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  • Meet Pandurangaiah Daroz, the M. F. Hussain of Indian Pottery

    Pandurangaiah Daroz is to Indian pottery what M. F. Hussain is to Indian art. His ceramic installations are massive — large murals for hotels or office lobbies, huge abstracts and massive facades. But Daroz also revels in small pots, vases, bowls, plates and tiles. As an art critic put it, “Daroz’s ceramic images address and…

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  • Laxma Goud: Bringing eroticism alive with every brush-stroke

    I called Laxma Goud a few days after the sad demise of his wife Ramulamma Goud. He was a shattered man. She was ‘my pillar of strength’, he said to me. We mourned together in silence. Laxma Goud, a Padma Shri recipient, is a very humble man. But a proud man. I had heard other…

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  • Artist Charan Sharma on painting prayers and puppets with love

    Charan Sharma is a painter of prayers, creating canvases that are hymns of joy and devotion. From humble beginnings in Nathdwara, Charan has graduated to a luxurious lifestyle in Mumbai, metamorphosing at work from traditional renditions to contemporary stroke-play. He is today much sought after by elite collectors and his works adorn the homes of…

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  • The Banker whose Art is Worth more Zeroes than you can Count

    Krishen Khanna lives in a beautiful bungalow in the tony DLF 1 neighborhood of Gurgaon. As I ring the doorbell, I expect to be ushered in by the house-help. But the door is held open by the legend himself. Krishen Khanna. Art maestro. Genius. Padma Sri. Padma Bhushan. 92 years of age. Yet, ram-rod straight….

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  • Vinod Sharma: Every Artists’ Best Friend

    I was first introduced to Vinod Sharma as the artist all artists want to befriend. A smile never leaves Vinod’s face. Jovial, warm and effusive, 64-years old Sharma is the perfect picture of bonhomie. But none of this easy demeanor distracts from his artistic genius. So, Sharma ji where did it all begin? I studied…

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  • Painter Rekha Rao: Keeping Her Father’s Legacy

    My first meeting with Rekha was on the cruise from Stockholm to Oslo. Graceful, soft-spoken, mild-mannered and very very polite: Rekha is the epitome of good upbringing and great lineage. A pleasure to be with, always. Your father KK Hebbar is one of India’s best known painters. Is it burdensome to live in the shadow…

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  • GR Iranna: Searching for Life within Art

    I first met GR Iranna at an Art Camp in Scandinavia. At first I found him a bit dour, and distant. Pronouncedly aloof, socially inert. But as he opened up bit-by-bit, he came through as a warm, emotive and sunny individual. Full of humour. Full of knowledge. Full of ideas. Limning Heterotopias… the intersection between…

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  • Painter Seema Kohli on conception of the Eternal Truth

    I first met Delhi-based Seema Kohli in Prague two years ago. We were together at an Art Camp. I was most impressed by her sharp-strokes, her surrealism and her speed. The elaborate gold in her paintings make them rich, impressive and impactful. And, treasures for a life-time. Seema, the painter, gives wings to her women….

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  • The transformation of Calcutta to Kolkata, via art

    From the treasures of East, Shuvaprasanna’s work depicts all he has witnessed from the transformation of Calcutta to Kolkata. As he states, ‘There isn’t another city like Kolkata anywhere in the world.’ Tell me about your early years and your early learnings in Art… From very early age, I’ve always been interested in drawings and…

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