characters in his can ases old men and women children domestic help etc.

Ganesh Pyne (b.1937)

ro a ly the foremost e ponent of the engal chool of art anesh yne’s signature style shaped from his own e periences of solitude alienation pain horror and moods of tenderness and serenity comes to surface in each of his wor s. he lines are old precise controlled and the drawings that emerge are potent oth in form and content. tripped of color they con ey an architectonic uality in the structuring of the images. e is o sessed with death. e can’t forget his rst rush with death in the summer of when communal riots had roc ed ol ata. is family was forced out of their crum ling mansion. s he roamed around the city he came across death in all its star reality all around him. o wonder his paintings rarely ha e light ac grounds and lue and lac are his fa orite colors. Wor ing mostly in tempera his paintings are rich in imagery and sym olism. nitially yne painted watercolors and s etches of misty mornings and wayside temples ariously influenced as he was y Walt isney anindranath agore als em randt and aul lee. ually de oted to cinema as he is to painting yne has also drawn inspirations from mo ies made y ellini and ngmar ergman.

Jehangir Sabavala (b.1922)

orn in 22 in um ai ehangir a a ala studied at the est nown art colleges of the world. fter recei ing his rst ne arts diploma from the ir . . chool of rt um ai in a a ala went to urope and studied at the eatherley chool of rt ondon from 5 to and in aris at the cademie ndre hote from to 5 the cademie ulian from 5 to 5 and the cademic de la rande haumiere in 5 . 244

n the artist’s early wor s the human form emerged as only a minuscule element on the can as shrouded in silence and encapsulating the notion of solitude perfectly. owe er his gures ha e egun to re eal more and more of themsel es e en though they are still distanced from the iewer. a a ala’s career has spanned more than si ty years since his rst solo e hi ition. e has held 2 one man shows across ndia and a road. hese include the ’ rt ow in ndia’ hi ition the enice iennale the e hi ition of the rts ouncil of reat ritain the th riennale ndia the asters of ndia rt how um ai the outhe ys slamic & ndian rt show ondon and the hristies ndian ontemporary aintings ondon. e has participated at the alon ational ndependent aris 5 the enice iennial 5 ontemporary rt ftom ndia Washington 5 sian rtists hi ition u uo a rt useum o yo and odem ndian ainting ischhorn useum Washington 2. part from se eral international auctions he has also participated in ‘ hamat ar antasy in ndian rt’ presented y allery at Whiteleys’ ondon . ehangir a a ala li es and wor s in um ai.

Maqbool Fida Husain (b. 1915)

ainting ill oards for feature lms and ma ing furniture designs and toys was usain’s rst o . e earned a li ing with this alright ut the artist in him soon urst forth in rilliant form and color and ariety. oday he is practically synonymous with contemporary ndian art. self taught artist he came to um ai in determined to ecome a painter. n he was in ited y . . ou a to oin the rogressi e rtist’s roup a group that was e ploring a new idiom for ndian art. n his wor he referred often to themes that lended fol tri al and mythological art to create i rantly modern li ing art forms. e depicts the icons of ndian culture through the ages see ing to capture the uintessence of his su ects li e other eresa ord rishna and the oddess araswati. n 52 his rst solo e hi ition was held at rich and o er the ne t few years his wor was widely seen in urope and . . . is rise as a pu lic gure has een sustained and often contro ersial ut his prodigious creati ity has ne er ceased to surprise. usain’s art e tended to feature lms such as hrough the yes of a ainter in which was a olden ear ward winner at the erlin ilm esti al and a agamini in 2 . he o ernment of ndia honored him with the adma hushan and the adma i hushan awards. e has also recei ed the co eted a a a i arma award. usain went on to ecome one of ndia’s highest paid painters. oday he li es in self imposed e ile in atar .

Nasreen Mohemedi (1937 – 1990)

orn in arachi asreen ohamedi mo ed with her family to um ai at the age of se en. n 5 she tra elled a road to study in ondon at aint artin’s chool of rt aris on a scholarship from the rench go ernment. fter she returned to ndia she li ed in om ay elhi and nally settled in aroda where she ecame a teacher in the prestigious aculty of ine rts ni ersity in 2. n aroda ohamedi produced what has come to e seen as her classic wor small scale a stract geometric drawings painsta ingly composed using pencil and pen wor ing with the grid and de iating from it with the use of diagonal lines. irtually alone amongst her peers in ndia who generally fa oured a gurati e narrati e style her lineage can e traced ac to an earlier generation of ndian artists engaged with a straction such as . . aitonde. espite ohamedi’s cosmopolitanism her wor also reflects her identity as a female ndian artist wor ing during the second half of the twentieth century as the su continent its landscapes ur an centres and slamic heritage are often intimated in her wor particularly her photographs.

S.H. Raza (b.1922)

founder mem er of the rogressi e rtists’ roup a a’s style has e ol ed o er the years eginning with e pressionist landscapes drawing from a childhood spent in the forests of adhya radesh which ecame rigid geometric representations of landscape in the 5 s. ater the lines lurred and colour egan to dominate his theme was still landscape ut it was now non representational. owards the s he turned to pure geometrical forms fascinated y a metaphorical space in the mind culminating into the circle or indu which now ecame more of an icon sacred in its sym olism and placing his wor in an ndian conte t. e has participated in numerous e hi itions including the ao aulo iennale


in 1958, the Biennale de Menton, in France in 1966, 1968 and in 1978, and Contemporary Indian Painting, at the Royal Academy in London, in 1982. He was conferred the Padma Shree Award by the President of India, in 1981. Raza lives and works in France.

V. S. Gaitonde (1924–2001)

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra and received his diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948. He was invited to join the Progressive Artists Group and actively participated in its activities. He had several solo exhibitions in India and abroad and participated in group shows like the Indian art exhibition which toured East European countries in 1956 and other group exhibitions at Graham Gallery in New York in 1959 and Gallery 63 in New York, 1963. One of the India’s foremost abstractionists, Gaitonde’s works are represented in several Indian and foreign collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New or . e was awarded the rst pri e at the oung sian rtists hi ition o yo in 1957 and the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1964. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 1971.

K. Laxma Goud (b. 1940)

he ersatile a ma oud has een nown for his uic sil er facility to master one medium after another, throughout his eventful career. After a diploma in Drawing & Painting from the Government School of Art and Architecture, Hyderabad, in 1963, he studied Mural Painting and Printmaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts at M.S. University, Baroda, 1963 - 1965. a ma has a distinct style with nely chiseled pliant lines and delicate washes of color that he uses to depict man’s interaction with nature. From men, women, goats huts to egetation his simple images reflect an idyllic reality that is eing threatened by urbanization. His works proves that there is “eroticism in nature itself”, with protagonists who are raw and vivacious in their appeal. In later work, his gures turn softer more introspecti e. In 2007, the exhibition, ‘Laxma Goud 40 Years: A Retrospective’ was organized by Aicon Gallery, New York. Other recent solo shows of Goud’s work include ‘ culptures ron e and erra cottas’ at the uild rt allery um ai in 2 ‘ ecent erracotta eramic ron e culptures’ at allery hreshold ew elhi and undole rt allery um ai in 2 icon allery ew or in 2 and Grey Art Gallery, New York, in 2001-02. Some noted group shows are ‘From the ault’ at icon allery ondon and ew or in 2 ‘ th nni ersary how’ at allery ans riti ol ata in 2 and ‘ ac to the uture’ at allery space ew elhi in 2 o aulo iennale ra il and ‘ ndian rt omorrow’ at the Philips Collection, Washington D.C., in 1986. he artist li es and wor s in ydera ad.

A P Santhanaraj (b. 1932-2009)

Santhanaraj studied at College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, started teaching there in 1958 and was its Principal till his retirement. ne of the most distincti e aspects of anthanara ’s style is the uality of line. e e plored this element endlessly creating a uni ue isual language ne er accepting a preconceived form. Interestingly, the artist always painted his canvases flat on the ground wor ing on it from all angles a measure of his uncon entional uninhibited thinking process. For Santhanaraj, colors too were an inspiration, not with their emoti e uality ut rather the atmosphere they e uded. is e hi itions included umar allery in 5 arious tate and ational art e hi itions ommonwealth art e hi ition in ondon one man shows umar allery and 2 etrospecti e at elhi y . . . . e was recognized widely arious awards for his wor s since 5 and ational ward in 5 and 2 executed portraits for the Parliament House, New Delhi and murals for the adras tate useum 2 amil adu tate alit ala ademi ward 2 and alai hemmal ward ommissioner for painting for the ra il riennale alamamani hiromani ward y amil adu o ernment and ala Ratna Award by All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, 1997.

Art & Soul C. DOUGLAS (B. 1951)

Douglas has a Diploma in Painting from the Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai (1976). Rated to be one of India’s next big artists, this unassuming man’s extraordinary meekness and tenderness of spirit is manifest in his work, which ecame increasingly pictures ue with time. From 1981 to 1988 he lived in West Germany, his paintings gradually softer and less structured. is ac uaintance with the ew pressionists lemente and Anselm Kiefer stimulate his fully mature work- after his return to Cholamandal in Chennai. Fragmentation, absence and emptiness are conveyed in Douglas’s paintings through a non hierarchical arrangement of dis ointed manne uins ro en o ects irds toys and human gures. tronger e entually his wor s ha e harsh mild angular human gures often with mas s or only foetus set man unclear, permeable space which in a tactile as well as symbolic way blends signs and evocations of a civilization palimpsest. In it indistinct but wide suggestions of personal and general narrati es situations alues and art historical uotations add to a sense of an entire life journey. Experience of fragility of light and dark gives him a lot of happiness. ouglas has widely e hi ited in rance ermany he etherlands and ndia. e has een honored amil adu tate alit ala cademy hennai harat ha an iennale hopal ational ward for ainting alit ala ademi ew elhi 2 grant to wor at uropean eramics entre etherlands and harles Wallace rust ellowship .

K. Muralidharan (b. 1954)

A Diploma and a post-Diploma in Painting from the Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Madras (1976 & ‘78), followed by Grants to Stockholm College of Art, Sweden, 1989 and to Glasgow School, Scotland, 1993 set Muralidharan off on a ourney as a re ned surrealist painter. Indian mythology inspires his work, where he achieves synthesis of mythological interpretation into simple and straight forms. His paintings are created with mixed media acrylic oil pencil crayon watercolor on arious mediums li e paper canvas and wood. In his paintings, he tries to view images of Gods and Goddesses with an endearing innocence. a dreamy childli e innocence. he richness of traditional te tile designs the vigor of Chola bronzes, the extravagance of lofty Gopurams, the garlanded coiffeurs of amil women the rounded form of the amil alpha et are all a rich source of his pictorial elements Muralidharan uses strong, rich and pure colors to develop his chosen ‘mythic’ tale in line and color. Widely exhibited in Mauritius, Dhaka, Yugoslavia, London, Singapore, Germany, Singapore, los Angeles, Hong Kong, Sweden and Scotland, he was been awarded the National Award, Lalit Kala ademi ew elhi and the tate ward amil adu alit ala cademy Madras, 1979 and 1986.

K. Rajasekaran Nair (b. 1957)

Rajasekaran’s academic grounding in the sulptural arts has been intensive, and e hausti e. ational iploma in culpture ollege of ine rts ri andrum in 1980, a B.A.(Fine Arts) in Sculpture from Kerala University in 1982, a Post Graduate Diploma in Sculpture in 1984 as well as an M.A. (Fine Arts) in Sculpture in 1987 from M.S. University, Vadodara saw him working almost exclusively with black granite. His works in Black Granite are powerful pieces with their contrasts of smooth and rough te tures. oday after twenty e years of granite wor he is working in bronze, reinventing himself. He has exhibited the world over, notably at the 1987 Forestry Commission esidency in lasgow arden esti al oyal cottish nnual hi ition din urgh cotland tate & entral alit ala ademi hi itions h un a hime refecture apan a shi allery adras & angalore 5 years of ndependence rt e hi ition and ’s e hi ition of paintings & sculptures, 2002. his dedicated sculptor has won the ighly ala ademi u arat tate alit ala

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Award, UK, 1985; Artist in Residence, Scottish Sculpture Trust’s Studio in Lumsden, Scotland, 1986; and the National Award for Sculpture, 1994.

S.G.Vasudev (b.1941)

Vasudev received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai (1968). He has been profusely awarded for his distinctive and iconic work – The National Award 1967; Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1965, 79, 88; Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1965, ‘77,’79; Govt. of India Cultural Scholarship 1964-66. He has held many solo shows in all important centres of India and in Canada, USA and Germany. He has participated in several group shows in India, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, USA, Japan, France, Cuba and Yugoslavia.Vasudev, who has been part of many important national and international group shows and art camps, is also involved in theatre.

Artworld Gallery Alphonso Doss (b. 1939)

Dr Alphonso Doss completed a Diploma in Fine arts in advanced painting in 1962, became Cultural scholar, Government of India Ministry of Education and Culture, New Delhi; received a Cultural Doctorate, from World University Arizona, USA and was also Principal in the Government College of Art and Crafts, Chennai. He conceptualized and helped establish the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chennai, in 1997. Fascinated by the history and development of symbols, he postulated in his doctoral thesis that the concept of the Nataraja has derived from the symbolism of the swastika. His Nataraj Series of oil on canvas paintings is a creative version of these ndings. Dr Doss has held solo exhibitions in Holland (1980, 1982), at the Doshisha University in Japan (1983), at the Treasure Room Gallery in New York (1985), at the BF Larsen Gallery in the USA, at the Ricks College in Idaho, the USA (1986) and at the Brigham Young University in the USA (1998). He was honored with the International Cultural Centre Award (New Delhi) in 1968 and won the National Award in 1988. In 1971, he participated in VII Triennale, National Academy New Delhi, and in 1983 he was a State Guest under the International visitors program in Washington DC. He was also a part of several international events including the 1972 III Biennale of Visual Arts, Seychelles, and Cherrycreek Art Festival Colorado, Denver USA in 2005. Dr. Doss lives and creates in Chennai.

Amitabh Sengupta (b. 1941)

A graduate in Painting from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, in 1963, Amitabh received a prestigious French Government Scholarship in Printmaking and Painting to study at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1966-68. He has held Solo Shows during this period at Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris and at Cité International de Paris, 1967 and ‘68. Amitabh has also exhibited in the International show of the Salon d’Automne in Paris, 1968. He has done his Ed.M. at the State University of New York at Buffalo under AICE-UNESCO Fellowship 197981. He has also worked in Nigeria as the Head of Visual Arts in two Universities in 1976-87. He has been listed as Art Advisor with the Federal Universities in Nigeria and with the UNESCO in Paris, 1986-87. His solo shows during this period were Owerri, 1979; Enegu, Lagos and Port Harcourt, 1986. Amitabh is the recipient of the All India Award in Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkota and President’s Award from AIFACS 1975. He is also the Founder President of Art Trust, Kolkota. He has exhibited extensively in groups around the world in the last 20 years, notably in the Far East, Europe, Africa and US. His works are represented in various major collections around the world. Besides painting he also wor s in digital graphics and ideo art. e also writes ma es short lms & and researches subjects of his interest.

Asma Menon (b. 1961)

Asma was born in Chennai, obtained her BSC, Visual Communication from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai, 1983 and her MA (Fine Arts) in 2001. She has shown her works in many group shows, some of which are The Living Wall, 246

British Council, Chennai, 2001; Genesis Art Foundation, Chennai, 2000; Prithvi Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1999; Max Muller Bhavan, Chennai, 1994; Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, 1980. Asma has shown in International exhibitions, including the International Biennial of Mini –Prints, Barcelona, Spain, 2005; Exhibition of Indian Art at Austin, Texas, International Print Triennial, Kanagawa, Japan; International Graphic Triennial Bitola, 2001; International Biennial of Prints, Republic of Macedonia, 2000; International Triennial of Prints , Egypt, 1999; Mini Triennial Of Prints, Poland, 1997. She also participated in the Poster & Invitation Design, a collection of short plays, for Mithran Devanasan, Chennai, 2005 and Christies Auction for W.I.S.E. Women Artists of India, Mumbai, 1999. When she is not painting, Asma a substitute art teacher at the American International School, Chennai since 2004 and has also held successful workshops for children. Asma has been awarded the Women Achievers Award, National Publicity Project, 2002. Her works are in many private and public collections. Asma Menon lives and works in Chennai, India.

Dhiraj Choudhury (b. 1936)

Dhiraj studied at the Government Art College, Kolkata and a National Diploma in Art, Delhi Polytechnic (New College of Art), New Delhi. With a solid grounding in s etching he has recei ed 5 awards and certi cates for creati e wor including the National Award. he proli c artist has had more than solo e hi itions in ndia o er solo exhibitions in France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, the USA and Singapore, and has participated in several national and international group exhibitions in India and abroad. He has participated in group exhibitions with Miro and Dali in 1979. Dhiraj has been associated with Cultural Painters, Society of Contemporary Artists, AIFACS, Artists Forum, founded the Group “Line”, Quarter Artists, Sketching Club and Gallery 26.

J.Vasanth (b. 1986)

With a B.F.A. (Sculpture) (From Govt. Fine Arts College. Chennai, Vasamnth is a tirelessly creati e sculptor with erce energy. e has e hi ited among others at: Fresco Paintings Exhibition in Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai, 2007-2008; Sculptures and Paintings Museum Objects Conservation Exhibition in Government museum, Chennai, 2007-2008; 34th Pallava group show ,Lalit Kala Akademi (Chennai), 2009; 12th All India Art Contest Exhibition, Luknow (U.P), 2010; 2nd All India Art Exhibition, 2010; P.O.K.P.N.E (Pondicherry), 2010; 2nd All India Art Expiations Art mall (New Delhi),2010 and Pancha Kerana Group show (c.k.p) Bangalore and 24th All India Art Contest Exhibition, Nagpur. He has participated in the Lalit Kala Akademi National Camp (Jaisalmer), Rajasthan, 2010 and the National Youth Festival Artists Camp, Chennai, 2008. Vasanth has the distinction of being awarded the Best Sculptor award and K. M. Adimoolam Award 2009 at the Pallava Group Show, Lalit kala Akademi (Chennai). His work is to be found in many collections, private as well as at Art Mall, New Delhi, Gallery Art World, Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow & New Delhi, Prakrit Art Gallery Chennai, The Faraway Tree Art Gallery, Chennai, Maya Art Gallery, Bangalore and many galleries in India and abroad.

S. Nandagopal (b. 1946)

Nandagopal’s sculptures have a whimsical, but solid quality about them, a mixture of opposites that can be seen in their strong roots in traditional motifs that have been transformed into a super-contemporary idiom that is uniquely his own. This difference is the essentially uality of his sculptures. e eral gures ha e een inspired by Hindu mythology and the epics. However, each sculpture creates a new mythology as well as a new form that helps us relate to a culture far removed in time. His powerful, glistening bronze and copper sculptures soar energetically into space. The use of commonplace found objects lends a strangely imaginative ‘today’ quality to the works. Among the very many awards he has been honored with, are the State & National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards - Madras, Calcutta, Kerala and New Delhi; Award of Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta; 13th Middleheim Open-Air Sculpture exhibition, Antwerp, Belgium; Gold Medal at the IVth International Triennale, New Delhi;


Homi Bhabha Fellowship, British Council Travel Grant; Travelling exhibition of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Tehran, Moscow and East European countries; Indian section at the Fukuoka Museum, Japan; I.C.C.R. Travel Grant to Yugoslavia. He was nominated by the Government of India to serve as advisor and on the purchase committee of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; executed a 20 foot high sculpture in stainless steel for Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai, for the NCPA; has featured in many books; and has exhibited extensively. In 2010, Nandagopal was elected as one of the nine eminent artists of the country by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

Prakash Karmakar (b. 1933)

ro ash arma ar con rms in his wor s the rich inheritance of ndian art and the dynamic spirit of the modern age. Prokash was a founder member of both the Society of Contemporary Artists and the Calcutta Painters. He has been actively associated with most of the promotional activities concerning art in Bengal and was also a founder member of Calcutta Art Fair. Prokash’s father Prohlad Karmakar, a pioneer of modern printing in India, died early leaving Prokash to fend for himself. In 1968 Prokash get an Academy Award of a Fellowship which took him to Paris. He gradually achieved in his style a rich and original aesthetic fusion from Eastern and Western art while retaining in every on his strokes the authentic stamp of his individuality. His paintings have been acquired for their collection by the Modern Art Gallery, New Delhi, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, Allahavad Museum, Allahabad, U.P., Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow, U.P., Art Heritage of India, New Delhi, and by many governments and private collections throughout the world.

R.B. Bhaskaran (b. 1942)

Born in Chennai, Bhaskaran studied advanced painting at the College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai and trained in fresco techniques at Bhanasthali Vidyapith College in Rajasthan. He also studied intaglio printmaking and ceramics at Ein Hod in Israel on a UNESCO scholarship and completed post graduate studies at Portmouth Polytechnic in the UK. He has held several solo as well as group shows in India, Israel, UK and Holland. Bhaskaran has won the National Award in 1983, among many other awards and recognitions. He has travelled and worked in Israel, USA, UK and Holland. Seriously involved in art institutional activities he has served as the Secretary, Regional Centre, LKA, South India and the Principal, Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. His works are in several private and public collections around the world.

R.B. Murari (b. 1978)

R. B. Murari comes from a family of seminal artists who had made a dent in the development of modernity within the Madras Art Movement in the early 60s. Murari is the grandson of Professor S. Dhanapal the sculptor and son of the artist Professor R.B. Bhasakaran. Growing up in a family that has nurtured art and hence the creative talents, Murari’s art education commenced at the feet of his grandfather who taught him the rudiments of drawing. Murari’s works, explores a subconscious realm without reference to the outside world. His abstractions are located within a subliminal paradigm which is within the artist and his experiences, signifying layers of concealed emotions which communicate silently to his canvases. Those silent words are audible only to the artist and remain i rantly charged as they nd a release from his inner eing. Abstraction affords Murari the freedom to present his ideas without being constrained to what he visually perceives and allows an articulate play with abstract ideas of colour and form.

Rabin Mondal (b. 1932)

Rabin Mondal,was born in Kolkata, and graduated with Diploma in Fine Arts from the idyasagar rt chool. is wor s were rst displayed in 55 as part of a group e hi ition along with other leading artists of engal school. e held his rst solo exhibition in 1961 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. Mondal’s works are mainly gurati e. The industrial belt of Howrah, with its inherent tendency towards violence, anguish and suffering influenced him deeply and found its way into his wor s. o

did ugly street battles fought by political parties. Mondal discovered that his artistic temperament was out of keeping with the hostile environment and situation. Besides a debilitating knee injury in his childhood created a sense of isolation in the artist which also nds e pression in his can as. He is based in Howrah, Kolkata, from where he began his artistic career.

M. Senathipathi (b. 1939)

M. Senathipathi was born in Chennai and received his Diploma in Drawing and ainting from the o ernment ollege of rts and rafts hennai in 5. n 1988 he received a British Council grant to travel to London, France, Holland, Belgium and West Germany. Drawing on the imagery and oral tradition of the epic stories, fables and Hindu mythologies related to him as a child, Senathipathi developed his highly impressionable and distinctive style and content. Senathipathi’s art is one built on fluid lyrical line rilliant and wisely choreographed colour and dense pattern. e recalls his fascination with the colourful pictures and icons in his parents’ prayer room. A founding member of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, style is no doubt inspired in part by his early teachers, K.C.S. Paniker. The artist lives and works in Chennai.

Tapas Ghosal (b. 1965)

Tapas graduated in Painting with a First Class First from Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, 1989; and post graduate in Painting from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi (First Class). is aranasi wor s reflect a temporal and spiritual dimension. he pastel shaded images are semblances of an isolated image of what the artist perceives beneath the bustling activities there. His current series of paintings create meditative structural spaces, melancholic in nature which enter into the inner realm of reality and extract a kind of mystic, melodic silence. apas’ solo shows include he entre rt allery ol ata rt allery Varanasi, Art ‘N’ Soul, New Delhi; he has participated in several group shows like All India Annual Art Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Autumnal Applause, presented by Gallery Katayun, Kolkata, “Tradition and Paradigm” presented by Oncidiem Art Gallery. He has been awarded for Best Exhibit in Drawing from West Bengal State Govt, Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Award, Kolkata, Gold Plaque for Best Exhibit, 2nd All India Art Exhibition, Varanasi. His collections are in Corporate and Private Collections in India, USA, Dubai and UK.

Ashaara Amit Pasricha (b. 1966)

Amit Pasrishcha was born in New Delhi into a family of photographers. He attended St. Stephens’s College, Delhi and later went on to study at Maine Photographic Workshops and studied with Bill Allard, Jody Cobb, Steve McCurry, Mary Ellen Mark. He has since photographed for numerous national magazines in India and worked with various Indian state tourism departments. He has exhibited in various exhibitions in both India and abroad. His work has also been compiled into a multitude of book projects.

Arvind Hoon (b.1962)

Arving Hoon started taking photographs with a Click III camera presented to him on his 11th birthday in an era when black & white 120 was the format of the day. Two paradigm shifts in the early 2000s prompted Arvind to explore the ‘photography’ space more intensively. First, his switch to ‘consulting’ from employment provided Arvind with the time and space to follow his photography dreams, and become ‘a photographer at large’. Second, with the advent of the ‘digital image, life became simpler. Though the ‘post processing’ dependence and manipulation made the purist in him uncomfortable, he soon learned to employ the ‘digital tools’ to enhance his ‘point of view’. is wor is eclectic a stracts deri ed from nature and the street a touch of reality saturation extracted from people & places. His work is showcased across several galleries in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon and Chandigarh. 247


Arvind has exhibited at : Naturalle Expressions (IndiPix Gallery, New Delhi) August 2009; Wide Angle (Galerie Romain Roland, Alliance Fraincaise, New Delhi) - Oct 2009; and Eclicktic Expressions – Citi Bank, Chandigarh & Ludhiana – August 2010

Brian Potts (b.1954)

Brian Potts is a photographer/artist from Melbourne, Australia. He completed a BA in Fine Art (photography) at VCA in 1983 and a Graduate Diploma of Tertiary Education (Hawthorn Institute ) in1989. He has completed several workshops in photography, painting and printmaking. Brian taught at Photography Studies College,Melbourne, for 20 years and Light and Life Academy, India, for 2 years now. His commercial work has appeared in major fashion and advertising publications such as Vogue, Belle and Mode. The past ten years has seen him return to his love of Fine Art. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions (Gallery 41, Alchemy Gallery, La Camera, Linden Gallery, Upstairs Gallery and Kerala Gallery). His images are in private and public institution collections in Australia, England and the USA. Brian is currently in India, working on a new series titled ‘The Journeymen’.

Hajra Ahmad (b. 1985)

Hajra Ahmed’s work consists of the mundane everyday objects around us that make our world; objects or images that we see but do not register because they are always there, they don’t take us by surprise. Having traveled extensively since a young age he has been fortunate to interact with various cultures and develop an understanding of varied personalities. His style of telling a story through images ta en at different places may at rst appear disconnected ut the inherent similarity underlying the images connects them up to make an integral whole, a complete story.

Madhavan Palanisamy (b. 1975)

‘Everything in its right place’ is the graceful meeting point of nature and man. We are at war with nature on the one hand, destroying it for our transitory security and convenience. On the other hand, we can see nature and man creating interesting pictures, proving that harmony is possible. Nature is the canvas on which man paints his little masterpiece. This series examines our relationship with our environment and contemplates how we could keep this going without destroying the order and harmony. Madhavan Palanisamy (Madhav) spent more than 10 years in advertising before moving on to pursue photography. His work explores the possibility of escaping from the routine to access something beautiful and personal.

Nandini Valli (b.1976)

Nandini Valli was raised in Chennai where she continues to live. She completed se eral degrees efore entering the eld of photography. fter an month apprenticeship with a leading commercial photographer in Chennai, Nandini decided to pursue a B.A Honours in Photography from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, UK (now known as the Arts University College Bournemouth). This is where she realized she was more suited to producing art photography as opposed to commercial photography. er wor s are influenced y photographers as di erse as regory rewdson Tina Barney, Jonathan Torgovnik, Raja Deen Dayal, Bourne&Shepard, to name a few. Nandini has been showing her work publicly since 2007 and is currently represented by Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai.

Nicolas Chorier (b. 1962)

Nicolas Chorier is a professional photographer specializing in Kite Aerial Photography, the only real eco-friendly aerial photography, for 14 years now. Specially designed for photography, his kites lift professional still cameras, or HD video cameras, depending on the application. The camera is mounted on a small cradle, hung on the line under the kite. The cradle is fully controlled by radioremote and can be aimed in any direction. A video link air-to-ground sends a signal which provides real-time monitoring on a portable TV screen, for accurate framing and composition. Easy to set, non-polluting and non-intrusive, it’s possible to have the kite hover stationary over a site for a few hours, thus offering the guarantee of a successful 248

high-quality job. The kites’ precision and potential provide an exciting, cost effective, and innovative solution for any type of aerial capture, from the ground or from a boat in motion, like tracking smoking vessels or wild life, as well as coastal survey. It’s the simplest way to carry an aerial platform anywhere in the world, with no hassles due to administration procedures, energy logistics… The camera can be lifted up to 250 meters, even though low altitudes are often more interesting. His images stand testimony.

Prashant Panjiar (b. 1957)

Prashant Panjiar is indisputably one of India’s best known photographers, and certainly among its most erudite and articulate. A post-graduate in Political Science from Pune University, India, he worked on photographic projects focusing on peasant movements and other social issues through his college and university days. is rst self nanced pro ect that recei ed pu lic acclaim was his wor for a book on banditry in the Chambal region of Central India. Prashant has worked for India’s two leading magazines, India Today and Outlook, where he brought a rare editorial streak to photography. A frequent India contributor to Time magazine, Prashant now runs his own syndication rm i ewire mages. n 2 he held his acclaimed photo e hi ition ‘ ings & ommoners’ and in 2 pu lished ndia he e niti e mages (Penguin).

Pushpamala N. (b. 1956)

Pushpamala attended Bangalore University in 1976-77, studied Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, and completed her Bachelors and then her Masters degree in 1985. The artist is known for incorporating popular culture into her work. She has adopted various popular personas and ironic roles to examine issues of gender, place and history. The comic aspect of her work carries a particularly sharp edge in her photo-based installations and projections. Her major solo shows recently have been Motherland, live performance in collaboration with Mamta Sagar, Samuha Artist Collective, Bengaluru, 2010; Paris Autumn, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai; Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, USA and Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2008-2009; Pushpamala N, photo-performance work, Nature Morte and Bose Pacia, Milan; Paris Autumn, Galerie Zurcher, Paris, 2006, and Walsh Gallery, Chicago, 2003, among others. Her international exhibitions include: ‘Seven Young Sculptors’ Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi (1985); ‘Timeless Art’, Times of India (V.T.Station, Mumbai); ‘100 Years of NGMA’ National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (1995); ‘Telling Tales’ Bath Festival Trust, traveling exhibition, England (1997); The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010; Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2009. Pushpamala has received many honors, including the National Award (1984); gold medal at the Sixth New Delhi Triennale (1986); Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship for residency at St. Martin’s School of Art, London (1992-93); the Senior Fellowship, Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (1995-97). She lives and works in Bangalore.

Raghu Rai (b.1942)

Born in Jhhang, now part of Pakistan Raghu Rai’s career in photography started in the year 1965, a year after he began to work for the prestigious New Delhi daily publication, the Statesman. In 1976, Rai left the newspaper and worked as a freelance photographer for the next six years. From 1982 – 1992, Rai served as the Director of Photography for the newsmagazine India Today. He has also served on the jury for World Press Photo award three times. Over the years Rai’s work has also been featured in several solo shows around the world, including those at Casa Asia, Barcelona, in 2008; ‘The Journey of a Moment in Time: Raghu Rai’ at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Mumbai, in 2008; ‘Just By The Way: Rocks, Clouds and Nudes’ at the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, in 2007; ‘India’ at Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini, Rome, in 2005; ‘Bhopal 1984 – 2004’ at Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam, in 2005; and ‘Oriented’ at oto ra a esti al nterna ionale di oma organi ed y the omune di oma also in 2005. Amongst his most recent group endeavors are ‘CLICK ! Contemporary


Photography in India’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008; ‘Namesake / Inspiration’ at Sepia International, New York, in 2007; and ‘Indianscope: L’Inde intemporelle dans l’Inde d’aujourd’hui’ at the Maison de la Photographi, France, also in 2007.

Rohit Sabu (b.1989)

Born in Chennai, Rohit graduated from the Madras University majoring in Visual Communication in 2010. As an introverted child he would often take refuge behind the safety of the camera, volunteering his services to every family Kodakmoment he was too shy to partake in. A self-taught photographer now, Rohit spends his time mesmerized by the human condition as he uses his camera to explore philosophical concepts dealing with the self, the people around him and the beauty of geometry and paradox. He believes in a photography that spans far eyond the star nitude of the can as and his wor deals with the a ility of the mind to construct a fluid metaphysical reality around the erita le perfection of a photograph that has trapped time.

Roy Sinai (b. 1965)

Eighteen years into corporate life, Roy took a sabbatical ostensibly for three months, when he picked up a camera and took courses at the International Center for Photography in New York. He did not return to his desk job. Since then, he has traveled and shot thousands of photographs and put his eye to a variety of themes –portraiture, architecture, travel and product photography. Roy has a unique sensibility for color and form and shoots from the heart. oy had his rst solo show in ew elhi titled eturn to entre at the isual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in 2009. He has also exhibited in the group shows ndia ocumented in engaluru at ity in 2 and y at pparao alleries in hennai in 2 . e is ased in engaluru. is other exhibitions include: Bhasha/Language - group show - April 2008 at Stainless Gallery (curated by Dr. Alka Pande ); India Innings Experimenta(L), The Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam; Group show - November 2008, curated by Shai Heredia, Festival of India, Amsterdam; Oasis of Silence - group show - Experimental Gallery, India Habitat Centre, outcome from workshop with Beat Presser, Swiss Photographer, November 2008.

Varun Gupta (b. 1982)

Born in Calcutta to a family of travelers, Varun was exposed to rock-climbing, trekking and the towering beauty of the Himalayas at a very young age.As a natural extension of his travels, at age eight he took to the camera to document what he saw. few hundred rolls of lm later his ourney continued through a achelor of Arts degree from College of Wooster in Ohio, a job as an animator in New York, and a diploma in Photography from Light & Life Academy in Ooty. Based out of Chennai, he works as a freelance professional photographer undertaking assignments in architecture, portraiture, fashion and advertising. His hunger for making images remains a constant in his life, blurring the lines between wor and play. is personal wor a reflection of his nomadic e istence e ol es with steady progress in its artistic expression. Galleries in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Pondicherry have shown his photographs. In Search of Solitude, his third body of work to be exhibited, is the product of a two-year quest to reconcile his urban self and the man he becomes when surrounded by nature.

Waswo X. Waswo

Born in the U.S.A., Waswo studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Center for Photography, and Studio Marangoni, The Centre for Contemporary Photography in Florence, Italy. His solo exhibitions include A Studio in Rajasthan, Coromandel Art Gallery, Pondicherry, India (2009); A Studio in Rajasthan, Galleria Joyce and Co., Genoa, Italy (2009); A Studio in Rajasthan (collaborations) Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi (2009) and Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin (2008); Waswo X. Waswo: Photographs, Leenaers Verloop, Amsterdam (2007); India Poems: Photographs by Waswo X. Waswo, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee (2007); India Poems: The Photographs, Kashi Art Café, Cochin (2007); India Poems: The Photographs, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006); Photographs by Waswo X. Waswo, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006); India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Sri Lanka (2003); India Poems:The Photographs of

Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Kandy, Sri Lanka (2003); India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Colombo (2003); India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Goa, Panjim (2003); Waswo X. Waswo: Photographs, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha (2002). His book, India Poems: The Photographs, published by Gallerie Publishers in 2006, has been available worldwide. The artist has made his home in Udaipur, a asthan for the past e years. here he colla orates with a ariety of local artists including the photo hand-colourist Rajesh Soni. He has also produced a series of autobiographical miniature paintings in collaboration with the artist R. Vijay. Waswo is represented in India by Gallerie Espace, New Delhi, and Serindia Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand

Yannick Cormier (b. 1975)

Yannick Cormier was born in France. In the early 2000s he worked in the studio Astre in Paris parallel to his photographic studies in CIFAP. After years of working as an assistant for Patrick Swirc, William Klein and others, he began a career as a documentary photographer. From 2003 to 2005 he teamed up with the agency Wostokpress and was sent to India as a correspondent. In 2007 he founded the agency ri aya hotos in ndia. ince 2 he wor ed on the conflict in the region of Kashmir and the problem of drug addiction in Kolkata. His photography is an aesthetic testament of traditions that are endangered in modern India. These images have been published in various international magazines (OjodePez, Courrier international).

Ashvita Abraham George (b. 1984)

Abraham did his B.Sc. in Visual communication, Loyola College, Chennai, and then Visual design & Fine art at Julius Macwan Institute of Art, in 2004. George currently works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in Chennai. He has earlier worked as a freelance illustrator in Chennai, working on a series of projects for clients of J Walter Thompson, interned at Idiom Design and consultancy a Design Firm in Bangalore, focusing on retail design, and assisted Prof. Raja Mohanty of Industrial Design Centre, IIT Powai, Mumbai in creating 2 animation shorts for children. Later, as Media Manager & Graphic Designer Hidesign, Puducherry, he conceptualized, created and managed print communication. Since 2007 he has been working as a freelance designer and illustrator. Some of my work has included: Design for Taxxi, a designer boutique in Mumbai - contemporary, urban, quirky and Indian designs for fashion products and accessories; Graphic design and advertisement work for The Checkers Hotel, a business hotel in Chennai; Illustrations for a series of children’s books for Sheila Dhir; and designs for fashion accessories for Theodorus Pampoukas, a Greek designer and businessman, primarily for belt buckles and leather jackets.

Benita Perciyal (b. 1978)

Benita completed her MFA from the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai, in 2002 in painting and printmaking. A talented young artist whose skill and imagination is at once striking and impressi e she descri es her own art as ‘self refle i e introspecti e and thought provoking’ ; they often surprise her, shock her and then, consequently, inspire her to create other wor . he conflict and fragility of the mind is a constant theme that pervades her oeuvre. The mediums however vary drastically, from the more sombre monochrome etching to wax and plaster casting, from acrylic painting to installations involving discarded dolls and tea decoction. Within the silhouette of Perciyal’s head and shoulders, a recurring motif in her work, we perforce peer into the most unsettled, alienated, confused and frustrated truths within us. We desperately want to turn away to not face up to what is being delineated about our deepest fears and truths, but Perciyal’s art is too brutal in its honesty and deft execution to let us escape. She has received many awards and has participated in international exhibits. She now lives and works in Chennai. 249


C. Douglas (b.1951)

This Diploma holder in Painting from the Govt.College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai(1976), is a quiet phenomenon. He has held many solo shows in Germany, Netherlands and India. He has also participated in prominent group shows in India including VII Triennale, Germany, France, Netherlands, London, Peru and Sweden. He is the recipient of the National Award 1992, Bharat Bhavan Biennale award 1990, Govt. of India Cultural Fellowships (both junior and senior), Charles Wallace Trust grant and UNESCO grant, both of these in 1994. His works are in the collection of Glenbarra Art Museum Japan and NGMA New Delhi.

C. Krishnaswamy (b. 1973)

Krishnaswamy is a graduate of the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai. He completed his BFA and MFA in Painting. This talented young artist from Chennai is prodigious in his output, is ideas-driven, and has had several shows in India. His current series of work is inspired by Yoga. This series titled ‘Kundalini Rising’ is created by performing yoga on painted canvas. One of the most sought-after young artists today, his work can be found in many collections. He presently lives and works in Chennai.

K. K. Raghava (b. 1980)

Seen as one of India’s most successful emerging artists, Raghava’s dreamlike watercolors on canvas, painted with his hands and feet, are hosted by prominent galleries throughout India and abroad. Starting as a cartoonist with Indian national dailies, he reinvented himself to use se eral different mediums as widely disparate as painting installation lm and performance. Recipient of grants such as one from the Robin Hood Foundation and another from the American India Foundation, Raghava was most recently invited as a guest by the city of Nimes, France to exhibit his works at the Carre d’Art Musee d’Art Contemporain. Raghava’s work conceptually grapples with issues of sexuality and the construct of identity in contemporary society. He has lectured at several art institutes and has had several solo. Spontaneity has probably been the hallmark of his work thus far, but with his new series of paintings Raghava embarks on a new path. Some of his latest paintings are totally preconceived, employing a new visual vocabulary where he has invoked the muses and made them central to his wor . e represents a uni ue gure in contemporary art, who expresses the spirit of today’s globalized world. Raghava presently shuttles between his studios in Bangalore and Boston.

R. Magesh (b.1987)

Magesh is currently a student of the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. He is currently doing his BFA in Painting. A young and talented artist, he is an active participant in contemporary Indian art. is ideas and isions are deri ed from his culture and he uses these influences to give direction to his works. At such a young age, he has already participated in several art workshops around the country. He lives and works in Chennai.

S.Yuvaraj (b.1978)

With a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai, hennai u ra em ar ec on a li ely producti e career in the ne arts. He has had solo exhibitions at Ashvita Art Object & Artifacts, Chennai in 2007, and earlier at Artistic Art Gallery, Chennai, in 2005. Yuvraj has also participated in a number of Group Exhibitions, namely, in: 2007 – The Art of Investment by Ashvita Art Object & Artifacts, Coimbatore 2006 – Tamilnadu Oviya Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai 2004 – Artistic Art Gallery, Chennai 2003 – Elementary Thoughts- Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai 2002 – Thumb & Four Fingers, Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai His undeniable skill and artistic vision has been recognized with the 48th National Award, Chennai, in 2006.

Yuvaraj Vivek (b. 1978)

Yuvaraj Vivek is one of the most talented photographers in the world of Fine Art today. His works are derived from forms in nature. He has combined his 250

photography skills with his artistry to create a visually mesmerizing body of works. His current series titled “Lady Nature” created visual illusions from a juxtaposed organic form.Yuvaraj Vivek is a grauate of The Light & Life Academy, Ooty

Athreyaa Athiveera Pandian (b. 1966)

thi eera andian nished his iploma in ine rts in and aster of ine Arts in 2000, from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai. Beginning with gurati e art he uic ly mo ed towards a straction when he felt the magnetism of pure color and a stract forms. e has a de nite e pressionist style to his painterly brushwork. HIS TECHNIQUE IS COMPELLING – POWERFUL Colors dripping and sliding, forceful stro es dense layers. he mirage of a fluid world with colors falling vertically and mixing with other colors actually refers to the solid world of nature. here are hardly any identi a le forms in his acrylics that are treated li e watercolours and oils. Shapes and forms begin to echo foliage, rock formations and soil movement.The abstract series titled “Towards Nature” has paintings burst with energy, movement, color and exuberance. ragmented images flow through his rush as uni ue colors flow into the can as creating abstractions of life around him, a metaphor for the complexity of the life that we wade through. Much exhibited in Noble sage gallery, London; Apparao Galleries, Chennai and New Delhi; Sun Et Lumiere, Mumbai; All India Research Painting Exhibition, New Delhi; National Exhibition of Arts, Lucknow – Athiveerapandian has received the Tamil Nadu State Academy Award,1997; Regional Lalit Kala Academi Award for Painting 1992; and the Tamil Nadu Oviam Nunkalai Kuzhu State Award, 1990-92.

G. Gurunathan (b. 1981)

With an M.F.A in Painting from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai in 2009, Gurunathan has shown his prodigious work at many exhibitions, some of them being, Present in the past, group exhibition at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai2010; Sign, group exhibition at Alliance Francis Gallery, Pondicherry; Group exhibition by Concern India Foundation at Bangalore; Kinetics- Tracing New Horizons, group exhibition at Chitra Kala Parishad, 2009; Madras Canvas III and II at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai; Between the lines, group exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai; Group exhibition at Prakrit Arts Gallery, Chennai; Delight of the shades at Aurovile, Pondicherry;The South group exhibition organized by Apparao Gallery, Delhi; Expression Stic Elucidation group show at Apparao Gallery, Chennai 2008; Kinetics group exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai; Working Indian Artist from Lalit Kala Academy at Graphics Atelior Cumberland, USA 2007; Chaparral, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010;Apparao Galleries, Chennai 2008; and College of Fine Arts 2005. Gurunathan has participated in many camps, and been much felicitated - State Award by State L.KA , 2003 Chennai; Anna University Cash Award 2004 Chennai; apart from his rst the est tudent ward y . . . hennai 2 .

M. S. Murthy (b. 1960)

With a Diploma in Drawing, Painting and Modelling in 1982, Murthy has participated in many State, National and International exhibitions and is a recipient of prestigious awards at the national and international levels and has a score of solo exhibitions to his credit. He has a doctorate D. Litt from Hampi University, Karnataka, for his work on “Pictures of Child Mind”. He has researched in Rural India for the doctoral thesis. He has presented several research papers and conducted various workshops. is rst oo in annada titled esi agu ollections of ssays 2 has recei ed the arnata a ahitya cademy ward and his rst play in annada ‘Yasshodhare Malagiralilla’ based on Buddha’s Philosophy -2007, was adjudged as the best regional play by AIR, Bangalore. Iran academy of Arts has honored him with a Biennale International Award for his work titled ‘The Light’ in 2003. He is also a recipient of Rajyostava Award, o ernment of arnata a in 2 for his contri utions in the eld of art. is work is in the permanent collections at National Gallery of Modern Art, New


Delhi and with many art collectors across India and Abroad. Presently, he lives and works in Bangalore.

Prasanna Kumar K.M. (b. 1982)

Prasanna’s art education was an M.F.A. in painting in 2006 from the Mysore University, Mysore. Watercolors, acrylics, landscapes and portraits are his metier. He has attended workshops at Lalit Kala Akademi young artist landscape and portrait camp, Dharwad, 2001; Shankar Patil young artist art camp,Davanagere, 2002; Young artist art festival inTumkur,2002; State level young artist painting camp, Hosadurga, 2003; Lalit Kala Akademi young artist workshop,Davanagere2003; Water colour and acrylic painting workshop organized by Architecture and Fashion design centre, Mysore, 2005; Water color and Acrylic painter workshop at Indu Art and frame, Mumbai, 2007 and AMBA CEEIC Art cultural workshop, Bangalore, 2010. Prasanna has exhibited at Kaliyuga Rekegalu, Davanagere-1999; Mystic Frames, Mural and Painting, Davanagere-2002; Chithra Kalamela, Bangaore-2003 and CAVA Mela Mysore, 2005 & 2006. His solo show of watercolor landscape paintings at Lakshana Art Gallery, Bangalore, 2008 excited positive responses. He has also exhibited at Chithra Kala Parishad, Bangalore, Lakshana art gallery,Bangaore, Indu art & frame, Mumbai and Gallery Time & Space, Bangalore. His work is in collections in India and abroad.

P. Suresh Kumar (b.1973)

Suresh did his B. F.A. in Painting, 1995 from Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai, and an M. F. A. in Painting in 1998 from Hyderabad Central University. A brilliant student, he won Best Student of the Year Award 1997, at Central University Of Hyderabad, and the Hyderabad Art Society Scholarship in 1998. Suresh feels that the progress of every Artist can be seen in the way in which he achieves simplicity. The reason he chose the abstract form of art is because of a transitory moment that strikes him as he works. Profoundly inspired by colors and then forms, textures, volumes in nature that he sees all around him, Suresh believes the conscious mind always con nes an artist not allowing him to understand the higher level of art. He pays attention to his inner vision and has been overwhelmed by the spirit that he gains in the process of working. He normally starts with some images and in the process the image often vanishes on its own accord, but sometimes it remains. He loves to capture the spirit, but has hardly succeeded, because it is only momentary. Widely exhibited all over India, Suresh remains unfazed by the fame and success art has brought him. He always longs for the moment which is momentary.

Raju M. Durshettiwar (b.1963)

R. Durshettiwar has a degree in the Fine Arts(Applied) BFA, from Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur. In search of some new experiences, he went to Cholamandal Artist village, Chennai. There he started growing and developing his painting sensibilities. He worked on Window, an abstract expression of feeling and experience. This lead to evolution in architectural forms. He found it very fascinating to express the play of light on architectural forms. His works are largely lightscapes through windows in nite and architectural forms. olors are the most fascinating aspect of these works. He has won a Junior Research Fellowship in 2001 and a Senior Research Fellowship in 2010, both in Visual Arts – Painting from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. He is a member of Progressive Painters Association – PPA, Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai. Raju has participated in various camps, workshops and auctions. He has had solo shows at Chennai, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Mumbai and Goa; group shows all over the south of India, Mumbai and Malaysia. Among his many international shows are Genkan Gallery,Tokyo, Japan, 2000; KRI at Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong,2005; Landhuis Bloemhof, Curacao, Caribbean Island, 2004; “Madras Canvas” at Kula Lumpur in 2010 and Size - S, Show at Neharu Art centre, London.

Ayya Art Gallery Chippa Sudhakar (b. 1967)

Chippa Sudhakar did his Diploma in Fine Arts, JNT University, Hyderabad in 1987 and his Post Diploma in Printmaking from M S University, Baroda in 1990. He executes his fantasies on wood, combining the art of laying color, with that of carving. His childhood in rural areas and his farmhouse studio in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, have imparted his paintings with a distinct folk art feel. Primarily based on the intricate relationship patterns between men and women, Sudhakar’s paintings attempt to explore the nuances of these subtle links. Another of his favorite subjects is a dream; water too is another ever-present factor rain streams oats and sh. ecause of the nature of the material he wor s with, Sudhakar uses natural colors whenever possible. Metals, such as copper attached with wires, provide a contrasting element of color as well as texture. He has been honored with the Bombay Art Society Award, 1993, Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers, London, the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Award, Bangalore, 1993, and the award of the Hyderabad Art Society, 1994. He participated in the National Print Exhibition, and the Drawing Exhibition, at the Bank Side Gallery, both in London, in 1995. He has also exhibited in several cities of India, attended many camps and won scholarships and awards galore.

Fawad Tamkanat (b. 1962)

Born in a poet’s family, Fawad acquired a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts after graduating in Commerce. A brilliant student, he won the University Gold Medals in both B.F.A. and M.F.A., Central University, Hyderabad, India. Fawad has held fourteen solo shows and about seventy group shows all over India and abroad. Some of his solo shows were at - Kirsten Kjaers Museum, Denmark 2001; Gallery Paialeh, Copenhagen, Denmark 2001; Cobra Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 1995;Vingsted Center, Denmark 1996 and 1999;Tao Art Gallery, Bombay 2000; Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay 2001; Gallery Espace, New Delhi 1992; Lalit Kala Academy Madras & New Delhi 1997; Minaz Art Gallery, Hyderabad 1999; ABC Gallery, Banaras 1995. Some of his group shows are “Four Indian Artists, New York 1994; Colors of India, Birla Life Style, Los Angeles, New York 2006/2007, Crosscurrents and Moods, 15 shows in India and Denmark 2002 2003; Mapping the South , Chennai, Bombay, Hyderabad; High on Hyderabad, 2007; Women in Indian Art, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York, 1995; Tradition to Modernity, Fulda, Germany 2001, Tribute to Picasso, Bombay 2002; The Art as Investment, Vismaya Art Gallery, 2006/2007, Madras, Coimbatore; AUCTION, modern and contemporary Indian art, 2010. He has curated 19 shows, participated in International Installation Workshop TIDE, Denmark 1996, Print making workshops and a residence at Graphic Studio, Kirsten Kjaers Museum, Denmark 2001. His works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Vingsted Center, Denmark; Lalit Kala Akademi, and many public and private collections in India and abroad. His work has been auctioned by Kushi Foundation, Osians, Saffron Art and Bowrings.

L. Munuswamy (b.1927)

With a Diploma in Painting from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, in 1953, Munuswamy became an art instructor there; he studied Graphic Art at Bournemouth U.K, and later became Principal at his college. Much decorated over the years, this senior artist has received Government of India Cultural Scholarship for Research in Painting; Scholarship under Colombo plan to study Graphic Art, Bournemouth UK; National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Tamil Nadu State Academy Award, Madras; Fellowship, Tamil Nadu Ovia Nun Kalai Kuzhu, Madras; Senior Fellowship, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi; Emeritus Fellowship Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi. Munuswamy has participated in many solo & group shows and camps, notably Three Indian Artists organized by the British Council, Madras 1985; Alliance Francaise de Madras, 1985- Retrospective exhibition, The British Deputy High Commission, Madras; 2005- Manifestations III, organized by Delhi Art Gallery, Nehru Centre, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; ; and featured in Contemporary 251


Indian Art Series - L.Munuswamy, published by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. His works are in many collections the world over - National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; State Lalit Kala Academy; Chennai National Art Gallery, Chennai; Bharath Bhavan, Bhopal; Tamil University, Tanjavur; Osian’s Archive & Library Collection, Mumbai; Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, etc.

Ramesh Gorjala (b. 1979)

Ramesh was born in the temple town of Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh. Thjis perhaps influenced the character of his largely mythology ased wor featuring pantheons of ndian ods and oddesses with a traditional ndian setting. achelor of ine rts ainting awaharlal echnological ni ersity Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, he works with a delicate and intricate technique, using a palette dominated y gold and red. is su ects mainly gods goddesses and mythical forms are all painted with attention to detail. is multiple images are sometimes rought together y fragments of te t usually in the ac ground or a chec er oard pattern of lac and shades of white and grey in the ac ground. This adds a fresh dimension to a mostly traditional and spiritual ouvre. or ala’s wor has won him arious awards including the 2 ahatma andhi irth entenary emorial ward from the ictoria echnical nstitute . . . hennai and the 2 2 tate ward from the . . rafts ouncil. is solo shows include ‘ ythological etaphor’ at hawla rt allery ew elhi in 2 ‘ m racing odernity’ at on rt allerie ol ata in 2 . ome of his group shows held at um ai ew elhi aipur hennai angalore and ondon are ‘ lac is eautiful’ and ‘ acred and ecular’ at ndia ine rt um ai 2 & 2 and ‘ oots and hoots n ploration’ organi ed y ahua rt allery at ondon 2 .

Sachin S. Jaltare (b.1969)

achin completed his . . . in from hitra ala aha idyalaya agpur. rue to the chool of rts style his academic realism is intertwined with an a stract e pressionist lineage. is oils on can as ha e intimate portraits of eautiful and delicate girls rendered in a mi ture of con entional poses and a faint note of sensuality. aturalness ies with arti cially e aggerated dainty poses. llustrati e elements merge with the a stract generating a professional and sentimental feel. achin has e hi ited profusely at arious solo and group shows all o er the country and at ingapore. is awards & achie ements are also aplenty. onsecuti e awards at the nnual hi ition of agpur for 5 years participation in many art camps including at ydera ad oa angalore including the alar ung useum and he ritish ouncil ydera ad and also in ited for demonstrations y enaissance rt allery hi as egal & ont lanc.

Sadaanandan (b. 1965)

two year rawing & ainting iploma in ine rt speciali ed in erala ural ainting atch of the ur ayoor e aswom ural nstitute where he studied under the tutorship of Shri Mummiyoor Krishnankutti Nair, and an M.F.A painting were the add on uali cations for adaanandan. rom his youth he had always known that he would be a painter. While he was engaged in the restoration and reno ation of ancient murals at the ri admana haswamy emple he was e posed to contemporary art at the ollege of ine rts in ri andrum. is style underwent a diametric change as he reconciled modern technique with traditional artistic styles and themes. e has e hi ited at rith i in um ai and at lan ritha rt allery ydera ad alit ala ademi rt allery hennai allerie anesha ew elhi ymro a rt allery um ai ight ines rt allery angalore and erala alit ala Academy Gallery Trichur & Chennai; and at Concern India Foundation, Mumba & une acienda rt allery um ai many camps ndian rtists roup show at asa e la ndia pain 2 ni . of alladolid m assy of ndia among a profusion of other prestigious galleries and shows. his multi talented artist is also a cartoonist and book illustrator. He has won the All Kerala Creative Artists ssociation’s award for 2 . large num er of pri ate and corporate collections flaunt his wor apart from many murals.

Sridhar Poluru (b. 1968)

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ndhra ni ersity where he distinguished ridhar wor ed at anoria enter for rts

Ahmedabad. e has participated in many group shows and camps a few of them eing roup how organi ed y hmeda ad 2 rt camp and show at iu 2 ehangir rt allery um ai 2 2 o ous alit ala ademi elhi 2 Windows ymro a rt allery um ai reasures of the south and so on. e has also participated in camps li e the th ll ndia art contest conducted y outh entral one cultural center agpur 2 hi ition for arth ua e ictims of Maharashtra Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; Workshop on Creativity-I.T.C., I.L.T.D. Division, Guntur; and the 6th Rashtriya Kala Mela-Madras-by Lalit Kala Academy, ew elhi . is solo e hi itions include olo hi ition lame & lower at pparao alleries hennai 2 n wa ening ower at hridharani rt allery ew elhi 2 olo hi ition of paintings at ehru entre um ai 2 olo hi ition of charcoal drawings at ontemporary art gallery hmeda ad 2 and isplay of rawings andhinagar hmeda ad to name ust a few. His work can been collected avidly by many corporates, Galleries, consulates and privatre individuals the world over.

Thota Vaikuntam (b. 1942)

orn in ndhra radesh . ai untam did a iploma in ainting at the ollege of ine rts and rchitecture ydera ad in and then another in ainting and rintma ing from the aculty of ine rts at ahara a aya irao ni ersity aroda in 2. arthy imagery right colors rural am ience and sensi ility all these imbue this veteran artist’s canvases with a unique Indian-ness. Vaikuntam’s roots are in ndhra radesh and he nds his inspiration in the rural areas of the state. uman gures especially elengana women are his fa orite and ery recogni a le subjects. This focus could be because, as a child, he was taken up by the male artists who used to play female characters in the tra elling theatre groups that performed in his illage. e found the women of his illage ery sensuous a uality that he eeps repeatedly to reproduce on can as. is early wor was o ertly se ual in fact. e li es using rich primary colours which gi e a sense of character and depth to his paintings li e reds saffron and orange essentially ndian colours.

holamandal rtists’ illage A. Selvaraj (b. 1943)

inishing his iploma in ine rts course in the ollege of rts and rafts Madras., he went on to become a life member of the Cholamandal Artists illage and held many solo and group shows all o er ndia. e has participated in numerous workshops as well. His works have been appreciated widely and are in the collections of corporates and individuals all over. orn in udiyattam amil adu he is one of the rst set of artists to mo e into holamandal. ecipient of the ward of rogressi e ainters’ ssociation. e has participated in many national wor shops and e hi ited at the ational rt e hi ition ew elhi hree man show in hennai ne man shows in hennai and engaluru Wor shop at andhigramam amil adu Wor shop at ational nstitute of esign hmeda ad u arat multiple tate alit ala ademi annual shows Wor shops and hi itions organi ed y ium un alai u hu hennai Cholamandal Annual shows and One man show at Cholamandal, Chennai.

Akkitham Narayanan (b.1939)

Akkitham Narayanan is a brother of famous Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan am oothiri. e recei ed a iploma in ainting from the o ernment chool of rts and rafts hennai. e then studied at the cole des eau rts aris on a o ernment scholarship. uring he studied monumental art under r. ean ertholle and engra ing under r. ucien outeau. ome of his selected solo e hi itions are as follows 2 allery uala umpur 2 5 alerie ille ieu u ond e o hamoni aris 2 2 alerie & ol iens ar sen ermany 2 space ino entura arges es onesse a utoya allery o yo ollegiale aint ierre le uellier rleans rance hitra oot rt allery ol ata 2 5


Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai; 1978,81,84,88,91 Seibu Gallery, Kyoto, Japan; 1976 Legard Gallery, Paris; 1973, 74, 76, 80, 83, 88 Steintor Verlag Gallery, Germany; 1972 The Gallery, Paris; 1971 Falazik Gallery, Neuenkirchen; 1965 Max Muller Bhavan, Goethe Institute, Chennai. Besides these, Nararayan has participated in numerous Group and Joint exhibitions all over the world in his long and illustrious career. He has won the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award thrice. He is the recipient of the IV International Festival of Painting Award, in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, and was awarded the “K.C.S Paniker Puraskaram” by Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 2009, among other awards and scholarships. Narayanan’s works have been exhibited widely in India and internationally. He lives and works in Paris.

C. Douglas (b.1951)

This Diploma holder in Painting from the Govt.College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai(1976), is a quiet phenomenon. He has held many solo shows in Germany, Netherlands and India. He has also participated in prominent group shows in India including VII Triennale, Germany, France, Netherlands, London, Peru and Sweden. He is the recipient of the National Award 1992, Bharat Bhavan Biennale award 1990, Govt. of India Cultural Fellowships (both junior and senior), Charles Wallace Trust grant and UNESCO grant, both of these in 1994. His works are in the collection of Glenbarra Art Museum Japan and NGMA New Delhi.

K. Jayapala Panicker (1937 - 2003)

A protege of the well-known painter, K.C.S. Panikkar, Jayapala Panikkar was one of the founder members of the Cholamandalam Kalakara Gramam in Tamil Nadu. Modern art was his forte and many of his famous works were Purana based paintings. His painting series,`Parimaanam’ is one of his well-known works and it had won him several awards. Panikkar is a recipient of a long list of awards, including the awards of the Central Lalit Kala Academy, the State Lalitha Kala Academy and the Delhi Lalit Kala Akademi. He had conducted several painting exhibitions both within the country and abroad, including Milan, in Italy, London and Malaysia. He won the special fellowship of the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy in 2001. He also won the award of the Association of Young Artists, Chennai, the Madras Lalitha Kala Academy and the Kolkatta Fine Arts Society. Some of his paintings are collections at the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, and at the National Art Gallery, Chennai. Apart from painting, he was also equally renowned as a sculptor and his metier in this arena was metal sculpture. One of his famous metal sculpture works, `Kundalineeyaam’ stands at the entrance to the Sopanam Kala Kendram, Thiruvananthapuram.

K. S. Gopal (1938)

Gopal completed his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Govt. College of Fine Arts obtaining a First Class, in 1966. He was one of the founder members of the Cholamandal Artists Village, and was among the fore-runners of the new aesthetic in the Art world that drew upon Indian mythology, and used elements from it in a fresh new idiom. Fascinated by Hindu mythological symbols, he used them profusely in his graphics. He was much taken up with their visual richness, their intricacies and their structure rather than their iconographical connotations. Thus, he has incorporated symbols like Om, Chakra, Surya, Swastika, Linga, Sankha,Vrischika,Vrikshs, and Chandra in his works using various styles - etching, aquatint, color intaglio and mixed media. K. S. Gopal has exhibited his paintings and miniatures all over the country. He won various awards. He also attended and contributed his skills in various workshops all over the State. His paintings adorn the walls of many public collections as well private collectors.

K. R. Harie (b. 1941)

Even as a student, K R Harie won the Madras State Award in Textile Design, and exhibited at the All India Art Exhibition, Mysore Dasara Exhibition, Mysore. He went on to complete his Diploma in Applied Arts, Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai in 1966. e was a proli c painter too part in the tate rt hi ition adras tate Lalit Kala Academy; The Progressive Painters Association Exhibition held at the

Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai. All India Exhibition between 1966 and . arie was among the rst artists to mo e into holamandal. Well nown for his painting skills with pen and ink, he went on to win the Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu award. His career highlights include exhibiting at Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad, 1966, All India Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. (’68, `69, `72 and`74); “Contemporary miniatures” in Progressive Painters Association, Chennai and Mumbai, 1972; All India Exhibition of Prints, Group- 08, New Delhi.( also in `73, `74, `76); “Indian Art since the early 40’s- a search for identity” – Cholamandal Gallery,Chennai, 1974; Chitra Kala Parishad, Bengaluru (‘76, `88); “40 Artists” from Chennai, organized by British Council, Chennai, ’78; Cholamandal Artists Group show held in Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, ’82 and being elected Joint Hon. Secretary, Artists Handicrafts Association, Cholamandal Artsists Village, Chennai. (1982, `83 and`95).

K.V. Haridasan (b. 1937)

saw aridasan pass out his iploma in ainting with flying colors from the School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. He was already a player on the art scene, having won the Award of Tamil Nadu Academy in 1964 and participating in the National Exhibition of Art regularly (1964-77). Well known for his oil paintings on canvas, Haridasan was also honored with the Award and Gold medal of Kerala Academy and the Lali Kala Puraskaram Award for Art, Kerala Academy. In 1968-71, he exhibited his ‘Yantra’ series of paintings at The British Council, Chennai and Kumar Gallery, New Delhi. He visited Russia, Germany and France on cultural exchange in 1974, `83 and`88; participated twice in the International Triennale, New Delhi; exhibited ‘Brahmasutra’ series of paintings, New Delhi. (‘76 `78, `81, `92, `94 and `97). He edited rt Trends magazine, and became Professorand later Principal at The College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum, Kerala. Much feted, he exhibited his unique Neo-Tantra works all over the world; was awarded the Senior Fellowship, Department of culture, Government of India, 1992-95; was nominated Eminent Artist Member, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1994; published a book “Intimations on Art, Indian and Western” and also won ‘Lalit Kala Puraskaram’, Award for art, Kerala Academy in 2003.

M. Senathipathi (b.1939)

M. Senathipathi received his Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, in 1965. In 1988 he received a British Council grant to travel to London, France, Holland, Belgium and West Germany. Senathipathi is known for his representations of Indian Gods and Goddesses. Though he leans on Indian mythology for his subjects he infuses them with the spirit of the human by rooting his works in contemporary times. It is this amalgamation of two diverse qualities that creates a sense of drama and infuses the works with a fresh perspective. The artist is also versatile in using metal relief for his subjects. Some of his recent shows include ‘Folklore by M Senathipathi’, Artworld and Sarala’s Art Centre, Chennai; ‘Senathipathi’,Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai; ‘Paintings and Metal Reliefs’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Denhague Museum, Holland;‘Metal elief’s’ he rindlays rt allery hennai ‘ tellar on guration’ presented y Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai;Madras: An Emotion, Chennai; Three Decades of Cholamandal Exhibition, Chennai ; Quayside Gallery, Cambridge Geshire, England; GATE Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland, among others. The artist, who has won many awards, lives and works in Chennai.

K. Muralidharan (b.1954)

An alumnus of the College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai (post Diploma in Painting), K. Muralidharan has over the years evolved a highly individual style of painting. His works are constantly in demand by art galleries and art lovers. He has been awarded multiple grants and scholarships: Govt. of India Cultural Fellowship – Senior; “Guest Artist” Glasgow School, Scotland; “Guest Artist Student” at the Stockholm College of Art, Sweden from Swedish Institute; Lalit Kala Akademi Research Grant; Govt. of India Young Artist Cultural Scholarship in Painting. He is the recipient of the National Award 1994, Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1979 & ’86, Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore and Orissa Lalit Kala 253


Akademi 1987. A participant in numerous art camps including Prof.Paul Lingren’s graphics camp in India and in China, Malaysia and Thailand, he has also held solo shows. Muralidharan has taken part in several prestigious group shows such as VII Triennale India 1991, I & II Bharat Bhavan Biennale 1985/87, National hi itions in ndia and weden and cotland. is paintings nd place in the collections of many important institutions like Lalit Kala Akademi, NGMA and galleries and art lovers.

M.V. Devan (b.1928)

M. V. Devan is a painter, sculptor, writer, and orator. He learned the basics of painting at the Chennai Govt School of Arts and Crafts under the likes of DP Roy houdhary and . . . ani er stalwarts who influenced his life and painting to a large extent. At this time, he came into to contact with M Govindan, who helped in changing his perspective on life and thinking. After working with Mathrubhoomi, he joined ‘Southern Languages Book Trust’ as art consultant. And continued his pursuit of the art with Madras Lalit Kala academy from 1962 to 1968, New Delhi Lalit Kala Academy (66 to 68), FACT (as art consultant from 68 to 72). He was made the Chairman of Kerala Lalit Kala Academy from 74 to 77. During this time, he established an organization called Perunthachan, which dealt with the consultancy in the housing sector. He is also the founder member and present Chairman of Kerala Kalapeedom. He is associated with Navashakti, Gopuram, Sameeksha, Kerala Kavita and Gwala, all of them literary publications. The Collection of Critical Essays Devaspandanam is Devan’s Magnum Opus.

Palaniappan (b.1957)

With a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting and post-Diploma in Industrial Design from the College of Arts, Chennai), he studied advanced Lithography at Tamarind Institute (USA) (1991) and was the Artist in Residence at the Oxford University (1996). He has held several solo exhibitions in India, UK, USA and Holland; taken part in numerous group shows and international shows at home and Singapore, Korea, Syria, Canada, Holland, Mexico, Cuba, the USA, Finland, Taiwan, France, Hawaii, Japan and Spain and visited on grants and scholarships Germany, England, the USA, France and Australia and held workshops in print making on invitation. He has curated many important shows including the ‘Major Trends in Indian Art’ on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of India’s Independence, served as International Commissioner in 1995 and member of the international Jury in 2008 for Bharat Bhavan International Prints Biennale, 1995 and 2008; and was a member of the jury in the National Exhibition of Art, 2008. A recipient of several awards, honors and residencies including the Fulbright Grant, Charles Wallace India Trust grant, International Visitorship Program of USIS, and Senior Fellowship, Govt. of India, he is currently the Regional Secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.

P. Gopinath (b. 1948)

Gopinath obtained a Diploma in Painting from the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai, in 1970, with a First Class. He had already become a member of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village in 1966. He has exhibited at many major venues throughout India and abroad and has participated in many graphic workshops. Some of the Exhibitions he has participated in are ‘Expressions: The Art Within: an exhibition of paintings by contemporary artists’, Kasthuri Srinivasan Art Gallery, Coimbatore, India (2005); ‘Contemporary Artists of South India’, Kuhu’s Gallery, London (2005); Beyond the Horizon’ exhibition by senior artists of Tamil Nadu, Gnani Arts, Singapore (2003); ‘A Contemporary Vision’, Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Chennai (2004); ’36 Years of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village’ Exhibition, Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai (2000); Lalit Kala Akademi Group Show, Gallery Art Centrum, Boda, Glasburk, Sweden (1999); ‘Indiase Moderne Kunst’, Kasteel, Arcen, Holland (1989);VIII Biennel International de Art,Valparaiso, Chile (1987); Indian Council for Cultural Relations Exhibition, Morocco (1985). His honors include Tamil Nadu State Akademi Annual Exhibition Jury membership (2000); Representing India as Commissioner for the International Festival of Painting, France (1990); Nomination as Eminent Artist Member by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1988); State Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (1980). His work is held in a number of individual and corporate collections in India and abroad. 254

P. S. Nandhan (b. 1940)

With a Diploma in Painting and in the advance course with distinctions from the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, in 1968, Nandhan, who was already a life member of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, started his experiments with sculpting in clay, sheet metal, bronze, brick, wood and granite. Nandhan is an exciting personality in the Cholamandal Artists Village. He named his space ‘Thilakam’, meaning the focal point or spot of energy in any living thing. In the Village, Nandhan feels he is the self-sustaining core of all that goes on, creating impressive sculptures and intriguing drawings that inspire the other artists. His ambition is to be an expanding Thilakam - one that is central to the Village, then later Chennai and India, then subsequently, after his death, ’a nucleus of artistry for all the world.’ Honoured with the National Award by the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and Senior Fellowship by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, Nandhan tirelessly creates and has exhibited profusely. To name just a few of his shows: 1976 Taj Coromandel Hotel, Chennai on the occasion of the 25th International Pugwash Conference; 1978 ‘40 Artists of Madras’, organized by the British Council, Chennai; 1990 International exhibition of ‘Asian-European Art’, Biennale, Ankara, Turkey and 1991 ‘The Madras Metaphor’ exhibition organized by Ebraim Alkazi at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi. He has been featured in the books ‘The Madras Metaphor’ and ‘The Algebra of Figuration’ by Oxford University Press. He is collected avidly all over the world too!

Richard Jesudoss (1939)

Richard Jesudoss got his Diploma in Fine Arts, Modelling and Sheet Metal in 1962. A painter and a metal sculptor, his earthy work of beauty is embellished by his humanist approach, often manifesting in many projects that are Art for a Cause. He has participated in various Group Exhibitions of Artists’ Handicrafts Association, Chennai; Tamil Nadu Arts and Crafts Improvement Association, Chennai; College of Arts and Crafts Alumni association exhibition, Chennai. He took part in Small Format Art exhibition held at Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai, as well as the Village’s Group Shows; ‘Chinga Melam-2000’ at Kerala Kala Peedam Art Gallery, Cochin; ‘Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture’, Chola Sheraton Hotel Art Gallery, Chennai; ‘Gems 2000’, a rare art auction in aid of General Education on Multiple Sclerosis at Park Sheraton, Chennai; ‘Mere’, an exhibition to raise funds for the earthquake victims in Gujarat; Park Sheraton Hotel Art Gallery, Chennai, 2002; ‘Vasanthakalam’, art exhibition at Amethyst, Chennai, also in 2002. Richard has twice been awarded the State Lalit Kala Academy Award, Chennai, in 1967 and again in 2000.

S. G.Vasudev (1941)

A 1966 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai launched Vasudev on his art career. He started off with a One man show, British Council, Chennai and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1967. e has directed art for award winning lms ams ara and amsa ri sha designed masks for a production of Hayavadana, written by Girish Karnad, a series of line drawings inspired by the poems of A.K. Ramanujan. He developed an interest in Indian myths and legends, which started appearing in my work. The idea of Vriksha, the Tree of Life, became central to Vasudev’s artistic vision. In the 80s he developed his own “Tree of Life”, symbolizing sexuality, fertility, procreation, as well as our links with our past, and the future. asude disco ered the oy of surface decoration in his metal wor s. t influenced his large oil paintings too. The rounded Southern scripts started appearing in Vasudev’s curling artistic vocabulary. He also plays with the line and makes it his own. ore recently the centrality of his su ect matter the tree or floating ody or head is now a andoned for a more free flowing composition. He was the ICCR delegate to China. He has also compiled the ‘New South’ group show, London, UK. He was the State Dept invitee, USA and French Government invitee and has also travelled to Germany for various art exhibitions. He has conducted many one man shows at Germany, London, Chennai and Bengaluru; and won the National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, Bangalore, among many others. He lives and works at Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai.


S. Paramasivam (b. 1942

Paramasivam became a life member of Cholamandal Artists’ Village in 1966. He then went on to graduate with a Diploma in Fine Arts, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai in 1967, and immediately started exhibiting and practising art. He won a Prize at the All India Exhibition of Art, Kerala, in 1968. The artist an sculptor migrated and settled in Seattle, USA, in 1977. He sculpts and exhibits prodigiously there, and has won prizes at Mercer Island and Ocean Shores for Sculpture. Has featured in the books ‘The Madras Metaphor’ and ‘An Algebra of Figuration’ by Oxford University Press. Participated in the um ershoot show W eattle r an eague W and ‘ culptural on guration – Prospective/Retrospective’, exhibition at Chola Sheraton, Chennai; In Osaka, Japan; Show at Chola Gallery, Chennai and featured in the catalogue released by OUP at the event; Madras State Lalit Kala Academy Annual show; ‘Madras Metaphor’ exhibition organized by Ebrahim Alkazi at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi.

S. P. Jayakar (1931)

Jayakar obtained a First class in his 1951 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government School of rts and rafts hennai. n he came under the strong influence of . . Panicker and joined his charmed circle of committed artists striving to establish a commune outside the city for creative people to live and work in peace. He is the recipient of Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Academy Award, Chennai;AIFACS Award, New Delhi, and Kalai Chemmal Award, Chennai. He has participated in the Flood Relief exhibition, Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi to raise money for the victims; participated in Cholamandal Artists’ Village exhibition sponsored by the UNICEF, New Delhi; and was the recipient o the Victoria Technical Institute’s award. He created ‘40 artists of Madras’ organized by The British Council, Chennai, participated at various Tamil Nadu Ovium Nunkalai Kuzhu exhibitions. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, workshops and art events all over India, imparting knowledge and learnings to all.

S. Nandagopal (b. 1946)

Nandagopal’s sculptures have a whimsical, but solid quality about them, a mixture of opposites that can be seen in their strong roots in traditional motifs that have been transformed into a super-contemporary idiom that is uniquely his own. This difference is the essentially uality of his sculptures. e eral gures ha e een inspired by Hindu mythology and the epics. However, each sculpture creates a new mythology as well as a new form that helps us relate to a culture far removed in time. His powerful, glistening bronze and copper sculptures soar energetically into space. The use of commonplace found objects lends a strangely imaginative ‘today’ quality to the works. Among the very many awards he has been honored with, are the State & National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards - Madras, Calcutta, Kerala and New Delhi; Award of Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta; 13th Middleheim Open-Air Sculpture exhibition, Antwerp, Belgium; Gold Medal at the IVth International Triennale, New Delhi; Homi Bhabha Fellowship, British Council Travel Grant; Travelling exhibition of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Tehran, Moscow and East European countries; Indian section at the Fukuoka Museum, Japan; I.C.C.R. Travel Grant to Yugoslavia. He was nominated by the Government of India to serve as advisor and on the purchase committee of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; executed a 20 foot high sculpture in stainless steel for Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai, for the NCPA; has featured in many books; and has exhibited extensively. In 2010, Nandagopal was elected as one of the nine eminent artists of the country by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

Venkatapathy (b. 1935)

Trained in fresco painting at Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan, and later with a Diploma in painting, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai in 1967, Venkatapathy embarked on a profusely fertile career in painting.He was one of the pioneering artists at the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai. He has been recipient of the Silver Medal of the South Indian Society of Painters,; was awarded

Silver Medal by Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta; exhibited at the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai frequently; and received the Award of the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Academy, 1966. Venkatapathy exhibited from 1967 to 1972 at Cholamandal Artists’ Village exhibition sponsored by UNICEF, New Delhi; Robin Hood International, 27th nnual e hi ition ydney ustralia the sia aci c useum oland in 2 VIIth Triennale India, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, 1991. He was honored with the Award of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bengaluru in 1992 and in 1996, received Silver Plate as a veteran artist of India by All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society. He also participated in the show organized for the veteran artists. In 2003, Venkatapathy was nominated as an eminent artist member of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

V.Viswanathan (b. 1940)

A 1960 diploma-holder from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, his early wor was gurati e. e later e ol ed to e periment with a stract and geometric forms. Inspired by geometrical ritualistic-magical diagrams of his native Kerala, he explored the visual language inherent in them with a gradual evolution of form and color. Viswanadhan draws with a particularly arresting technique. The outline is drawn with thick stamping ink, and then oil paint is applied with a brush and the work washed with turpentine. The transparent and thin paint reveals the geometric forms. He lives and works in Paris now. He has exhibited, among other shows, at ‘Besides Paris’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, 2010; ‘Manifestations III’, Delhi; India Moderna, Institute Valencia d’Art Modern, Centro Julio Gonzalez, Spain 2008-09; Gallierie Espace, NGMA, Jehangir Art Gallery, Tao Art Gallery; Viswanadhan: Early Years, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2008; 2006, 04, 02, 2000, 1996, 93, 89, 82 Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris; as well as several solo shows. Viswanadhan was awarded France’s highest civilian award, Chevalier des Arts et Letters in 2005; Premio Lubiam for Painting, Italy, 1978; Pris de la Peinture, Festival International, Menton, 1972; Nationa/ State Awards for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Kerala and Tamil Nadu 1968 and 1963.

Dakshinachitra A. Balasubramaniam (b. 1971)

Balasubramaniam discovered about the Government College of Arts, Chennai, on a train journey, and this led him to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from there in 1995. Later, he studied printmaking at EPW Edinburgh, UK, and at Universitat fur Angewandte Kunste in Wien, Austria. Journeys would continue to travel in his work. His 7 years of impeccable international exposure and travel has engendered a daring body of work that is seamless across genres, materials and media - sculpture, printmaking, mixed media; plaster, silkscreen prints and paper relief. Balasubramaniam travels beyond the strict formalism of the modernists with these in-the-face, lyric celebrations of aesthetic imbalance. Each work is a journey, which retraces the artist’s steps. And becomes the viewer’s own journey. He has exhibited in France, Spain, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Finland, Norway and USA. Amongst his solo shows are ‘(In)Between’ and ‘(In)Visible’ at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi; ‘(Desi)re’ at Talwar Gallery, New York; and ‘Transition and Transformation’ at the Fine Arts Museum, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His most recent group endeavors include ‘Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years after Indian Independence’ at the Centre for International Modern Art, Kolkata, 2008; ‘The Inverted Tree’ at Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, 2005; ‘Indian Summer’ at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 2005; and ‘Solitude’ at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, in 2003. The artist lives and works in Bangalore.

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Focus Gallery Gauri Gill (b. 1970)

Gauri Gill received a BFA in Applied Art from the Delhi College of Art in 1992 and a second BFA in Photography from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1994. She received her MFA in Art from Stanford University in California. Her second solo exhibition ‘Notes from the Desert’ was exhibited at Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi and Matthieu Foss Gallery Mumbai (2010 -11). Her rst solo e hi ition ‘ he mericans’ was e hi ited at ose acia allery ol ata ature orte allery ew elhi atthieu oss allery um ai the homas Welton rt allery tanford ni ersity the hicago ultural entre hicago and Bose Pacia Gallery, New York (2008 - 2009) and is still traveling. Her works have een included in important group e hi itions including ‘Where hree reams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh’ (Whitechapel allery ondon and otomuseum Winterthur wit erland ‘ he elf and the Other: Portraiture in Contemporary Indian Photography’ (Palau de la Virreina, arcelona ‘ u lic laces ri ate paces’ ewar useum ew ersey ‘ hifting hapes nsta le igns’ ale rt allery ale ni ersity ew a en as well as in a two person show with omo o oneda at ucy ac intosh allery ausanne called ‘ ememory’ and with unil upta at the ndia nternational enter in ew Delhi, ‘Gill and Gupta’.

Forum Art Gallery A.V. Ilango (b. 1950)

A self-taught artist, A.V. Ilango made his debut in 1973 on completing his Masters in Mathematics at the Bangalore University. Inspired by his childhood memories, Ilango conceived his human forms in bright colors, to arrive at harmonious compositions. Some works have caught the dramatic moment of an action. While in others forms merge into space. esides human gures the artist has een studying for the past few years cows and bulls, which form the very idiom of primitive, folk and classical arts of India. Ilango has held many One Man Shows in India and abroad. Some of them are tsa 2 orum rt allery hennai tsa 2 rt space he allery alaysia ntrospection amarind rt ouncil ew or 2 he o ine rinciple orum rt allery hennai 2 econd eincarnation utra ance heatre uala umpur alaysia 2 ine pace hythm y the ullu ian oundation yons rance 2 2 auphin allery ingapore ilapathi aram anime alai ritish ouncil i ision and he oo oint hennai he hownagree allery he ommonwealth nstitute ondon 5 hythm Rhythm 85, Chennai. Apart from these he has participated in many group shows, all over. Ilango’s Artspace showcases the young artists who practise under his guidance in India and abroad. Ilango has profusely exhibited at State, National & International e hi itions. is sculptures are at prominent pu lic spaces in amil adu. e has illustrated umpteen publications and been awarded internationally.

B. O. Shailesh (b.1970)

With a BFA in painting from Shimoga, Shailesh’s works are in the realm of the mind, of feelings and human emotions. Abstract human forms reach out their hands to touch and feel what lies beyond…looking for someone to share their youthful passion and e citement with. arrow etiolated gures are o li ious of their environs, as they are engrossed in a quest to quench their thirst. Shailesh has painted on paper, glass and canvas using many media, including foil and paper thread. His very many solo and group shows include Crossing the Pathway, Community all rome 2 ystic ealism culptures ri eni ala angam ew elhi many galleries and restaurants and pu lic spaces in hennai angalore and elhi olo nstallations at oethe nstitute a ueller ha an hennai eyond the atural methyst hennai ternal uest rt onsult ew elhi. ome of his lms are plit ersonality at holamandal rtists’ illage hennai ideo rt ommunity all rame & at ent a or rends in ontemporary rt at alit 256

ala ademi hennai etc. A very active artist, Shailesh is always on the move, exhibiting, participating in camps, workshops, collaborations, etc. He has been profusely awarded and felicitated as well the world over. His work can be found in many private, corporate and public collections as well.

Dimpy Menon (b. 1964)

Graduated in Fine Arts, from Govt. college of Fine arts and Crafts, Chennai with rst ran ma oring in culpture and studied rint ma ing under the tutelage of Prof.R.B.Bhaskaran, Dimpy has shown extensively both in India and abroad. She has recei ed he amil adu tate ward for culpture and rawing. he has often been invited to participate in Workshops and Shows at All India Level in Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics and Print Making. ays impy ‘‘ ou can nd eauty in the commonplace and the ordinary. f you can capture that in your work, then you are blessed. My work is about the truth that runs through life and nature. And that obviously is universal”. Dimpy has exhibited Solo and in Group Shows all over India, notably Bangalore and um ai and elsewhere plus all o er the world. he has e ecuted many sculptures in many sizes, for corporates, hotels, galleries and private art connoisseurs the world over. er metier in sculpting regardless of medium. his ron e glass terracotta and granite all get plia le under her magic ngers as she ends their shapes and contours to give life to her imagination. impy has tra eled e tensi ely on wor rance ermany taly he atican outh frica he etherlands elgium u em ourg pain ingapore and alaysia. he is currently wor ing on commissions for he eroi he anyan angalore he eela roup.

P. Elanchezhiyan (b. 1980)

orn in amil adu lanche hiyan did his and in culpture from the o t. ollege of ine rts um a onam amilnadu after which he completed his hil in culpture in 2 2 from the amil ni ersity han a ur. His output is prodigious and impeccable, and he has exhibited solo and in group shows a few of which are mentioned here ollege of ine rts um a onam 2 ahua allery angalore 2 a a rt allery um ai 2 eyond oundaries he allery or ondon 2 ine rt and iterature ew elhi 2 uyana rt allery ingapore 2 irla cademy of ne rts ol ata olden rush 2 oncern ndia oundation um ai 2 adras an as 2 alaysia ehangir rt allery um ai 2 lanche hiyan has recei ed ery many awards and accolades some among them eing rad fest award of harathidasan ni ersity 2 ational cholarship 2 52 inistry of ulture ew elhi ll ndia est culpture ward rayana 2 ol ata and ollege of ne rts an ore and ational unior ellowship 2010-2012, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi. He has participated in many Youth Festivals and Sculpture camps, including the World’s Largest Artist Camp-2008 in Orissa.

P. Gnana (b. 1970)

Gnana was born in in the township of Neyveli, South India. He was a recipient of the LaSalle Scholarship of the LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore), from where he received his formal training in the art of painting. Since then he has been a distinguished Singapore-based artist whose art is in the collection of the President of the Republic of Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum of the National Heritage Board. In 2005, fourteen of Gnana’s large-scaled abstract paintings were commissioned y ingapore’s scendas te td for the nternational ech ar in hennai ndia. Gnana had presented a solo exhibition of his paintings and sculptures at the Singapore Philatelic Museum in February 2009. He was also a participating artist at the acial armony ay rt hi ition in 2 and a charity art e hi ition that was ointly presented y rts for ealth ingapore eneral ospital and he Gallery of Gnani Arts in 2005. Gnana has been widely covered by art critics across media in India and the Farast and has held many solo art e hi itions. is artwor s are collected y the ast of ast allery nited ingdom yc e ran ais de ingapour outts an and numerous individual and corporate art connoisseurs.


P. S. Nandan (b.1940)

Sculptor P. S. Nandan says the advantage of living in the workplace is that you can work on ideas that strike you at any time. Sometimes, when he’s ‘stuck’, he looks at the lines of the traditional sculptures he has collected around his garden for inspiration including his own nished and semi nished wor s or at the lea es of a tree the sh in his tan and his wor flows again. He’s been living in The Cholamandal Artists Village since 1966 when it was formed by a group of artists from the College of Fine Arts to have a place that gave them all a sense of ownership. Art can never grow alone, it is always a movement, says this sculptor. Joining Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai, as a life member in 1965, Nandan passed his Diploma in painting and Advanced course with distinction from the Govt. College of Art and Crafts, Chennai, in 1968. He has experimented in folk style sculptures in clay, metal sheet, brick, wood and granite by following the method of placing smaller sections on top of one another. He has exhibited at scores of shows, both solo and group has al over ndia and indeed the world wor ed at camps and wor shops and een awarded handsomely with fellowships, grants and honors, some of them being Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai, 1979 & ’91, and the Lalit Kala Akademi Award, New Delhi, 1992. His work is featured in many private and public collections and large commissioned works.

S. Nandagopal (b. 1946)

Nandagopal’s sculptures have a whimsical, but solid quality about them, a mixture of opposites that can be seen in their strong roots in traditional motifs that have een transformed into a super contemporary idiom that is uni uely his own. his difference is the essentially uality of his sculptures. e eral gures ha e een inspired by Hindu mythology and the epics. However, each sculpture creates a new mythology as well as a new form that helps us relate to a culture far removed in time. His powerful, glistening bronze and copper sculptures soar energetically into space. The use of commonplace found objects lends a strangely imaginative ‘today’ quality to the works. Among the very many awards he has been honored with, are the State & National alit ala ademi wards adras alcutta erala and ew elhi ward of cademy of ine rts alcutta th iddleheim pen ir culpture e hi ition ntwerp elgium old edal at the th nternational riennale ew elhi omi ha ha ellowship ritish ouncil ra el rant ra elling e hi ition of the ational allery of odern rt in ehran oscow and ast uropean countries ndian section at the u uo a useum apan . . . . ra el rant to ugosla ia. He was nominated by the Government of India to serve as advisor and on the purchase committee of the ational allery of odern rt ew elhi e ecuted a 2 foot high sculpture in stainless steel for riyadarshini ar um ai for the has featured in many oo s and has e hi ited e tensi ely. n 2 Nandagopal was elected as one of the nine eminent artists of the country by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

Shalini Biswajit (b. 1965)

Shalini Biswajit is a painter, sculptor and Director of Forum Art Gallery. She has a ni ersity irst aster’s in ine rts from tella aris ollege hennai after which she studied at ew or chool of nterior esign. his e posure ultimately lead to the birth of Forum Art Gallery in 1997. Shalini has exhibited her works widely in India, and abroad. Some selected solo and group shows that she has participated in are ‘Perspective’, Alliance Francaise, hennai alon de rintemps 2 2 2 2 5 yon rance ‘ eclaimed’ orum rt allery and he ritish ouncil hennai 2 ‘ he eminine ye’ Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore, 2005 ,’Women@rt, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, 2 ‘Wo an yes’ orum rt allery hennai and he ehru entre ondon 2 ‘Wo an yes’ utra allery uala umpur 2 ‘ he adras an as and II’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai 2007, 2008, ‘Detached Attachment’, Vienna irginia 2 ‘ eminine ‘ ’ rt pace the gallery uala umpur 2 . he adras Canvas at ICC India Cultural Centre Kuala Lumpur 2010, Present in the Past, Taj mount oad hennai 2 er at est solo show at ala riti allery ydera ad 2 and rt a aar ew or 2 . Shalini has illustrated a children’s book too. Her paintings and sculpture can be seen in public collections all over Tamil Nadu. At Forum Art Gallery, Shalini has curated more than 70 shows from 2002 and

takes art closer to people through workshops, art and craft classes, symposiums and art therapy sessions. n outdoorsy ad enturer her recently tre to he erest ase amp and ala attar tre in epal inspired the er at est series. halini li es with her cartoonist husband Biswajit Balasubramanian in Chennai.

Shivarama Chary (b. 1978)

Varied styles in mixed media makes sculptor Shivarama Chary a versatile artist indeed. While he nished his schooling in the arts in 2 he learnt to sculpt much earlier from his father agadeeshwara hary his rst guru. fter a ine rts degree at the elugu ni ersity he did a aster’s from ydera ad entral ni ersity. out of his sculptures were recently on display at the ala riti art gallery in an e hi ition titled he edium and the essage. er the past three years he has wor ed with wood ron e reglass and stainless steel. e has e hi ited his works at the Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad and at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. His group exhibitions include Hyderabad ues at the sh ita rt allery hennai rt po ndia ehru entre Worli um ai at the tudio epean um ai a shinayan an e hi ition of ndhra radesh rtists at allerie ya ew elhi eccani arlance an e hi ition of drawings y rtists at the aleidoscope rt allery adodara ryst With Telangana, a group show in Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara. He lives and works in Hyderabad. Shivarama Chary has taught at University, participated in art camps, workshops, commissions and performances all over and is featured in many collections in India and abroad.

Sisir Sahana (b.1963)

isir ahana is clearly multi dimensional. e has a achelor’s and aster’s ine Art Degree in painting art at Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan. Sahana also holds an d anced iploma in stained glass painting from entral t. artin’s ollege of Art & Design, London (1994). Sisir is more widely known for his glass sculptures than his other work like painting and graphic representation. He mastered this uni ue a enue of e pression whilst on fellowship and study trips to urope and America, when he tried his hand at stained glass and later shifted to haptic glass friezes. In a laborious and technology intensive method Sisir creates everything from scratch, even the glass itself. This kind of work is only possible in his wor shop at the rasad ye nstitute in ydera ad which he claims is the best in the country for making glass sculptures of the huge proportions he does. He has been honored with several awards, including the “Samakalin Chitrakala Parishad” award in Assam, the “Bombay Art Society” award and the “Hyderabad Art Society” award. Sisir has held 21 solo exhibitions and many group shows at various in India and abroad. talented lm ma er as well he has directed a feature lm ‘ rith i’ he arth in Bengali and Telugu in 2006 produced by Kalakriti Art Galler, which was exhibited in many lm esti als and directed and produced another lm ‘ aati anush’ (The Soil and the People) in Bengali Directed and Produced in 2009, winning the Jury Award in New Hope Film Festival, USA, in 2010 and nominated for Special ury ward in eligion oday ilm esti al taly 2 .

Srinivas Reddy (b. 1952)

Srinivas graduated in Fine Arts from JNT University Hyderabad, and specialized in ceramic sculpture from aculty of ine rts . . ni ersity adodara in . his artist is at ease with se eral different media li e terracotta er glass ron e stone and painting. his has een possi le due to his unrelenting efforts in the eld for the past twenty years. For Srinivas, art is a process, like life itself – continuous and e er changing challenging and yet with umpteen possi ilities. his elief lead him to e periment constantly efforts that won him a ational ward. arly wor s of his oeuvre, for instance the terracotta and wooden heads with mushrooms, are marked with an intense expressionistic leaning, the language that communicates his urge and striving to carve a unique space for himself. An introspective mood pervades his paintings and sculptures of early to mid 90s. These psychological narrati es are a out desire and fear of the signi cant ‘ ther’. rini as eddy’s wor s are in se eral pu lic and pri ate collections in ndia and abroad. He currently lives and works in Hyderabad. 257


Rohini Reddy (b.1961)

Rohini Reddy is a product of Art Faculty, M.S. University, Baroda with post-diploma in Sculpture (1990) (after doing her diploma in Sculpture from C.N. College of Fine Arts, Ahmedabad.) She is a celebrated sculptor who works in different mediums, li e stone terracotta and er glass creating her uni ue style. he occasionally paints. Her large heads of typically Andhra women, whose highly stylized demeanour immediately catches the viewer’s attention. Rohini has been practicing this styled folkish sculpture for a long time. She has won two awards from the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, 2002 and 2004. She also won another honour at the Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad (A.P.). Rohini has participated mostly in group shows at home and abroad. After earlier expositions at Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi (in 1986-07 & 08); Faculty for Fine Arts Gallery, M.S. University, Baroda; the 3rd Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1990), Rohine went on to exhibit all over India and abroad. With such widr participation, her works have been distributed widely all over. The artist lives and works in Hyderabad.

Galerie88 Akbar Padamsee (b. 1928)

Though very meticulous in his method, master colorist Akbar Padamsee’s drawings and paintings ranging from the gure to non guration pulsate with thro ing energy. Padamsee is acutely aware of every brush stroke; the relationship of his work with form, volume, space, time and color. The process of creation is one of contemplation and articulation of thoughts and ideas. Padamsee’s pioneering spirit has allowed him to experiment with a wide range of mediums: from traditional to experiments with photography and digital printmaking. Whatever his chosen medium, the artist conveys a command over space, form and color. Although he is best known as a painter, Padamsee has experimented with lm ma ing sculpture and writing as an art critic as well. e graduated from the Sir J.J. School of Art in 1940, with a diploma in painting and sculpture. In an interview with Dnyaneswar Nadkarni, he comments: “In those days, learning painting in that tree-studded campus was a heady experience.” is e tensi e oeu re includes the metascapes and mirror images and his gures and heads. The metascapes are a development from landscapes, while the mirror images show his concern with the duality of existence, of form and space. The gure is treated not as an indi idual not e en in the heads where the association with portraiture is even stronger.

Bikash Bhattacharjee (b.1940)

Bhattacharjee graduated from Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship at Kolkota. He also taught there, and later at the Government College of Arts and Crafts. He drew inspiration for his work from his early dreary days, where vivid images of his struggling - the crumbling walls of buildings and the multitudes of people living there - wove a certain magic in his mind. His drawings reveal his predilection for forms: forms that consist in terms of tone rather than line. Bhattacharjee carefully expresses the textural effects of crayons, pastels and pencil using the combination of highlights and depths of passages built of varying intensities of line. Improbable characters dominate his oils. His work is a powerful combination of realism and fantasy, where reality sets the ball rolling and fantasy helps the canvas assume a new reality. His subject is always clear, recognizable, detailed and invested with a sense of the dramatic. Female beauty is a major preoccupation with him. His women are a strange mixture of spirituality and sensuality. Where women in his canvas are an abstraction, men appear to live in their own world. But he also creates a varied cast of characters in his canvases - old men and women, children, domestic help, all in a dramatic and authentic milieu.The artist explores the possibilities of oil as a medium with a rare mastery o er the capturing of the uality of light an effect that lends his wor a super realism as well as an enigmatic uality. is lo e of cinema and use of art techni ues of post enaissance uropean oil painting could e responsible for creating this illusion of reality. Bhattacharjee is also known for his 258

early Kolkata cityscapes. He works with many mediums - oil on canvas, tempera, oil on board, pastels on board, watercolor, crayon and pencil.

C. Douglas (b.1951)

This Diploma holder in Painting from the Govt.College of Arts & Crafts, hennai is a uiet phenomenon. e has held many solo shows in ermany Netherlands and India. He has also participated in prominent group shows in India including VII Triennale, Germany, France, Netherlands, London, Peru and Sweden. He is the recipient of the National Award 1992, Bharat Bhavan Biennale award 1990, Govt. of India Cultural Fellowships (both junior and senior), Charles Wallace rust grant and grant oth of these in . is wor s are in the collection of Glenbarra Art Museum Japan and NGMA New Delhi.

Chandra Bhattacharjee (b.1961)

Chandra Bhattacharjee’s canvases are languid and far removed from the urban world. Dusky men and women carry out their daily chores in an ethereal realm untouched by the madness of everyday city life. Bhattacharjee’s compositions are influenced y the rural and tri al associations that he had an opportunity to wor with; particularly the ‘Santhal’ tribe of Calcutta. The colours in Bhattacharjee’s paintings are at once, subdued and vibrant. Warm pinks, full-bodied blues, interspersed with lan areas soothe the senses. e uses the techni ue of crosshatching (a method used more often in pencil drawings), in black, over the colour; this adds depth to his colours. Bhattacharjee’s paintings tell a story, but it is a story without a eginning or an end and it flows seamlessly from the artist onto the surface of the canvas. The world of Bhattacharjee’s creation is without boundaries; where humans, animals and surreal creatures coexist in harmony. hattachar ee although influenced y rural and tri al themes has a rm academic grounding. He has studied at the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, Calcutta. He received a gold medal from the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, in 1986. He has held several group as well as solo exhibitions of his works in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Chittrovanu Mazumdar (b. 1956)

Mazumdar graduated from the Government College, Kolkata in 1981 with a First Class First in Painting. Mazumdar’s paintings operate on fracture. Composed of old rushstro es elements of collage a stract spaces and layered gurati e imagery, Mazumdar’s raw, almost expressionistic, canvases create a powerful emotional response. He has held a variety of solo and group shows in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Paris and New York, including special exhibitions such as his large solo show at the Burlington Gardens gallery of the Royal Academy in London organized by Galerie of ol ata ‘ hi ition for the frican ational ongress’ ol ata nformation entre ol ata and ‘ onfluence rt amp for rench & ndian rtists’ Alliance Francaise, Kolkata, 1992, Saffronart in Los Angeles 2001 and Saffronart & The Guild, 2004. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and the Seagull Foundation, Kolkata. The artist currently resides in Kolkata.

Dipak Banerjee (b.1936)

Dipak Banerjee graduated from Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kolkata in 1957. He went to France on a French Government scholarship. He also received a orwegian go ernment stipend and wor ed at the lelier ord slo and wor ed there from 1976 to 1977. He was a teacher at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University from 1968 to 1996. The recent series of paintings by Dipak Banerjee deserves a much closer look due to his ability to draw the geometric accuracy of ‘tantric’ symbols with the unmistakable devotion of a Master in the tradition of Indian miniature painting. He nows the degree of e actitude needed to con ey the thematic import ade uately. is ariation from cold precision to the warmth of freer flow of line and color in some of paintings in this series proves the strength of his remarkable control of his medium that, technically speaking, is of his own making. Like the proverbial image Lord Vishnu as the Universal ‘creator’, that he has painted as a pair of footprints as ‘Vishnupada’’, Dipak Banerjee is today the undisputed leader and ‘creator’ of what was earlier known as the ‘Neo-Tantric’ school of painting in India.


Ganesh Pyne (b.1937)

Probably the foremost exponent of the Bengal School of art, Ganesh Pyne’s signature style shaped from his own experiences of solitude, alienation, pain, horror and moods of tenderness and serenity comes to surface in each of his works. The lines are bold, precise, controlled and the drawings that emerge are potent both in form and content. Stripped of color, they convey an architectonic quality in the structuring of the images. e is o sessed with death. e can’t forget his rst rush with death in the summer of 1946, when communal riots had rocked Kolkata. His family was forced out of their crumbling mansion. As he roamed around the city, he came across death in all its stark reality, all around him. No wonder his paintings rarely have light backgrounds, and blue and black are his favorite colors. Working mostly in tempera, his paintings are rich in imagery and symbolism. “My childhood memories revolve around Kolkata. The sounds and smells of this city ll my eing. lo e ol ata. gainst his family’s wishes he too admission in the o ernment ollege of rts and rafts ol ata. n he oined the ociety for Contemporary Artists. During that period he made small drawings in pen and ink. This was also the period of experimentation. The anger and despair of the 70s fuelled one of the most fruitful periods in his life as an artist that culminated in works like ‘Before the Chariot’ and ‘The Assassin’. nitially yne painted watercolors and s etches of misty mornings and wayside temples ariously influenced as he was y Walt isney anindranath agore als Rembrandt and Paul Klee. Equally devoted to cinema as he is to painting, Pyne has also drawn inspirations from mo ies made y ellini and ngmar ergman.

K. G. Subramanyan (b.1924)

. . u ramanyan studied under the tutelage of enode ehari u her ee andalal ose and am in ar ai at antini etan. e graduated from ala ha an is a harati ni ersity. n 55 he recei ed a ritish ouncil esearch ellowship to the Slade School of Art at the University of London. He is among the few artists who have explored the possibilities of modern art from a different perspective, gi ing new dimensions to the human gure y ma ing them appear more as characters from various myths and traditional narratives, populating a composition quite the contrary. As an artist he is extraordinarily versatile, cherishing the facility to work in diverse media, sizes, and techniques over a stylistic conformity to a single medium, genre, size, technique, and manner of visualization. proli c writer scholar teacher and art historian u ramanyan creates fantastical images of wit and eroticism that are universal in their appeal, yet coupled with iconic sym ols drawn from ndian legends and fol lore. he artist has also da led in glass painting and toy making, even weaving, which is generally considered ‘artisanal’. u ramanyan has also illustrated as well as authored ction for children. ince his graduation u ramanyan’s wor has een e hi ited in o er fty solo shows, the most recent including those presented by Seagull Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with Nandan Gallery at Kala Bhavana, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘The Painted Platters’ at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; and ‘The Magic of Making’ at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata, and Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, also in 2007.

Kanchan Dasgupta (b.1948)

Kanchan’s early years of work in a commercial studio in Kolkata had yielded an unmistakably graphic quality in his art, formal and intense and cheerfully contemplati e. rm elie er in artistic s ill and gifted with o sessi e a ility to draw well, he infuses his large canvases with mesmerizing attention to realistic detail. His carefully structured positioning of human and other forms with dramatic gestures in a thoughtfully arranged setting, and his use of intensely emotive colors, creates an epic charm in many of his canvases. A recluse by nature and hardly the one to socialize beyond his chosen few, his spread and grasp of social issues are striking and vast. His textured canvases are much sought-after by collectors at home and abroad and he has exhibited his canvases regularly during the last two decades.

Lalu Prasad Shaw (b.1937)

rt needn’t e realistic ut it a solutely must e truthful. alu rasad haw completed his education in ne arts at the o ernment ollege

of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata. He is known for his highly stylized portraits of engali women and couples. apturing the e pressions of his su ects perfectly with the greatest economy of line and color each of Shaw’s paintings has an intimate feel to it. nfluenced y the pre independence ompany chool of art the traditional alighat at and the anta ca e paintings haw’s wor s mainly e ecuted in gouache or tempera, are simple and graceful. His style is uniquely modern in its adaptation of academic and traditional ndian formats. ne notices a seamless synthesis of different stylistic elements to achieve a phenomenal effect. Shaw took to printmaking and mastered the genre of graphic arts, making a name for himself as a printmaker comparable to the great reputation that he already had as a painter. haw has e hi ited e tensi ely in ndia and a road since 5 li e the second British Biennale in London, 1970, two Norwegian Print Biennales in 1974 and 1978, the seventh Paris Biennale in 1971 and the second Asian Art Biennale hosted by Bangladesh in 1984. His work is a part of the permanent collections of various institutions like the Birla Academy in Calcutta and the Art Forum in Singapore. Shaw lives and works in Kolkata.

Meera Mukherjee (b.1923)

orn in ol ata eera studied at the art classes run y the ndian ociety of riental rt. he oined the elhi polytechnic in to continue her education. t the end of this she had the opportunity of wor ing under the noted ndonesian painter ffendi who was li ing and wor ing at hantini etan at the time. n 5 she went to Germany to study painting. After her return from Germany, she held her rst show in . he has also een acti ely in ol ed in the research of fol metal castings and the casting techni ues of classical ndian sculptures. eera drew her inspiration from the common man. rdinary people doing e eryday things nd manifestation in her art. ishermen wea ers women stitching they are all su ects for her wor . he is a painter as well as a sculptor. he has developed her own unique technique for making wax sculptures. Bengali calligraphy often nds its way into her wor . usic and dance are also fa orite su ects. here are two distinct features that represent the spirit of eera’s wor . he rst is the celebration of humanism and the other is an ardent desire to break away from routine and en oy freedom.

Nagji Patel (b. 1937)

ag i atel did his . . ine rts in culpture from the . . ni ersity aroda. atel has een influenced to a ery large e tent y the rural setting that he grew up in. nimals are fa orite su ects for his sculptures. lthough he has since mo ed to the city, he harbors an ardent desire of moving back to the pristine environs of his native village and working on sculptures using local materials. He has participated in a number of exhibitions like the National Exhibition, ew elhi iennial ntwerp elgium 5 ontemporary sian rt esti al apan & nternational esti al of rt aghdad and the esti al of ndia o yo apan . e has een the recipient of se eral prestigious awards including the National Award in 1961 and 1976. ome of atel’s sculptures are on display at such places as orporate f ce adodara lympic culpture ar eoul orea and culpture ar i ure own apan. e was appointed the ommissioner th riennale ew elhi in . e was also a udge of the ational hi ition in . is wor can also e seen at the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Museum of Fine Arts, Chandigarh and many pri ate collections in ndia and a road. ag i li es in aroda.

Prabhakar M. Kolte (b.1946)

he early wor of ra ha ar olte shows the strong influence of aul lee the wiss artist and teacher whose childli e gures elie the sophistication of his richly textured surfaces. A graduate from the J.J. School of Art in the late 1960s, Kolte’s debt to Klee can be seen in his technique of weathering his stronger colors. His early canvases are characterized by a single, dominant color in the background, on which lighter and more complex forms, both geometric and organic, are placed. Kolte freely acknowledges his early debt to Klee, “People used to call me the ndian aul lee. was usy searching for myself. n the early s his wor too 259


a new direction as Kolte began experimenting with installation and performative art pieces. In one piece, he covered a car with newspaper; in another, he painted a volunteer black and titled him “A Man Without Shadow”. Such off-the-canvas experiments allowed him a free space to play with abstract ideas of color and form. n returning to the can as he sought to immediately co er up any identi a le image, making sure that my forms would function as pure color in space.” His most recent wor s show a glossier more nished approach to his early themes in paintings. Kolte spent twenty-two years teaching at his alma mater, the J .J. School of Art. He retired in 1994, and now devotes his time to painting.

Gallery Espace Amit Ambalal (b. 1943)

Amit has had no formal training in art school, but was guided by veteran artist Chhaganlal Jadhav. He was a businessman before taking up painting full-time since 1979. His solo exhibitions between 1980 and 2008 include Recent Works, Gallery Espace, Delhi and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; Crows: A journey back to the nest – a site speci c installation at uilding y e or usier emongrasshopper allery hmeda ad onely lanet rcher mda adni ufa hmeda ad eela yrics rcher mda adni ufa hmeda ad lac pring f he lue od allery aya ondon & a shi allery um ai eela the ightness of eing odhi rt ingapore & elhi he i itella perience utheesing isual rts Center, Ahmedabad; Archer Art Gallery, Ahmedabad; Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Galerie F.I.A. Amsterdam; Archer, Herwitz Gallery, Ahmedabad; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; Herwitz Gallery, Hussain-Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad; Gallery Espace, New elhi utheesing isual rts enter hmeda ad ontemporary rt allery hmeda ad ans ar endra allery hmeda ad ri eni allery ew elhi angath hmeda ad ehangir rt allery um ai r a rt allery aroda cademy of ine rts alcutta utheesing isual rts enter hmeda ad. he artist li es and wor s in aroda u arat.

Birendra Pani (b.1969)

irendra ani graduated in printma ing with a . . . from ala ha an at the iswa harati ni ersity hantini etan in West engal in and recei ed his . . in Graphics from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Maharaja Sayajirao University, aroda in . irendra ani has many awards and scholarships to his credit li e the alit ala ademi ward hu aneswar rissa 2 unior ellowship inistry of uman esource e elopment o ernment of ew elhi 2 alit ala ademi ward hu aneswar . is solo e hi itions include e ision allery umu ha angalore 2 e ision allery space ew elhi and . . ine arts ew or 2 oy ancer he on ergence and ontinuum allery space ew elhi & aculty allery . . . aroda 2 is he ou le dge of ociety allery space ew elhi. 2 cho he allery aleidoscope aroda 2 5 . he artist li es and wor s in um ai.

Chintan Upadhyay (b.1972)

hintan padhyay completed his and in ainting from the aculty of ine rts aroda u arat in 5 and . His Awards and merits include Charles Wallace Foundation Award for a residency in ristol 2 adi schloarship ew elhi 2 a asthan alit ala cademi ward for outstanding drawing ll ndia anti a art e hi ition ew elhi and u arat alit ala ademi ward for outstanding painting in the annual exhibition, 1996. hintan padhyay’s solo shows include ista e icon allery ondon 2 et hop shish alram agpal allery um ai 2 etastasis f igns allery space ew elhi 2 entuaa a aa o ill her awahar ala endra aipur 2 want to e an international artist eoul rt enter orea 2 utants ar an rt allery u arat 2 lone ithalla shish alram agpal allery um ai 2 on er’s nstallation ro ect at pi e sland ristol 2 . he artists li es and wor s in um ai. 260

G. R. Iranna (b.1970)

. . ranna o tained his . . . from the ollege of isual rts ul arga in 2 and M.F.A. from Delhi College of Art in 1994. He was a recipient of the Charles Wallace Scholarship 1999- 2000 and studied at the Wimbledon School of Art, ondon. His accolades over the years have included the National Academy Award in 1997, the . . usain and am umar ward alit ala ademi ward and the Award. ranna’s rst one man show was held in 2 at the ollege of isual rt ul arga. ince then he has shown at he irth of lindness icon allery ondon & ew or 2 he ancer on the orse er eley uare allery ondon 2 isorder and arly ufferings allery uller & late unchen 2 ing of lay allery rts ndia ew or and alifornia 2 hreads of umanism odhi art in elhi & ingapore 2 5 ream & erple ity the uild rt allery hitra ala arishath anglore 2 he nigma of eparture he ritish ouncil um ai & he uild rt allery um ai 2 allery space ew elhi 2 aulana ad entre for ndian ulture airo 2 oyer allery Wim ledon chool of rt ondon 2 n the hadow of uddha allery artini ong ong hadows of the eal hridharani & allery space ew elhi dge ynamics elhi rt allery ew elhi & ehangir rt allery um ai 5 . he artist li es and wor s in elhi.

Karl Antao (b.1966)

Karl studied Applied Arts at the J.J. Institute, Mumbai, 1986-1991. He began his career as a graphic & set designer and isuali er with intas. e then proceeded on to a residency at the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, 1992-96. He was also a visiting faculty with the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, 1997-2001, attending residencies li e ho angalore 2 and erala nternational culpture Camp, 2001. He has several conducted workshops in metal casting, clay modeling, recycling waste and puppetry for students and under-privileged women and children. He has received junior Government fellowships and won several awards li e the ndian a itat entre ward for est olo how 2 5 endre usain ward ndia 5 om ay rt ociety ward and est culpture ward ll India Arts Society, Mumbai -1992. Some of his solo shows are Couple of Differences, Gallery Espace, New Delhi 2 a shi rt allery um ai 2 nseen ruth allery umu ha 2 hmeda ad allery space ew elhi 2 a shi allery um ai 2 utheesingh isual rt entre hmeda ad . e li es and wor s in Ahmedabad.

Manjunath Kamath (b.1972)

an unath amath is from angalore. e o tained his . . in culpture from hamara endra cademy of isual rts ysore and later was as rtist in Residence in School of Art and Design of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK in 2002. His works have been featured at important international platforms such as the hangwon sia rt esti al eoul orea 2 wang u iennale orea 2 hermocline of rt ew sian Wa es useum of ontemporary rt arlsruhe ermany 2 . Amongst recent solo projects are Conscious-Sub-Conscious - Spontaneous drawings on the gallery walls gallery space pecial ro ect 2 mall tories allery space ew elhi 2 omething appened allery space ew elhi 2 out omething hridarani allery ew elhi . he artist lives and works in Delhi.

Mekhala Bahl (b.1980)

e hala studied riefly at the ollege of rt elhi efore her training at the hode sland chool of esign in 2 . fter this she returned to ndia in 2 to pursue her indi idual art practice. he has een awarded tudent of the ear rintma ing hode sland chool of esign in 2 and the . W. odge itchie ward for cellence in rintma ing in 2 2. She has participated in workshops and residencies in India and abroad. Some of them are nnual rt amp hosted y arsh oen a and i ram ethi ar e um ai 2 earning enter rt nstructor usumpur pahari ew elhi 2 rtist in esidence at nternational chool of ainting rawing and culpture ontecastello m ria taly 2 5 ssistant nstructor onotype rintma ing


Printmaking Department, The Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 2002. Her solo exhibitions include The Geometry of Error, Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2009); Anecdote, Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi (2007); [Drawings and Prints], Triveni Gallery, New Delhi (2006); Lucent, Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island (2003); Vaaz, Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island (2002). The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

Rajendra Kumar Tiku (b.1953)

Born in Wadwan, Kashmir,Tiku graduated from Kashmir University with a major in Science and Law in 1978 and 1976. He also completed his sculpture course from the Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Srinagar in 1978. Tiku became the foundersecretary of 5. P. College Artists’ Association. Widely acknowledged, Tiku has received many awards and honors such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (New York) Grant for one year advanced work in Sculpture, 2005; 8th Triennale-India (International) award for sculpture, 1994; National Award for sculpture, 1993; Senior Fellowship of the Department Of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India, 1997-99. Tiku has taken part in many solo exhibitions which include Metaphors in Matter, Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2008); Sculpted Images, Gallery Espace at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (2003); Art Heritage, New Delhi (2003 & 1998); ABC Foundation, Varanasi (1998); Art Heritage, New Delhi (1995); Art Heritage. New Delhi (1992 & 1990). The artist lives and works in Kashmir.

Shubha Taparia (b.1975)

Shubha has been studying classical Indian art and has curated various private as well as public exhibitions in London and New York, part of the International Asian arts calendar. Apart from painting, she has had a profound training in Hindustani Classical vocal singing since the age of 8 under the guidance of Mr. Dixit from the lineage of the Court Singers of the Dhar State in Madhya Pradesh and Shri Govind Potdhan, who is a senior professor at the Government Music College, Indore. hu ha’s ourney in the art eld started with her study of ine rt from al Wad Studios, Pune, India in 1996-97, and later a Post Graduation in Fine Art, Byam Shaw at Central Saint Martins, London, UK. Since then she has held two solo shows namely Not Far from Ajmer, Gallery 54, London (2003) and Non Lontano da Ajmer II, Spazio Arte, Milano (2003). The artist lives and works in London, UK.

Tanmoy Samanta (b. 1973)

Born in West Bengal, Tanmoy obtained his BFA and MFA in painting from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1996. This artist has held solo shows at Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata (2008); and Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2006). His works have been represented at Art Dubai, and other art events including India on Canvas by Khushii, a public art project on federalism conceived by Mr. Rajeev Sethi; Art & Ecology camp by Mohile Parikh Centre, Mumbai and Green Peace etc. He was the recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. New York in 2003, worked as an artist-in residence at Kanoria Centre for Arts between 1999-2000, Ahmedabad and was awarded the National Scholarship in 1998. He lives and works in New Delhi.

Waswo X. Waswo (b.1953)

Born in the U.S.A., Waswo studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Center for Photography, and Studio Marangoni, The Centre for Contemporary Photography in Florence, Italy. His solo exhibitions include A Studio in Rajasthan, Coromandel Art Gallery, Pondicherry, India (2009); A Studio in Rajasthan, Galleria Joyce and Co., Genoa, Italy (2009); A Studio in Rajasthan (collaborations) Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi (2009) and Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin (2008); Waswo X. Waswo: Photographs, Leenaers Verloop, Amsterdam (2007); India Poems: Photographs by Waswo X. Waswo, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee (2007); India Poems: The Photographs, Kashi Art Café, Cochin (2007); India Poems: The Photographs, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006); Photographs by Waswo X. Waswo, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006); India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Sri Lanka (2003); India Poems:The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Kandy, Sri Lanka (2003); India Poems: The

Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Colombo (2003); India Poems: The Photographs of Waswo X. Waswo, Alliance Francaise de Goa, Panjim (2003); Waswo X. Waswo: Photographs, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha (2002). His book, India Poems: The Photographs, published by Gallerie Publishers in 2006, has been available worldwide. The artist has made his home in Udaipur, a asthan for the past e years. here he colla orates with a ariety of local artists including the photo hand-colourist Rajesh Soni. He has also produced a series of autobiographical miniature paintings in collaboration with the artist R. Vijay. Waswo is represented in India by Gallerie Espace, New Delhi, and Serindia Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand.

Zarina Hashmi (b.1937)

Born in Aligarh, India, Zarina studied printmaking with S. W. Hayter at the Atelier, Paris between 1963- 67 and woodblock printing at Toshi Yoshido Studio, Tokyo in 1974. She has received several awards and fellowships in the course of her practice; amongst them are the President’s Award for Printmaking, India (1969), Japan Foundation Fellowship (1974), Residency Award at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York (1991), the Residency award at the Art-Omi, Omi, New York (1994) N.Y. F. A. Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books. Of her forthcoming projects in 2011 is a retrospective - Zarina: 1961-2011 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California and a presentation of her work at the Istanbul Biennale 2011. Recent select solo shows include Recent Work, Gallery Espace (2011); The Ten Thousand Things, Luhring Augustine, New York (2009); Weaving Memory 1990-2006, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India (2007); Directions to my House, Shanghai Contemporary 07 Best of Artists, Shanghai, China (2007); Silent Soliloquy, Bodhi Art, Singapore (2006); Counting 1977-2005, Bose Pacia Modern, New York (2005); Cities, Countries and Borders, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai with Gallery Espace, New Delhi and Gallery Chawkandi, Karachi, and Galley Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan (2004); Maps, Homes, and Itineraries, Gallery Lux, San Francisco (2003); Home is a Foreign Place, Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison (2002); Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India (2000); Chawkandi Gallery Karachi, Pakistan (2000), Homes I Made, the Faculty Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz (1994); and House with Four Walls at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (1992). The artist lives and works in New York.

Gallery Sri Parvati Akhilesh (b.1956)

With a National Diploma in Fine Arts, Bhopal based artist Akhilesh has held solo exhibitions since 1976 in most major centres of India as well as in Singapore, Washington, California, Palo Alto, France among other places. He has been part of many ‘Collectives’ besides participating in numerous group shows in India such as Bharat Bhavan Biennials II, III, V and VI (1988-98), ‘Major Trends in Indian Art’ by Lalit Kala Akademi in connection with Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence (1997) and abroad in Korea, Moscow, France, Austria, London, New York, California, Maryland, Singapore, Japan, Munich, Egypt, South Africa. He is the recipient of the Govt. of India Senior Fellowship 1994-95 for Art and several other awards. Akhilesh is multi-talented – he has curated many exhibitions, set up museums, delivered lectures at home and abroad on art, written a biography of M.F. Husain and even translated Mark Chagal’s Autobiography in Hindi.

Amitabh Sengupta (b. 1941)

A graduate in Painting from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, in 1963, Amitabh received a prestigious French Government Scholarship in Printmaking and Painting to study at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1966-68. He has held Solo Shows during this period at Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris and at Cité International de Paris, 1967 and ‘68. Amitabh has also exhibited in the International show of the Salon d’Automne in Paris, 1968. He has done his Ed.M. at the State University of New York at Buffalo under AICE-UNESCO Fellowship 197981. He has also worked in Nigeria as the Head of Visual Arts in two Universities in 1976-87. He has been listed as Art Advisor with the Federal Universities in Nigeria 261


and with the UNESCO in Paris, 1986-87. His solo shows during this period were Owerri, 1979; Enegu, Lagos and Port Harcourt, 1986. Amitabh is the recipient of the All India Award in Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkota and President’s Award from AIFACS 1975. He is also the Founder President of Art Trust, Kolkota. He has exhibited extensively in groups around the world in the last 20 years, notably in the Far East, Europe, Africa and US. His works are represented in various major collections around the world. Besides painting he also wor s in digital graphics and ideo art. e also writes ma es short lms & and researches subjects of his interest.

Anita Bhattacharya (b. 1963)

With a solid grounding in art and a creditable Master’s degree in Fine Arts (Sculpture) from Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan (1989), Anita has worked in Botswana as a teacher and continues to teach art and design at Kolkata while also practising as a sculptor, working in bronze, stone, wood, terracotta and re glass. Anita is a recipient of a National Scholarship from Govt. India, HRD Ministry and Grant for Creative Artist from Dept of Culture, Govt. of West Bengal. She has to her credit a colla orati e pro ect on ontemporary ance & lastic rt from India Foundation for Arts, Bangalore and Interior Decoration and Relief Sculpture for Low Cost Housing Development in New Delhi. Besides participating in a few camps and holding solo shows she has also participated in some major group exhibitions in India and Zambia.

Arputharani Sengupta (b.1947)

With a doctorate in History of Art, ArputhaRani Sengupta is a visiting Professor in History of Art at Delhi Institute of Heritage Management and earlier at the National Museum Institute (1996-2010). She has earlier taught at Lasbrey Teachers’ Training College and College of Technology in Imo State, Nigeria and at Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her research on early Buddhist art and culture is published in Jewellery from Buddha Zone in Central and South Asia (2011) and Manimekalai: Dancer with agic owl 2 5 . er last solo e hi itions aya al etropolis &2 were at Nature Morte (2005) and Lalit Kala Academy (2004), New Delhi. In her work ArputhaRani fabricates a mythology around combinations of several found objects. Three dimensional assemblage, textile and found objects are part of her experiments with painting sculpture. Books authored by her: Art of Terracotta: Cult and Cultural Synthesis in India (2004) and Kailasanatha Temple: The Realm of Immortals (2009). Her works are in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and other public and private collections.

Benedict Skhemlang Hynniewta (b. 1973)

Born and brought up in Shillong, Benedict completed his B.Fine in 1998 and M.Fine in 2004 from Kala Bhavan,Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. He also passed the NET exam conducted by UGC, and had two solo exhibition on paintings, drawings and sculptures in Art and Culture Hall,Shilong (1996) and Alt Space, Shillong (2005); he participated in several group exhibitions in Kolkota, ‘Thoh Shun’ at Dhaka, Amritsar, New Delhi, National Exhibition of Art at Ahmedabad, Third Biennial of Indian Drawings at Chandigarh. He has also attended several Art workshops, was awarded Artist of the Year by NE People’s Choice Award 2005; and is currently a isiting lecturer in the epartment of ultural & reati e tudies orth astern Hill University, Shillong, while being an active member of the apex committee of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

C. Douglas (b.1951)

his iploma holder in ainting from the o t. ollege of rts & rafts Chennai(1976), is a quiet phenomenon. He has held many solo shows in Germany, Netherlands and India. He has also participated in prominent group shows in India including VII Triennale, Germany, France, Netherlands, London, Peru and Sweden. He is the recipient of the National Award 1992, Bharat Bhavan Biennale award 1990, Govt. of India Cultural Fellowships (both junior and senior), Charles Wallace Trust grant and UNESCO grant, both of these in 1994. His works are in the 262

collection of Glenbarra Art Museum Japan and NGMA New Delhi.

Martin King (b.1957)

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Martin King is Senior Printmaker, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and Design from aul eld nstitute of echnology ostgraduate iploma ine rt ydney College of the Arts (1982), Master of Fine Arts, Monash University, Gippsland (2002). He has been visiting lecturer at many major Australian art institutions, visited and worked in France, Spain and England, exhibited and traveled in China and India. He has held numerous solo exhibitions in painting and graphics since 1982 -2011 in and outside Australia and participated in group shows besides Australia, in Germany, Turkey, Thailand, Hongkong, India, Japan, Switzerland, the USA, the UK, Philippines, Singapore, Korea and Taiwan. He is also the recipient of several awards and commissions.

K. Muralidharan (b.1954)

n alumnus of the ollege of rts & rafts hennai post iploma in ainting K. Muralidharan has over the years evolved a highly individual style of painting. His works are constantly in demand by art galleries and art lovers. He has been awarded multiple grants and scholarships: Govt. of India Cultural Fellowship – Senior; “Guest Artist” Glasgow School, Scotland; “Guest Artist Student” at the Stockholm College of Art, Sweden from Swedish Institute; Lalit Kala Akademi Research Grant; Govt. of India Young Artist Cultural Scholarship in Painting. He is the recipient of the National Award 1994, Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala ademi ward &’ hitra ala arishad angalore and rissa alit ala Akademi 1987. A participant in numerous art camps including Prof.Paul Lingren’s graphics camp in India and in China, Malaysia and Thailand, he has also held solo shows. Muralidharan has taken part in several prestigious group shows such as riennale ndia & harat ha an iennale 5 ational hi itions in ndia and weden and cotland. is paintings nd place in the collections of many important institutions like Lalit Kala Akademi, NGMA and galleries and art lovers.

Ravindra Salve (b.1957)

With training from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai in drawing, painting, sculpture and modeling & a indra al e is a sought after artist for group shows and art camps conducted by key organizations from all over the country since the 1980s. He has held some solo exhibitions and taken part in group shows also. He is much decorated with awards from: Maharashtra State 1981,82,92, Bombay Art Society1982,83,90,94, Art society of India 1982,83,90, Sir J.J School of Art Annual Art Exhibition 1981,82,83,84, AIFACS New Delhi 2002. He has executed murals for many prestigious institutions. Salve’s paintings and sculptures are part of many private and public collections.

R. M. Palaniappan (b.1957)

With a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting and post-Diploma in Industrial Design from the College of Arts, Chennai), he studied advanced Lithography at Tamarind Institute (USA) (1991) and was the Artist in Residence at the Oxford University (1996). He has held several solo exhibitions in India, UK, USA and Holland; taken part in numerous group shows and international shows at home and Singapore, Korea, Syria, Canada, Holland, Mexico, Cuba, the USA, Finland, Taiwan, France, Hawaii, Japan and Spain and visited on grants and scholarships Germany, England, the USA, France and Australia and held workshops in print making on invitation. He has curated many important shows including the ‘Major Trends in Indian Art’ on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration of India’s Independence, served as International Commissioner in 1995 and member of the international Jury in 2008 for Bharat Bhavan International Prints Biennale, 1995 and 2008; and was a member of the jury in the National Exhibition of Art, 2008. A recipient of several awards, honors and residencies including the Fulbright Grant, Charles Wallace India Trust grant, International Visitorship Program of USIS, and Senior Fellowship, Govt. of India, he is currently the Regional Secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.

Sam Adaikalasamy (b.1951)

Born in Thanjvur, Tamil Nadu, Adaikalasamy spent his childhood and schooling in alaysia. e trained in arts in ndia at the olleges of rts & rafts hennai and


Kumbakonam as well as at the M.S.University, Baroda between 1970 and 1979. Aformer designer at the Weavers Service Centre, he has taken part in several group painting shows including the National Exhibition of Arts continuously from 1976 to1994, 2nd Art Biennale, Bangladesh, Major Trends in Indian Art, Ccelebrating 50 Years of Indian Independence, Festival of Paintings at Cannes-sur-Mer, France and terracotta and ceramic shows. A Museum for paintings of Sam Adaikalasamy has been established at the Hastha Shilpa Campus at Manipal, Karnataka. He held his rst one man show recently.

S. G.Vasudev (b.1941)

Vasudev received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai (1968). He has been profusely awarded for his distinctive and iconic work – The National Award 1967; Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1965, 79, 88; Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1965, ‘77,’79; Govt. of India Cultural Scholarship 1964-66. He has held many solo shows in all important centres of India and in Canada, USA and Germany. He has participated in several group shows in India, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, USA, Japan, France, Cuba and Yugoslavia.Vasudev, who has been part of many important national and international group shows and art camps, is also involved in theatre.

K. Srinivasan (b.1935)

With a rst class diploma in d anced ainting this alumnus of the ollege of Arts & Crafts, Chennai, is a standing example of how passion drives the artist to realize his dreams. He came back to painting with a rare commitment after a hiatus of several years. Since then he has held solo shows regularly besides taking part in group shows and camps across the country. His striking paintings ‘Dots & Triangles’ have been shown in the National Exhibition of Arts and AIFACS exhibition in 2001.

Tamara de Laval

Currently working between Malmö, Karstorpsvik and Chennai, Tamara was educated at the College of Decorative Arts, Stockholm and Royal College of Art, Stockholm. She worked on a commissioned project of art at Saltvik Prison in Härnösand, Sweden for a year; and for the National Public Art Council of Sweden. She is member and curator of the artist group Meteor, making art projects in the public spaces. She is also a member of the artist group Aura. Tamara has held numerous solo shows in Sweden, Germany, Egypt and India; and many group exhibitions in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, India, Germany, France, Egypt, UAE, Mexico and Colombia. She has curated many major shows in Sweden, Egypt, Denmark, Scotland and India.

Tapas Konar (b.1953)

A B.A. in Fine Arts from Indian College of Arts, Kolkata (1980) launched him on an illustrious career. Tapas won the National Award (2002) and the Junior Fellowship from Ministry of Culture, Government of India (1995-96). Apart from two solo exhibitions in India and Netherlands, he has participated in many group shows in major Indian cities including the National Exhibition of Art and also in Hong Kong, China, Denmark, England and Netherlands. His works can be seen in the NGMA, New Delhi and at Birla Academy, Kolkata.

V. Ramesh (b. 1958)

Ramesh did his Graduation and Post Graduation in Fine Arts from M.S. University, Baroda. Since 1985 he has been teaching at the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam. He had held several solo exhibitions since 1990 in different major cities of India. A celebrated artist, he also took part in the Second Biennale at Havana, Cuba and Second Biennale of Art at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. He has won both the Junior and Senior Fellowship from the Dept. of Culture as well as the Sanskriti Award in 1993.

Vipta S. Kapadia (b.1954)

Armed with a Diploma in Interior Designing and Decoration from S.N.D.T. University, and a Diploma in Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting) from Sir J. J School of Arts, Mumbai, Vipta has held many solo exhibitions in Mumbai at various galleries. She was awarded the ‘Kala Ratna’ Award by ‘Kutch Shakti’ in 1996. She has also been part of a number of group shows including in Jakarta.

Lakshana Achuthan Kudallur (b.1945)

A self-taught writer turned painter, Achuthan has, by dint of his sheer vision and talent een welcomed with open arms y art a cionados. e con erted his medium of expression from Malayalam writing to abstract painting. Achuthan translates the sounds and sights of his native village of Kudallur into calligraphic chromatic strokes. He creates an entire emotional, intuitive world de ned y colors in une pected u tapositions. ery personal vocabulary, his work is intriguing –often it communicates very little, sometimes nothing! You have the impression that his paintings are breathing. The luminous power of his absolute colors gives an almost mythical power to his paintings. Lauded with the National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi in 1988 and the Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Academy Award in 1982, Achuthan has exhibited widely – In 1991: 7th Triennale India, New Delhi; in 2004 11th Triennale, India – New Delhi Exhibition of World Art; in 2001: Commissioner for the 10th India International Triennale, Delhi; in 1991: Rimbaud 91 - Indian Artist’ show Alliance Francaise, Chennai and France; in 1989: The Nehru Centenary Nature & Environment Exhibition, New Delhi, Czechoslovakia; in 1986,90: Biennale of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal and in 1991: 3rd Asian Art Show at Fukuoka, Japan.

Akkitham Narayanan (b.1939)

After a Diploma in Painting in 1961 from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, Narayanan studied monumental art under Mr. Jean Bertholle and engraving under Mr. Lucien Couteau between 1967 and 1970. is paintings are geometric con gurations of a stract forms a fusion of ndian tantric art and European geometric art. Akkitham Narayanan’s creations look at the apparently rigid geometry of nature in a subjective manner, and so the perspecti e change. is wor s are a stract reflecting a deeper understanding of nature’s varied colors and moods. he artist o ersees the picture plane with a classi cation of space through lines, angles, squares, rectangles, and so on. There is a clever use of color within each space. The blending of triangles and rectangles has a lyrical, emotive touch. Developing an indigenous art became a pivotal issue for Akkitham Narayanan while he was staying in Delhi during mid 60s. In late 60s, he went to Paris on a scholarship to study art there and settled down there about three-and-a-half decades ago. is can ases ecame more re ned. reati e e periments that spread across almost four decades ha e re ned his isual linguistics. Honored and awarded in both India and France, the artist has exhibited around the world.

A.Viswam (b.1950)

Viswam obtained his Diploma in Painting from the Govt. College of Arts, Kumbakonam (1974), and a Post Diploma in Painting from the Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai (1978). is uest is to gure out the forms of nature and its manifestations. is oils on canvas paintings depict abstract forms - seascapes, skyscapes, landscapes, turbulence of water, forces of nature – all in sweeping vertical, diagonal strokes of brushed color, merging highlighted, to obtain new colors and forms. Having exhibited widely - 2007 - Coast to Coast group show by Artworld, at Singapore; 2007 - One man show sponsored by ‘Originals’, Nagpur; 2006 - One man show sponsored by ‘Lakshana gallery’ at Chennai, Hyderabad; 2000 – Asian Biennale at Bangladesh; 2002 - Cultural Exchange program by Lalit Kala Akademi, Angara - Viswam has been prodigiously awarded as well. Some of these are National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1995; State Award Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Academy, Madras, some of these are National Award, 1995, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award for 50th year of art in Independence India, at Chennai, 1998, Awarded Senior Fellowship Human Resources, Dept. of Culture, New Delhi, 2002-2003.

K. M. Adimoolam (1938-2008)

Multi-faceted artist, Adimoolam is well known both for his exquisitely detailed gurati e drawings and his i idly colored a stract paintings. is oeu re straddles 263


an exquisite mastery of line with an understanding of symbolic potential of color. Perhaps the most renowned artist in South India, Adimoolam has been recognized throughout his career due to his unmatched draughtsmanship and emotive abstract paintings of the last three decades. dimoolam’s lo e of line and imaginati e gurati e imagery is a undantly clear in his pen and ink. Since the late 1960s when these highly celebrated drawings were e ecuted his monochrome gurati e pen drawings ha e seen a road spectrum of signi cant su ects. e t to this gurati e ody of wor are dimoolam’s powerful a stract paintings. His early series of semi-abstract monochrome works titled ‘Space’ depicted dynamic forms flying o er the earth or merging into hea y structures of seemingly transcendental meaning. His early oil paintings are similar in feel. His canvases ecame increasingly concerned with capturing his own ‘mind’s ourney through Nature’. Adimoolam passed nature through ‘planes of colors’ thus creating what he calls ‘an esoteric aura on a transcendental level’. dimoolam aims to achie e a gural description of the intangi le in his a stract paintings ust as he in ects the intangi le into his gurati e pieces. n this way oth bodies of work complement each other.

at the Oxford University in 1996. He was a recipient of several awards, honours and residencies including the Fulbright Grant, Charles Wallace India Trust Grant, International Visitorship program of USIS, and Senior Fellowship, Govt. of India. He has received rare honors: National Award, President of India’s Silver Plaque, RAZA Foundation for Visual Arts and International Prints Biennales of Bhopal and Taiwan. His works are included in many important auctions including Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Osian’s and Bonhams and Bid &Hammer. He has participated in numerous international prints exhibitions and important national level curated exhibitions by invitation; held 25 one man shows across the country glo e curated se eral e hi itions including ‘ a or rends in ndian Art’, the special exhibition organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of India’s independence in 1997; and also served as International Commissioner in 1995 and international Jury member in 2 for harat ha an nternational rints iennale also a ury mem er in the National Exhibition of Art , 1995 and 2008. His works are in prestigious collections and galleries the world over. He is currently Regional Secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.

Lingachary Munuswamy (b. 1927)

Thota Tharani (b. 1949)

With a Government College of Arts and Crafts diploma from Madras in 1953, Munuswamy has won the 1956-57 Government of India Scholarship for research in painting, the 1968 National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and the 1976 Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award, Madras. A stalwart within the Madras Group in the 1960s and an educator at the College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, Munuswamy remains the most enigmatic of all. The a stractions that he created had an international character particularly his af nity to Abstract Expressionism that manifested in his language. He maintains the credence of semblance-dissemblance, premised upon his manipulation of line and colour u taposed with prime al e pressions. e gradually arri ed at a pictorial language devoid of angles and straight lines. In his art, Munuswamy played out the deviant possibilities of line, space and colour to arrive at unusual results. Often using his colours to pitch opacity against transparency, he aimed at enhancing the luminous quality of his hues and tones. His melting colours and languorous lines playfully meander to transpose reality, turning almost iconoclastic to efface the drawn and de nite gure with a drifting contour or at times chasing a shifting gaze.

P. Gopinath (b. 1948)

After a Diploma in Painting from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai in 1966, Gopinath embarked upon two parallel quests: One, the achievement of pure plastic order, form order and the other, relating to nature. His work has always been related to Nature and the environment. The aesthetics of his multimedia art spells reductive imagery derived from his experiences of meditative silence and contemplati e am ience and the myriad influences of eastern and western art. Simple powerful lines, stylized imagery and bright expressive colors distinguish his compositions. Gopinath has been awarded by the State Lalit Kala Academy, Tamil Nadu; was nominated as Eminent Artist, Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi and represented India as Commissioner International Festival of Painting, France. He has exhibited widely. A few among the shows are - 1979 - Kala Yatra travelling show ndia ingapore alaysia 5 sia & aci c useum oland 5 ICCR Exhibition of Cholamandal Artists Village, Morocco; 1987 – 8th International Biennale of Art at Valparaiso, Chile; 1989 – Indiase Moderene Kunst, Kasteel at Arcen,Holland;1990 - 22nd International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France; 1991 – RIMBAUD-91 by the Alliance Francaise of Madras & Besancon, France; 1995 – International Biennnale of Prints, Bharath Bhavan, Bhopal; 1995 Sotheby’s Auction, Mumbai and 1980 - State Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala.

R. M. Palaniappan (b.1957)

An alumnus of the Govt. College of Arts Crafts, Chennai with Fine Arts Paintings and Post graduate with Industrial Design Ceramics, he studied advanced Lithography in Tamarind Institute (USA) in 1991 and was the Artist in Residence

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In 2000, Thota Tharani, popularly known as South India’s most sought-after Art Director, was awarded the Padmashri Award by the Government of India. This followed another prestigious he received – the Kalaimamani Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu. After his Bachelor’s Dip.and PG Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting), Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, he studied Printmaking under S.W. Hayter at his Studio ‘Atelier-17’, Paris. Tharani says, “Alphabets of all languages are beautiful. Expressing each letter especially ‘Thota’ meaning garden, was how I began the ‘Script Series’. His works are generally non gurati e and ery colorful. is series of paintings featuring ods and oddesses and a puts is ery famous. n the symphony of life music-inspired series Tharani moves to the intuitive sense of harmony, rhythm, and continuity to integrate his urges for freedom and re nement. he order has always been a crucial element in Tharani’s work. It suggests a work that is larger than its actual size especially when strokes break out of its boundary. His exhibitions include - 2007 ‘Mapping India – A Celebration of South India’, Dubai; 1991 ‘Force Series’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; 1986 Three Man Show with MF Hussain and Leila Pawar, at The Gallery, Chennai; 1985 With Sculptor S. Nandagopal, Titl Gallery of Non-Aligned Countries, Tito ; # 1983 Kanagawa International Print Exhibition, Japan ; 1977 American Contradiction, Paris; 1976 France Archives Municipales De Bordeaux, Austria.

Velu Viswanadhan (b. 1940)

A 1960 diploma-holder from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, his early wor was gurati e. e later e ol ed to e periment with a stract and geometric forms. Inspired by geometrical ritualistic-magical diagrams of his native Kerala, he explored the visual language inherent in them with a gradual evolution of form and color. Viswanadhan draws with a particularly arresting technique. The outline is drawn with thick stamping ink, and then oil paint is applied with a brush and the work washed with turpentine. The transparent and thin paint reveals the geometric forms. He lives and works in Paris now. He has exhibited, among other shows, at ‘Besides Paris’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, 2010; ‘Manifestations III’, Delhi; India Moderna, Institute Valencia d’Art Modern, Centro Julio Gonzalez, Spain 2008-09; Gallierie Espace, NGMA, Jehangir Art Gallery, Tao Art Gallery; Viswanadhan: Early Years, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2008; 2006, 04, 02, 2000, 1996 93, 89, 82 Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris; as well as several solo shows. Viswanadhan was awarded France’s highest civilian award, Chevalier des Arts et Letters in 2005; Premio Lubiam for Painting, Italy, 1978; Pris de la Peinture, Festival International, Menton, 1972; Nationa/ State Awards for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Kerala and Tamil Nadu 1968 and 1963.


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K.C.S Paniker (1911 – 1977)

Panicker’s early teachers were the bright hues of the lush green village where he was rought up. hese i rant colors influenced the colorful landscapes of his early years and stayed in his paintings e en later. is genius was e ident from his 2th year and y he was an accomplished artist e hi iting at the adras ine Arts Society’s annual shows. t 25 that he oined the o ernment chool of rts and rafts in hennai. e was deeply influenced y ndia’s great spiritual thin ers. ollowing these inner urges he started interpreting the country’s hoary metaphysical and spiritual nowledge in the s at a time when the influence of the Western painters was ery strong on ndian art sensi ilities. nown as one of the est metaphysical and a stract painters anic er held many one man shows in hennai elhi and later in ondon and aris. he e hi itions a road and his e posure to a stract artists li e al ador ali had influenced him deeply. hey were reminiscent to him of the weird ut spiritually uplifting gurati e e aggerations of traditional ndian art. ut he used the right i rancy of the colors his psyche was immersed in. ater in his artistic e olution anic er started using calligraphy and sym olism to pro ect a state of metaphysical abstraction.

K.V. Haridasan (b.1937)

saw aridasan pass out his iploma in ainting with flying colors from the chool of rts and rafts hennai. e was already a player on the art scene ha ing won the ward of amil adu cademy in and participating in the ational hi ition of rt regularly . Well nown for his oil paintings on can as aridasan was also honored with the ward and old medal of erala cademy and the ali ala uras aram ward for rt erala cademy. n he e hi ited his ‘ antra’ series of paintings at he ritish ouncil hennai and umar allery ew elhi. e isited ussia ermany and rance on cultural e change in and participated twice in the nternational riennale ew elhi e hi ited ‘ rahmasutra’ series of paintings ew elhi. ‘ 2 and . e edited rt rends maga ine and ecame rofessorand later rincipal at he ollege of ine rts ri andrum erala. uch feted he e hi ited his uni ue eo antra wor s all o er the world was awarded the enior ellowship epartment of culture o ernment of ndia 2 5 was nominated minent rtist em er alit ala ademi ew elhi pu lished a oo ntimations on rt ndian and Western and also won ‘ alit ala uras aram’ ward for art erala cademy in 2 .

K. Ramanujam (1940 – 1973)

. amanu an was a self taught artist as a young impo erished oy who sold small pen and in drawings to scrape together a s impy meal. e was the classic unfortunate penurious artist and there was nothing romantic a out that. cept the rilliance of his art its fecund and fantastic imagery its original techni ues and the dar outpourings of his imaginings onto the can as. trou led artist struggling with his own self image amanu an was a schi ophrenic. ani ar his teacher and rincipal at the chool of rt and raft adras o ser ed that he clung to his solitary gift of painting to eep the depression from setting in. amanu am uic ly a sor ed the techni ue of painting at the art school and egan to paint a profusion of pictures each a detailed record of a fantastic dream he had had. he artist often fused the personal the a surd and the eternal. nli e his own personality his drawings were assured with huge old and intricate patterns and minute details. e went on to stay at the holamandal rt illage and came to e nown as a holamandal artist. e slipped further into despondency. t was the est time of his art career his wor s were getting recogni ed. n fact the renowned ri an an architect eoffery awa commissioned amanu an to do three huge murals for otel onnemara in hennai. othing lifted him from his depression though. e died tragically young at the age of .

V.Viswanadhan (b. 1940)

iswanadhan studied at the adras chool of rts under . . ani er and was one of the founders of holamandal artist’s illage in . e tra eled to urope in and in held his rst e hi ition at alerie de rance in aris. e has had o er 5 e hi itions in museums and galleries throughout the world among them the entre ompidou in 5 etrospecti e in ew elhi and arl orough allery in 2 . Within the conte t of contemporary ndian art often concerned y gurati e realism iswanadhan stands out as a uni ue artist. n the West the stract pressionists sought their inspiration in astern philosophy. iswanadhan in ersely loo s for the mysterious and miraculous af nity etween Western a straction and a continual search for matter and meaning which progressi ely synthesi ed into geometric harmonies of color and light.

Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951)

anindranath agore orn in alcutta was the son of unendranath agore. anindranath’s rst formal training in pastel watercolour and lifestudy was under the super ision of his pri ate tutor ignor ilhardi. e attended the studio of harles almer an nglish painter for instructions in oil paintings and portraiture. n 5 he painted the rishna ila series which display a uni ue lend of oth uropean and ndian styles. . . a ell rincipal alcutta chool of rt on seeing these paintings was impressed and offered anindranath the post of ice principal of the chool. nder a ell’ s guidance he studied ughal and a put styles of painting thoroughly. anindranath the painter was esta lished as the creator of a new national oca ulary in art and he helped to regenerate the decadent art and aesthetic scene in ndia. he ndian ociety of riental rt was esta lished to promote the anindranath style on the national plane. t was anindranath who ushered in the modem art mo ement in engal. t was his rush which rst ga e con incing proof that the ndian artist had his own contri ution to ma e to the world of painting. s ageswari rofessor of rt of the alcutta ni ersity he ga e a series of tal s which were rare aesthetic illuminations unparalleled in its simplicity and informalism. is other oo s on art include anglar rata haratshilpe urti haratshilpa and haratshilper adanga all earing the imprint of his great depth profundity and simplicity. is prose has a distincti e uality e en the most comple su ect is rendered in a simple unassuming style re ealing the essence of his genius.

Atul Bose (1898- 1977)

orn in ymensingh ast engal tul ose was a proli c ndian painter and graphic artist. ose studied at the tate ollege of rts and rafts in alcutta of which he later ecame director and at the school of the oyal cademy of rts in ondon 2 2 . e was one of the founders of the ational cademy of rt. is wor reflects the e perience of uropean realistic painting. e wor ed in oils watercolors and pastels ut preferred to use oil as the medium of his creati ity. is paintings were mar ed y sensiti e representation of an artist well ersed in the technical nuances of his trade. he careful delineation of details was yet another characteristic feature of his paintings. e painted psychological portraits . agore 52 he ermitage eningrad and genre pictures oatman omrades and did a series of drawings on famine in engal .

Gaganendranath Tagore (1867 - 1938)

orn into the agore family in ol ata aganendranath agore as a self taught artist and nephew of the great a indranath agore. aganendranath had ery little formal education in fact he had a ery short spell at the t a ier’s chool where he too a rief interest in drawing and painting and a riefer still one in academic studies. is interest in life and later art was limited to and conditioned y his lo e for e erything swadeshi. n he founded the ndian ociety of riental rt along with his rother anindranath agore ut aganendranath remained the mo ing spirit ehind it. oming form a political ac ground his wor seems to e inspired and his imagination carried away y anything ndian or riental. is earliest s etches and 265


landscapes date back to 1905.While his landscapes bear a Japanese stamp - he was inspired y apanese artist o oyama ai an. is wor also shows a great influence of e perimentalist art pre alent in urope in the late ’s. e was e tremely pro cient in the uropean watercolor techni ue. uring he e ol ed a new language of humor and satire in caricature. n 2 2 he e perimented with cu ism producing a series of pictures lled with lended geometric forms. e later de eloped his own rand of cu ism most of his work in the process moving towards geometric compositions. is wor can thus e roadly di ided into speci c phases. rush wor with apanese style some with gold ac grounds portrait s etches illustrations for ee an mriti water color s etches of rural engal the imalayan studies the haitanya series caricatures of ndian life his semi cu istic e periments pictures of folk lore and representations of the symbolism of death and the other world.

Hemendranath Majumdar (1894 – 1948)

orn in what is now angladesh emendranath a umdar was a painter of e ceptional talent. lthough he was praised for his ne treatment of pastels watercolors and chal s his real s ill lay in the way he handled the oil medium. Women of his nati e engal most athing or draped in wet saris are considered a umdar’s classical trademar . renowned and thri ing painter of the uropean academic style in the ol ata of 2 s emendranath was a close associate of anindranath agore ut was ne er won o er y the ideals of the eo engal chool that the agores founded. n 2 a umdar founded the ndian cademy of rt’ at his own residence in ol ata. enowned artists li e ha ani haran aha ogesh handra eal amini oy and tul ose were acti ely in ol ed in the cademy’s acti ities. he academy’s rst tri monthly ournal was pu lished in 2 introducing upcoming artists and printing reproductions of their wor in full colour. he ournal also pu lished serious essays on contemporary art y arious artists. emendranath a umdar also pu lished picture al um called ‘ ndian asters ’ in which the paintings of almost all the important artists selected from all o er the su continent were reproduced. n he was in ited y the ahara a of ashmir to wor in the palace and later emendranath a umdar was of cially appointed ‘ ourt ainter’ of the ahara a of atiala. uring this period in his career he e ecuted many oil paintings that still hang in the courts of many a asthani princely states li e odhpur ad i aner. fter ndependence in emendranath was in ited to paint a mural to decorate the ll ndia e hi ition in which he e celled all his pre ious wor .

Jamini Roy (1887-1972)

orn in a small illage in eliatore an ura district West engal amini oy oined the o ernment chool of rt ol ata in . e egan his career y painting in the ost mpressionist genre of landscapes and portraits ery much in eeping with his training in a ritish academic system. et y 25 oy had egun e perimenting along the lines of popular a aar paintings sold outside the alighat temple in ol ata. y the early s oy made a complete switch to indigenous materials to paint on wo en mats cloth and wood coated with lime. he inspiration for painting on wo en mats was the te tures he found in y antine art which he had seen in color photographs. t occurred to him that painting on a wo en mat might ma e for an interesting mosaic li e surface. oy’s re ection of the then modern style of painting and his foray into the realm of engali fol paintings mar ed a new eginning in the history of ndian modern art. he mother and child adha and animals were painted in simple two dimensional forms with flat color application and an emphasis on the lines. he main su ects were often enclosed within decorati e orders with motifs in the ac ground. he gure of the hrist was also a su ect that oy often painted. oy held se eral one man e hi itions and numerous group shows. is wor s can e found in se eral pri ate and pu lic collections institutions and museums all o er the world including the alit ala cademy in elhi and museums in ermany and the United States of America. e was honored with the adma hushan in 55. amini oy died in ol ata where he had lived all his life.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

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a progressi e family their home a hu of social acti ity and culture a indranath received no formal training in painting. Rabindranath transformed his lack of formal training of art into an advantage and opened new hori ons in the use of line and colour. e was proli c in his paintings and s etches as he was in his writing producing o er 25 of these within a decade. er 5 of them are preser ed in iswa harati antini etan. t is e ident that in his search of newer form of e pression in line and colour Rabindranath was trying to express something different from what he did in his poetry and songs. f he sought peace and enlightenment in his songs he seems to e plore dar ness and mystery in his drawings. ar creatures and haunting landscapes of another primordial and mar elous world which constituted agore’s wor s pu le and delight the world.With the passage of time critics and art lo ers ha e een disco ering in these outpourings from the depths of his fanciful mind a more modern and dis uieting agore than they see elsewhere. n his life he em odied the uintessence of ndian culture com ining an a undant intellect with a de out passion to his cause and his inspirational compositions ha e stood the passage of time. agore’s contri ution to the art of ndia remains one of the most important till date.

Open Eyed Dreams Alex Mathew (b.1957) le

athew o tained a national diploma in sculpture at ri andrum ine rts in followed y a post diploma from . . ni ersity aroda . is wooden gures were mostly car ed in a manner suggesting the indissolu le and integral lin s of humans with the earth world they come from hinting at the spiritual as well as the erotic. athew won a scholarship to the och chule fur ildene unset in West ermany recei ing an e posure to uropean artistic trends expressionism among them. a ing wor ed in hmeda ad ew elhi andya and ysore he settled in aroda teaching sculpture at . . ni ersity since . is e hi itions include one at hemould om ay e en oung culptors ew elhi 5 uestions and ialogues aroda le haya arshan ene a imeless rt om ay ong of the ar imes ew elhi ehangir rt allery and hemould om ay parrow om ay 2 eutsche an ollection om ay years of ontemporary ndian rt ew elhi ecent rends in ontemporary ndian rt adehra allery ew elhi 5. rather stri ing feature of his later wor is that he lea es a lot of the essence of the original material he uses. he tree trun s he car es from retain their rooding preoccupations. athew has e hi ited widely in the ma or galleries in ndia as well as in ene a.

George Martin (b.1973)

eorge did his achelor of ine rts culpture from ollege of ine rts hiru anthapuram in and aster of isual rts culpture in 2 from o ernment ollege of rt & raft ol ata. he rst recipient of rt ndia aga ine’s romising rtist ward in 2 5 eorge artin’s wor s are a riot of luscious color. e paints a magical iew of the world around us which appears to e spinning at a di ying speed. is acrylic a stractions e ude energy and are an ultimate representation of modern ur an life. artin’s recent solo shows include ‘ a ities’ at alette rt allery ew elhi in 2 ‘ ost rticle’ at ndia a itat entre ew elhi in 2 and ‘ ootloose of lue encil’ at om ay rt allery um ai in 2 . he artist has also participated in a num er of group shows the most recent eing ‘ rom urface to rigin ourneys hrough ecent rt rom ndia and hailand’ at allery oulflower ang o in 2 ‘ hifting errains ltered ealities’ at the hrine allery and mpire rt ew elhi in 2 ‘ mages r an eon’ at rt allery u ai in 2 and ‘ ncode ecode’ at alette rt allery ew elhi in 2 . artin has also won the ashi isual rt ward in 2 5. he artist li es and wor s in elhi.

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N.N. Rimzon (b. 1957)

fter a . . in sculpture from the ollege of ine rts ri andrum 2 im on did his . . in sculpture at . . ni ersity aroda . n he o tained an . . with distinction from the oyal ollege of rt ondon where he studied on an In lakhs scholarship. nspired y erman realist and e pressionist guration of the day he did e aggeratedly naturalistic and then distorted gures of human ulnera ility. His idiom has imbibed elements of the Conceptual and Minimalist attitudes. his allows for his asic shapes to induce multifarious associations leading to a reconstruction of meaning and values. His approach is essentially post-modernist as well as ndian. im on’s later wor ha e a greater simplicity and immediate power. he irthan ara li e gure of austerity the earthen pot denoting a fertile woman violated by a weapon or charged with energy, the egg and the couple are regular motifs. im on’s solo shows were held at rt eritage ew elhi chool’s allery msterdam . he main participation’s are e en oung culptures ew elhi 5 years of ndian rt ational allery of odem rt ew elhi rt and ature ew elhi 5 he ther elf ew or and tadeli useum msterdam 5 2nd sia aci c riennale ris ane ire and ife ew elhi .

Prasad Raghavan (b.1968)

rasad studied graphic design at the ollege of ine rts hiru ananthapuram. e then worked as a visualizer at various advertising agencies. inema had captured his imagination. is ad lms ha e won the ew or d ertising esti als sia aci c ‘ he Wor ’ wards and a annes ion. rasad’s art in ad ertising won him many accolades ne how ew or esign 2 annes ion ilms 2 annes ion oster 2 5 ritish esign & rt irection oster 2 5 . rasad started off his artistic career y ‘ma ing posters of his mo ie clu a door’. e made use of well nown lms and their histories and manipulated their isual and te tual codes to create a parallel dialogue with the intended and aspired histories. e showed his artwor s at a ose rishnamachari curated show at the useum allery um ai ‘ hot ilt’ at allery um ai 2 and internationally at rt wang u wang u outh orea 2 he ro an Wor s two persons show ontemporary u ai 2 ndian popular culture and eyond he untold the rise of schisms lcala adrid 2 ideo Wednesdays allery space ew elhi. erything Willem aars ro ects msterdam 2 . erywhere is war and rumours of war odhi rt um ai. rasad’s wor s ha e found their place in the collections all o er the world. e li es and works in New Delhi.

Rajan Krishnan (b.1967)

a an rishnan completed a achelor s degree in conomics . . ainting at the ollege of ine rts hiru ananthapuram and a aster s degree at the aculty of ine rts . . ni ersity aroda. a an rishnan s art is sensiti e to his immediate natural en ironment. is

early works are slightly sentimental in their depiction of childhood memories of home, but this phase seems to have given way to a more assertive cynicism that unflinchingly records the sudden and sweeping changes wrought on the landscapes he has known and loved. rishnan has had a olo show at ashi rt allery ochi ittle lac rawings 2 . is group shows include ift for ndia a indra ha an ew elhi iniature ormat how allery ans ache um ai nnual how erala alita ala ademi ochi 2 ross urrents daira entre for rt & ulture ydera ad 2 2 ree esti al ort ochi 2 2 egional entre hennai 2 ou le nders ehangir rt allery & useum allery um ai adehra rt allery ew elhi allery umu ha angalore and ur ar all art centre ochi 2 5. e as also participated in many art camps and wor shops rishnan has een awarded the erala alitha al ademi award 2 . e li es and wor s in ochi erala.

Reghunadhan With a

2 in culpture o t. ollege of ine rt ri andrum and a in culpture ni ersity aroda eghunadhan was one of the founding mem ers of the ndian adical ainters and culptors ssociation. e has participated in the adical roup’s historic show at the own all in alicut erala and he ishermen illage rt amp in erala during . is recent e hi itions include anthal family organi ed y in ntwerp elgium curated y rand Watson. e participated in ou le nders um ai ol ata ew elhi angalore ochi 2 5 e was a resident at the international camp in um ai 2 5 e has presented a signi cant ody of sculptures in two ma or solo e hi itions in 2 at ashi rt allery ochi and in 2 at om ay y om ay rt allery. e participated in group shows et it happen with im on and a an rishnan allery ochi 2 and hanging in he ine rt ompany um ai 2 . e has also participated in arious shows li e emem erin hupen ashi art caf ochi and group show y ri a contemporary iru ananthapuram.

Sosa Joseph (b. 1971)

osa got her iploma in ainting a a a i arma ollege of ine rts erala and ost raduate iploma in ainting . . ni ersity aroda. he artist in estigates the emotional and spatial qualities of her environment and that of her personal life, blurring the boundaries between the two in works that have great visual impact. We confront the artist’s world of reality often crossed with fantasy. n added depth is proposed y the sensuality suggested y mo ements and te tures. he visibility of layering underscores the importance of the painting process itself, while the mi ing and re mi ing of her colors ena les her to achie e su tle chromatic and te tural nuances with thin layers of paint. he has held solo e hi itions he ommon alerie irchandani teinruec e um ai 2 and ‘ enacity of the oon’ at ashi rt allery ochi 2 5. er wor has een included in group e hi itions at chneider useum regon ntimate e elations chneider useum of rt regon and pen eyed reams ur ar all rt enter ochin 2 anchatantra ashi rt allery ochi ri a ontemporary rt allery ri andrum and ashi rt allery ochi 2 .

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. alasu ramanian nown as aala. is a renowned freelance artist who completed his achelor of ine rts in and then o tained his aster of ine rts in from the o t. ollege of rts & rafts adras ni ersity. Initially he focused on the contemporary mode, oil on canvas and relief works and simultaneously e perimented with etchings. rom 5 to 2 he wor ed on etching prints. ome of these wor s nished in sculptural manner using arious types of printmaking techniques, have been prominently installed. He continues with this mode to date.As these works consist of innumerable materials cumulated together with a ma imal approach they are time consuming. is wor s can e de ned as Wor s with innumera le materials cumulated in ma imum simplicity 267


creating works of art with maximum complexity”. Baala.R utilizes the vagaries of material forms, with their own skill, enhancing their multi-dimensionality to blossom themselves in the fundamental concept. It is also an attempt to establish the reality that art forms a bridge between spirituality and science; which means a material manifestation of an interface between the realization of ‘truth’ and the guidance to objective practices.

Project88 Atul Bhalla (b. 1964)

Atul studied at the College of Art, New Delhi (B.F.A.) and Northern Illinois University, U.S.A. (M.F.A). He lives and works in New Delhi, India. His body of work is a constant quest, a thirst. An attempt to understand water; how he perceives it, feels it, eats it, drinks it, washes in it, bathes in it, swims, wades, sinks or will drown in it. How he drenches, soaks, douses, moistens, quenches, dilutes, dampens, cleanses or puri es. ow he e cretes tears sweats or urine. ow the water falls drops floods inundates le els uoys lashes gushes swells and ripples. ow it exists as fog, mist, cloud, steam, snow, sleet, rain, or puddle. How it contains or is contained. How it is dammed or bottled. Some of his solo exhibitions include ‘…Within/Without…’ Aicon Gallery, London (2008), ‘Remarking the River’ Anant Art Centre, Noida, New Delhi and Project 88, Mumbai (2007) and ‘Immersions’,Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi. He has participated in several residencies organized by Khoj including ‘48º’ (2008), ‘Eco+Art’ (2007), ‘Dilli Dur Ast’- a month long residency within the old walled city of Delhi (2006), and ‘Black Box Exercise’ (2006).

Mahesh Baliga (b.1982)

ahesh is intrigued y accustomed isual nowledge the dif culty in reading wor s from unlikely angles. He tries to subvert the standard mode of comprehension.The humor and absurdity that arise from the mundane plays an important role in his works, sometimes turning satirical. Objects from day-to-day life enter the frame and transcend their original locations. hey are dou le edged and gi e out in nite meanings. He tries to see the nuanced layers of an image, the idea from which it originated and the meaning it produces, the whole of which may be realized in any form, painting or sculpture. His works speak for multiplicity rather than any singular vocabulary. It is like experimenting with visual representations, pondering over the working logic of art making without any particular premise, sometimes becoming a subject himself. There is interplay between the verbal and the visual, translated often by wit and ruminations on the odd and unexpected. There is an effort to imagine another reality defying formalist realities. There are no single entry or exit points. His recent show Confabulations shows his dealings with possibilities. The inaccuracy of an awaited result is converted into strength.The unsaid and the invisible lead us to an unidenti ed terrain to an une pected new train of thought where the line is thin between truth and untruth.

Monali Meher (b. 1969)

Monali graduated from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, 1990. In 1998 she received ‘ nesco sch erg’ esidency in ienna and had her rst performance eflect personal window display, Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. She participated in 20002001, Residency at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. In 2006, she performed at Tate Modern Museum, London in Mapping Mumbai event, and her work was shown at Nederlands Een group show in Gouda Museum,Holland, Dadao international performance festival, Beijing, China and 1st Sinop Biennale, Turkey in 2007, 2010 National review on live art, Glasgow. In 2008 she exhibited at Rijksmuseum Twenthe & performed at Khoj Live, New Delhi. In 2009 she received the support of Mondriaan foundation for the performance, In Determination, Art Dubai. She participated in the show Rebelle (Art & Feminism) at MMKA Museum in Arnhem and had solo shows in Project 88, Mumbai & Lumen Travo, Amsterdam. She received LIVE Fonds by funds BKVB, Amsterdam. Monali lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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C. Dakshinamurthy (b.1943)

Dakshinamurthy studied at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, in 1966 and was a British Council Scholar in Advanced Print-making at Croydon College, UK in 1978. His inspiration comes from people. He gets ideas by observing them – their moods, postures, gestures, etc. Appreciated internationally for his captivating granite sculptures and individualistic style of painting, his visual vocabulary derives from yyanar gures and frican sculptures. e sculpts in different inds of stones ceramics, bronze, etc.As a versatile artist , he paints in mixed media acrylic, crayon, watercolor, ink on paper and canvas. He has exhibited frequently and widely the world over. To name just a few - 196280 - National Exhibitions of Art, New Delhi; 1966, ‘69, ‘71,73,77,83,84,98 - Oneman shows in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai; 1973 - Seven Indian Artist’s show in Australia; 1978 - Group Show at Morley Gallery, London; 1978 - One-man show at Croydon, UK; 1979 – Group show at Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1981,89 - Group show, Mumbai; 1982 - 9th International Triennale of Coloured Graphic Prints, Switzerland; 1986 - VI Triennale-India, New Delhi; 1987 - 7th International Small Sculpture Exhibition, Budapest, Hungary; 1991– VII Triennale-India, New Delhi. Dakshinamurthy has been honored with Awards by Madras State Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, in 1963,’65; Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai in 1976,’81 and with National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1985.

P. Perumal (b. 1935)

Perumal graduated in Fine Arts (Advanced Painting), from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai in 1957. He later taught at the same college, 1973-88. Perumal paints with oil on canvas with expressive brush strokes and knife. He also creates sculptures in terracotta, bronze and drawings with charcoal and ink on paper and canvas. His childhood memories of rural life - the landscape, multifaceted Indian village, divinity, fairs, festivals, folk songs, dances, rituals, ceremonies, exciting rural sports - “All these have served as oxygen to my art”. The plain and pensive paintings evoke our sympathy and concern for the underpri ileged on the fringe of society. ull of linear motifs the gures are lean and lanky with sloping shoulders and elongated limbs.The colors are dark, somber and mute in keeping with the themes. His shows include his solo shows at Lalit Kala galleries, Chennai, in 1982,92,2007; the 34th Annual Exhibition of the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, 1973; All India Exhibitions of Prints, Government Art Gallery Chandigarh, 1979, and the 11th All India Exhibition, Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath, Bangalore, 1988. His laudable work has been recognized by - Madras State Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, 1963 & 67; Tamilnadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai, 1979, and the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1991.

M. Suriyamoorthy (b. 1944)

After graduating from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, 1963, Suriyamoorthy M went on to become a scholar in State Lalit Kala Akademi,Tamil Nadu in 1963-65, and a National Scholar at MS University, Baroda, 1965-68. Suriyamoorthy has evolved his own unique style. He created his own colors after his Siddha practitioner father’s death, from the medicines that were in disuse. He mixed various ingredients to achieve different colors - ground sea shells for white, natural gum from trees and collected waters from the major rivers of India. This formula that he evolved over many years of experimentation would help his works retain their painterly qualities, color and brightness, for more than half a century. He works in various mediums like acrylic, oil, pastel, ink on paper and canvas. Suriyamoorthy’s exhibitions include International Art Exhibition, Romania 1998; International Biennale, Bulgaria: Drawing, Printing & Graphics, 1995 & 1997; International Association of Art, under the sponsorship of UNESCO, New Zealand, 1990; 3rd Biennale International Pastel Exhibition, France, 1992; Biennale Van De Kleingratiek, 1993 and Sinj – Niklas, 1993 – 1994. Over the years, his many awards have included the First Indian Drawing Biennale, Chandigarh, Major Art Trends in India, National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and the prestigious Award from International Biograhical Centre, Cambrigde.


S. K. Rajavelu (b.1941)

Rajavelu graduated from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Madras in 1963; was a Govt. of India Cultural Scholar under KCS Paniker in 1963-64 and a National Scholar under NS Bendre at MS University, Baroda in 1964-65. He was later Dy. Director, Weavers’ Service Centre, Government of India,Vijayawada. He employs striking linear line drawings, line and colors in various mediums like acrylic, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolors on paper and canvas. He’s accused of painting explicitly erotic pictures, but he neither defends nor disowns them, just moves on to his next canvas, without getting into controversy. The human form fascinates him in totality - he doesn’t break it up into fragments. As he says, “Who am I to tear asunder what God conceived and created as an integral whole? I can express my love of life in the only language I know: line and color”. He has exhibited since 1960. A few notable shows were - Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, 1972 and Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore,1975, apart from all major shows at State, National, and international levels all over India and abroad. Rajavelu received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1967, and was felicitated by Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai in 1987.

Sumukha Art Gallery Abir Karmakar (b. 1977)

Abir Karmakar has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, 2001, and a Master’s Fine Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts at M. S. University, Baroda, 2003. His signature works are casual and voyeuristic self-portraits, where his naked body in intimate settings speaks an intriguing body language. The provocative eye contact he makes with viewers communicates his interpretation of sexuality and the fluid nature of identity. Abir Kamarkar’s solo shows include ‘Within The Walls’ at Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai, and Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2008;‘In The Old Fashioned way’ at Aicon Gallery, London, in 2007; ‘Interiors’ at Gallere Heike Crutz, Berlin, in 2006; and ‘From My Photo Album’ at the Museum Gallery, Mumbai, in 2005. Amongst the recent group exhibitions in which his works have been featured are ‘Changing Skin’ The Fine Art Company, Mumbai, 2010; ‘India Awaken - Under the Banyan Tree’, Essl Museum, Vienna, 2009; ‘New Fables: Contemporary Voices’ at Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘Long Gone & Living Now’ at Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai, in 2009; ‘Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art’ at Aicon Gallery, New York, in 2009; ‘Mutant Beauty’ at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008-09; ‘A Mazing’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; and ‘Gallery Weekend’, Baumwollspinnerei Factory Complex, Leipzig, in 2008. He lives and works in Vadodara.

Anthony Roche (b.1974)

Some of his select exhibitions include a Solo one - Brand India, at Samuha Artists’ Collective, Bengaluru, 2009, and Group shows , Suvarna Karnataka at CAVA Art Gallery, Mysore, and the Annual Show at Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bengaluru, in 2006.

Archana Hande (b. 1970)

Archana graduated in Printmaking at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, in 1991, and completed her M.F.A from M.S. University, Baroda in 1993. Archana’s artwork and creative practice has always spanned diverse modes,venues, concerns and forms.This also sees her taking on roles of a curator and organizer.A well-known project of hers is www.arrange ur own marriage.com, 2002 to 2008 a web and installation project that investigates the structure of arranged marriage and the entire package that comes within religious tradition. Other projects include All is fair in Magic White, Relics of Grey, Tales of Patachitrakar, etc. From 2001-05, Hande was a member of Open Circle, an artists’ initiative based in Mumbai, organizing many public space events; in 2004, she was an artist and organizer in the World Social Forum, Mumbai; curated the show A/P Artist Proof for Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; in 2005, she lead the delegation for Seeds of Peace and in 2006, she worked as designer on the play “Orientation” for a London-based

theater company. She has also written articles for a couple of Indian publications. She has participated in many national and international group shows, among others: Sites of Recurrence (Borås Konstmuseum, Sweden and Dakshinachitra, Madras), The Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India (Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Asia Society and Museum, New York; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey), Art Circus (Yokohama Triennial 2005, Japan), Icon of the Millennium (Mumbai), Are we like this only? (Delhi), and Gift for India (Delhi and Mumbai). Archana’s versatile work has been awarded with a Junior Fellowship, Human Resource Development, Government of India, 1995-97; Charles Wallace India Trust Arts Awards; Residency in Glasgow School of Arts, UK, 2000-01, and Majlis Fellowship for Visual Arts, Mumbai, 2007-2008. She lives and works in Bombay and Bangalore, India.

Ayisha Abraham (b.1963)

Born in London, Bangalore-based artist Ayisha Abraham got her BFA in Painting at MS University, Baroda, India, in 1987; participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York City in 1991, and completed her MFA at Rutgers University, New Jersey, in 1995. yesha creates e perimental lms that e amine narrati es of identity memory and history, representing their inherent complexities by intercutting dislocated images and sounds. n eptem er 2 5 her lm traight was screened at the rishti e hi ition at rs lectronica in ustria. er short lm ne Way was screened at the Directors Fortnight at Cannes, May 2007. She is a member of a Bangalore artists collective, BAR1 and works as a visual arts consultant at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. Some of her recent exhibitions include Night Shift, Collaborative Exhibtion with Dina Boswank, Max Mueller Bhavan, Bengaluru and Video Art India, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 2010; Subterranea, Samuha Artist’s Collective, Bengaluru, and Material Texts, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, 2009; Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008; Film Tales, Gallery SKE, Bengaluru, 2005.

Barbara Ash (b.1966)

Born in London, U.K., Barbara lives and works between Bristol, U.K and Bangalore, India. Her work looks at issues of social conditioning, using toys and babies as motifs to explore cultural identity and hierarchies. Notable among her numerous exhibitions are Sugar & Spice (solo show) Kashi Art Gallery, Kerala, in 2009; Second Bangkok Triennale, selected by Tetsuya Noda,Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Art & Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, touring to various institutions around Thailand; Adam’s rib, Eve’s air in her hair, curated by Melina Messina, Brooklyn Museum, SOHO20,New York, U.S.A., 2007; Sculpture in the Workplace, curated by Ann Elliott, Two Person Show with Laura Ford, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, U.K., 2006 and Beauty & Corruption, Crawford Open 3, curated by Eugenie Tai, Brooklyn Museum & Hugh Mulholland, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Ireland, 2002-03.

Chintan Upadhyay (b. 1972)

Chintan has resisted easy pigeon-holing from the beginning. As a young painter, he was exposed to both the miniature paintings of Rajasthan and the abstract expressionism of his father, a teacher at the Jaipur School of Art. Chintan left the Jaipur School of Art to continue his studies in Baroda, where. intrigued by the scope for meaningful juxtapositions, he began experimenting with a series of still lifes. n his nal year at art school he found his metaphor to depict o ects in a phallic manner in order to communicate the commodi cation of se uality. Moving to Mumbai, he experienced a sense of alienation from its inhabitants which he translated into “pictures that are alien-like. His paintings are themselves “critiques of painterly, established norms.” In each painting, he seeks to instill a sense of movement and possibility. His own approach to art is that of a quick-change artist. He doesn’t want his paintings to be a signature. Chintan has created several soft-form, toy-like animals and giant baby sculptures. He lives and works in Mumbai. Some of his exhibitions are: Nature God, Sakshi Gallery,Taipei,Taiwan and Mistake, India Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 2010; Khathi Mithi, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2009; Pet Shop,Ashish Balram Nagpal Galleries, Mumbai, 2008; Mix Match, a performance 269


produced in Performance Festival Ex Teresa, Mexico and Finding India, MOCA, Taipei, 2010; Finding India, Seoul Convention Centre, Seoul, Korea 2009.

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Jasmeen Patheja (b.1979)

ushpamala attended angalore ni ersity in studied culpture at the aculty of ine rts ni ersity aroda and completed her achelors and then her asters degree in 5. he artist is nown for incorporating popular culture into her wor . he has adopted various popular personas and ironic roles to examine issues of gender, place and history. he comic aspect of her wor carries a particularly sharp edge in her photo ased installations and pro ections. er ma or solo shows recently ha e een otherland li e performance in colla oration with amta agar amuha rtist ollecti e engaluru 2 aris utumn hemould rescott oad um ai ose acia allery ew or and ature orte ew elhi 2 2 ushpamala photo performance wor ature orte and ose acia ilan aris utumn alerie urcher aris 2 and Walsh allery hicago 2 among others. er international e hi itions include ‘ e en oung culptors’ a indra ha an ew elhi 5 ‘ imeless rt’ imes of ndia . . tation um ai ‘ ears of ’ ational allery of odern rt ew elhi 5 ‘ elling ales’ ath esti al rust tra eling e hi ition ngland he mpire tri es ac ndian rt oday aatchi allery ondon 2 halo ndia ew ra of ndian rt ational useum of ontemporary rt eoul 2 . ushpamala has recei ed many honors including the ational ward gold medal at the i th ew elhi riennale harles Wallace rust ellowship for residency at t. artin’s chool of rt ondon 2 the enior ellowship ndian inistry of uman esource e elopment 5 . he li es and wor s in Bangalore.

asmeen studied ne art at the rishti chool of rt esign and echnology angalore. he has een a fellow at arai 2 5 and is currently a fellow at sho a nno ators for the u lic. 2 2 . asmeen is also a fellow resident at the ademie chloss olitude tuttgart 2 2 . er wor s use a range of media from photography ideo installation sound performance and the log and are inter entionist y nature. eople and interaction form the asis of her wor . he photographs almost ‘anything’ tangi ly ranging from children family weddings and the city streets to young ‘heterose ual’ oys in eicester in women’s garments. ome of her e hi itions are unning mo photography as eer engaluru elhi um ai and ol ata ndia 2 lan oise ction eroes audio installation curated y mma ta rts hiyoda o yo and oments of a ong ause 2 channel ideo lan oise for er Wor is e er one curated y ose rishnamachari allery um ai 2 oments of a ong ause 2 channel ideo lan oise for group show treet rt. treet ife curated y ydia ee ew or 2 and lan oise ction eroes audio installation for What o ou Want curated y athy ae uffman at ornerhouse as part of the sian riennial anchester . asmeen li es and wor s in angalore and ol ata.

K.T. Shivaprasad (b. 1947)

hi aprasad eered away from engineering college to study at ir chool of rt in um ai o taining a diploma in painting in . ranscending the early influence of uropean stract pressionism he today e plores the relationships etween reality and illusion inspired y ndy Warhol and the 2 th century op rt mo ement. n the late s hi aprasad painted a series of male nudes and later portraits of illagers in natural en irons which soon ecame more a stract than gurati e. in to the great ritish modernist ucien reud hi aprasad’s wor has won national and international acclaim. is can ases reflect the great pleasure he has nally found in his painting and a deep connection with his su ects. e also is an a id photographer and architectural consultant. he artist has had many solo e hi itions ey ones eing at ehangir rt allery um ai in 2 and 2 a shi allery in hennai and angalore in and 2 ntitled he useum rt allery um ai 2 prestigious collecti es li e the hopal iennale in the om ay rt ociety entenary n itees show in allery ong ong in ontemporary ndian ainters ehangir allery omain olland ew elhi 2 he useum rt allery um ai 2 ymro a rt allery and roup how at ehangir rt allery um ai 2 . n2 hi aprasad was conferred the prestigious arnata a a yotsa a ward y the state go ernment. e li es and wor s in assan arnata a.

Princess Pea (b. 1980)

rincess ea did her & from the ollege of rts ew elhi ndia. he was a s inny girl with an e traordinarily large head. a ing grown up with the eauty ideals of olly and ollywood she had always felt out of place. ut full of grit she transformed into an artist called rincess ea partnered with o ean rt and is now nown for putting up a tongue in chee ght against commerciality of fashion industry. he artwor of rincess ea portrays fractions of a world which uestions the relationship etween traditional and contemporary iews on eauty. rincess ea’s approach to the distorted paradigms of eauty and fashion is entertaining. he colourful art pieces with elephant parades u les and references to etty oo are far from gloomy indeed humorous. er solo shows include upercarlifragilistice pialidicious lac all tudio ondon 2 and upercarlifragilistice pialidicious o ean rt ndia rt ummit ew elhi 2 . roup shows include ow and hen curated y hefali omani hrine mpire allery 2 ompensation for what has een lost curated y ohnny ra ancore rt allery erala 2 isual ialogue curated y eter agy ature orte ew elhi 2 5 and here’s a place in the un curated y ohnny rishnan’s ollection rt allery ew elhi 2 . rincess li es and 270

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Pushpamala N. (b. 1956)

Surekha (b.1965)

ure ha completed her diploma in ainting from the en chool of rts angalore in and her in ainting from ala ha an antini etan in 2. he was also rtist in esidence at the arau wit erland in . n paintings photographs or wor s which in ol e the ‘needle and thread’ ure ha manages to em ody new trends that helps her wor interact with the iewer. he has a num er of shows to her credit including nclaimed ur an f r ictions amuha engaluru hancery ane allery ong ong ostumes d’enfants miroir des grands uimet useum aris oung rtist u arest iennale umania 2 lames lowers and ther mages sculpture photo and ideo installation hemould rescott oad um ai 2 and ommuning with r an eroines photo and ideo installation a ueller ha an engaluru ehangir rt allery um ai rimson rt allery angalore ista’s rt allery alayatra angalore and athaus arau wit erland . he has also participated in arious group shows prominent among these eing en angalore ‘Women rtists ’ ydera ad and ‘ dge of the entury’ ew elhi 1999. ure ha li es and wor s in angalore.

Y. Jayamma

orn in arnata a ayamma is a retired lecturer from ducational ollege ysore who de otes all her time to her art. ailing from a family that held an important position during the ahara a’s rule super ising many of today’s heritage uildings in ysore she has e hi ited at the 5 th ll ndia annada iterature air and the ysore assera hi ition. ayamma li es and wor s in ysore ndia.

he araway ree Aneesh K. R. (b. 1986)

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With a achelor of ine rts painting from the o t. ollege of ine rts hennai neesh has distinguished himself with est utgoing tudent ward in 2 and the econd ri e in ational e el outh esti al. e has e hi ited at the following shows n e hi ition of paintings group show at m assador alla a hennai 2 5 n e hi ition of paintings’’ group show at


Alliance Francaise (Pondicherry 2006); An exhibition at Prakrit Gallery (Chennai 2007); ‘Between the lines’ in Lalit Kala Akademi (Chennai 2008), ‘KINETICS’ group show at Chitra Kala Parishad (Bangalore 2009); ‘Never before’, The Faraway Tree gallery (Chennai 2009) “Integrating times” Gallery Blue spade (Bangalore 2009); “In dark I can see light” group show at Seven Art Ltd (Delhi 2010); ‘Works on Paper’, The Faraway Tree Gallery (Chennai 2010) and ‘WHAT RULES?’ a group show at Nature Morte (Berlin). Aneesh lives and works in Chennai, and likes participating in camps supporting causes - by Santhivanam trust for mentally disabled (Trichy 2007) and by Mukthi foundation for disabled (Pondicherry 2008), as well as the National Camp conducted by Lalit Kala Akademi (Karnataka 2010)

Aparajithan Adimoolam (b. 1972)

With a BFA in Painting from Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai in 1996, and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda, in 2001, Aparajithan lives and breathes art. A selection of his Group exhibitions from 1998 through to 2011 has to include ‘No Balding nor Tangling the Hair’, The Faraway Tree Gallery, Chennai; ‘Works on Paper’, The Faraway Tree Gallery, Chennai; ‘Missing Links ll’, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; ‘Southern Contemporaries”, Indusvista Art Gallery, Mumbai; ‘Missing Links’, Gallery Sumukha, Chennai; ‘Major Trends in Contemporary Art’ – Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai; Exhibition of Sculptures, Saffron Art, Mumbai; ‘Take two – The Chennai Chapter’, Gallery Sumukha, Chennai; ‘Expressions: The Art Within’ for “Drishti”, Coimbatore; ‘Drawn Memories and Painted Shadows’, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai; ‘Similarities and Dissimilarities’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; ‘Parampara’, Threshold Art Gallery, Vishakapatnam and ‘Human Form and Art’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. He has been honored with the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi award for Painting in 1998 and a Junior Fellowship from the Culture Department, New Delhi, 1998. He is a frequent artist at camps, some of which are ‘Fluid Signs: Perceptions and Identity’, Artist camp, Dakshina Chitra, Chennai, 2006, International Painters Camp from the SAARC Nations, Lalit Kala Akademi, Hyderabad, 2005 and All India Painters’ Camp at CCMB, Hyderabad, 2002. Aparajithan lives and works in Chennai, where he has also been on the faculty of Government College of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Communication, Madras Christian College and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai.

Ebenezer Sunder Singh (b. 1966)

Ebenezer is a prodigious artist whose work has been widely exhibited. Starting off with a Diploma in Fine Arts – Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, India in 1989, he did Illustration and Printmaking, Charles Wallace Scholarship, Kingston University, Surrey, UK in 1999, a Fulbright Scholarship - Painting Books at Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Massachusetts, USA in 2003 and an MFA from Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Massachusetts, USA in 2009. All along, he has been exhibiting – Solos as in ‘Holy Smoke and Other Works’ – New York, USA, ‘Thus Spake Zarathustra’ – Drawings and Sculptures –Mumbai, India, ‘Ebenezer, A Decade, Works 1997 – 2007’, Munich, Germany, ‘Sharing the Planet’, Oil paintings and bronze sculptures, Mumbai, ‘White Nights’, acrylic paintings and erglass sculptures ew elhi ‘ ene er ecent Wor s’ acrylic paintings and

erglass sculptures um ai ‘ lind an’s rofession’ acrylic paintings and erglass sculptures ew elhi ‘ enses’ acrylic paintings charcoal drawings and wood carvings, Berlin; Germany, Painting books and Fiberglass Sculptures, um ai ‘ alloon an’ painting oo s and erglass sculptures hennai ndia ‘Neti...Neti....’ , prints, drawings and paintings , Kingston University, Surrey, UK, ‘Kayittraravu’, acrylic paintings and ceramic sculptures, Chennai, ‘The Hollow men The Stuffed Men’, acrylic paintings on handmade papers, Chennai. He has also exhibited in many group shows, curated by the best curators, all over the world. Ebenezer lives and works in New York

Natesh Muthusamy (b. 1960)

Natesh has a Diploma and Post-Diploma in Fine Arts, Painting, College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. He lives, works and exhibits profusely in New Delhi & Chennai. Some of his Solo shows include Recent Drawings, Dakshina Chitra, Chennai, Recent canvases and presentation, Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai and Drawings, Madras Terrace House, Chennai, in 2010; ‘Tiger’, Acrylic Paintings, Madras Terrace House, Chennai and ‘Missing Link’, Paintings, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2008; Drawings, Alliance Francaise, Chenna, 2004; Recent Paintings, Mural, Installation, Alliance Francaise, Chennai; Paintings, Performance, Installation, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai and Paintings, Alliance Francaise, Chennai in 1999; ‘New Paintings’, Alliance Francaise, Pondicherry, Chennai, 1998 and Paintings, Alliance Francaise, Chennai, 1997. His Group Shows include “Mudhras Meaning and Metaphor” with German Artist Ernst Hesse, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, ‘Collaboration’, Multimedia Exhibition, Apparao Galleries, Chennai, 2000 and at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1999, Kamal Nayan Gallery, Mumbai, Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore and Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai. Natesh is known for his striking installations, a few of which are listed here - ‘Walk on’ ltra iolet nstallation holamandal rtists illage ‘ wo irds’ ite peci c Installation, shore of Bay of Bengal, DakshinaChitra, ‘Two Brains’, Polyurethane construction, The National Camp for Installation Art, Lucknow, ‘The Bird’, hollow steel structure, Alliance Francaise, ‘Megalomaniac’, photograph, water, Alliance Francaise, ‘Shiva’, welded and mounted photographs, Alliance Francaise, ‘Water’, Max Mueller Bhavan lawns, ‘Spooky Tales’, Amethyst, British Council, ‘Nungamba 2’, Alliance Francaise, ‘The limits of transgression’, Max Mueller Bhavan, ‘Tippu Sultan’, Installed at The theatre production of Madras Players, ‘Rope tree’, Hanging foam structure, Alliance Francaise, ‘Sky is the limit,’ televisions, scaffoldings, Max Mueller Bhavan, ‘Green, something pyramid’, cane structure, Alliance Francaise, ‘Ganashyam’, and Installation, lighting design, production design; Pandit Ravi Shankar and company.

Suresh Panicker (b. 1980)

Suresh Panicker holds a BFA from the Government College of Fine Arts, Thrissur in 2006 and an MFA in Painting from the University of Hyderabad in 2008. He uses images of local flora in his wor which con ey socio cultural messages a out our environment. According to him, interior and exterior spaces create a sense of the transcendence and e press man’s longing for the in nite and the unsullied. e tries to bring to light this innate nature of man. Suresh has participated in a number of group exhibitions. He was awarded the ACK Raja State Memorial Award in 2006 and a Research Scholarship by the Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi for 2008-09. He currently teaches at the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum.

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acknowledgments

Working Committee

Kria Team

Deepa Udday Minnie Menon Preeti Garg Mahita Suresh Prasanna Kumar Raju Durshetar Shiva

Pranali Daundker Sharmistha Ray Hussain Khanbhai

Advisory Board Jogen Choudhry Pradipto Mahapatra Prashant Tulsyan Rajashree Pathy Ramesh Ramanathan Revathy Menon Sethu and Priya Paul Sreeram Iyer

JWT Team Anita Vanita Vallabi Arjun

Color Pepper Sandeep Kamble

Cosmic Global Limited Priya Tulsyan Pooja Dhingra

PDM Team Sameer Sethi Leena Bhattad

Taj Hotels Sonika Jain Prakash Deepa Harris

Rotary Club of Madras Cholamandal Artist Village Shanti

Art Residency Artists Arpana Caur Babu Eshwar Prasad Benitha Perciyal Binoy Varghese C. Douglas Chandra Bhatacharjee Goerge Martin K. Murlidharan K. P. Reji Lavanya Mani Minal Damani Mithu Sen N. N. Rimzon Parvathy Nayar Paula Sengupta Piyali Ghosh Puja Puri Rajan Krishnan S. G.Vasudev Satyanand Shipra Bhattacharya Shuvaprasanna Sosa Joseph Sudanshu Sutar Sujith S. N. V.Vishwanadhan Zakkir Hussain

Participating Galleries Apparao Art Galleries, Sharan Apparao Artworld, Biswajit & Sarla Banerjee Asharaa, Roopa Shetty Ashvita, Ashwin Ayya Art Gallaries, Raja DakshinaChitra, Debbie Tyagrajan

Focus Art Gallery, Mayur Shah Forum Art Gallery, Shalini Biswajit Galerie 88, Supriya Banerjee Gallery Espace, Renu Modi Gallery OED, Dilip Narayan Gallery Sri Parvati, Lakshmi Venkatraman Gallery Sumukha, Premilla Baid Lalit Kala Akademi, Palaniappan Prakrit Art Gallery, Meena Dadha Project 88, Sree Goswami SAFION, Athreyaa, Lakshana, Art & Soul Prabhakar Krishnan The Faraway Tree Gallery, Pal Ramanathan

Sponsors Enmas Kirtilal Club Mahindra

Seminar Speakers Sandeep Reddy Sanjay Parthasarthy Nirmalya Kumar Ranvir Shah Bhavna Khakhar Abhay Sardesai Ashrafi Bhagat Arshiya Lokhandwala Gayatri Sinha Chaitanya Sambrani Suman Gopinath Mukesh Panika

Moderators Saloni Doshi Girish Shahane Oindrilla Maity Surai

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