Mehendi – Art and Tradition

As the festive season of Gods and lamps winds down in the Hindu Calendar, India’s “sixth” season and most prolific industry begins, and that is the great big Hindu-wedding season. This year it has me thinking of two things – the Hindu custom of fasting for the long life of one’s husband, i.e. Karava Chauth and the ritual of applying henna. Hence I decided to … Continue reading Mehendi – Art and Tradition

The Existential reflected in Camus’s “The Outsider”

In The Outsider, (or some of you might know it as The Stranger) Albert Camus gives us one man, his dead mother, a stranger, a lover and a murder. Intrigued? I was too, and today bears witness to my 9th read of this book. Published in 1941, this was Camus’s first ever novel to be published.  Why did I title this post “The Existential reflected … Continue reading The Existential reflected in Camus’s “The Outsider”

Antonin Artaud Part II

Yesterday we left Artaud urging the true Surrealist to amputate the mind! In fact Artaud takes this directive further and claims that the ‘surrealist’ has judged the mind and in doing so he has discarded with the “my” and “only mine” aspect,  thereby making him – emotionless and dreading the moment in which he will find himself with a critical mind. So free of the … Continue reading Antonin Artaud Part II

The Art Market and The New Normal

As I was preparing myself to board my flight for Hong Kong, I realised that these last few days have been a time of instruction and revision. Instruction for the self on time-management and revision through experience when that time is not managed well. This often repeated understanding of lost-time and lost-opportunity never coming back, had my mind wandering into all areas – deliberate and … Continue reading The Art Market and The New Normal

What is Contemporary Art?

Contemporary Art is understood by some as all art produced post World War II, whilst others define it as art produced “within our lifetime”, and then there is the tiny fact that Roger Fry and his contemporaries founded and established The Contemporary Art Society, London in 1910.  So, trying to define Contemporary-Art within a set time-line, to me, seems an extremely fallible methodology. So, how … Continue reading What is Contemporary Art?

ARTDubai : Will the real Art-Work please stand up!?

People covered by their religion, in a city covered by excess, where every street corner has a sheesha- bar and  a person speaking Hindi/Urdu – welcome to Dubai! My sole purpose in visiting Dubai was to look, find and purchase Art being presented and showcased at Art Dubai (http://www.artdubai.ae/). Standing tall like a scaled up version of a leggo city, Phantasmal – my name for … Continue reading ARTDubai : Will the real Art-Work please stand up!?

Delhi – The City of Poets

  In the City of Amir Khusro and Ghalib, where couplets are inscribed in the very air that you breathe, where odes have been written of unrequited love and the pain of  separation from the Divine. It is in that city – Delhi – where the search for satiating one’s heart, mind, body and soul begins with verse and ends in verse. In the shadows … Continue reading Delhi – The City of Poets

Delhi – What’s in a Name?

1947, the year of India’s independence saw the government initiate a process of name changing for its landmarks, cities, and states. A process that is very much ongoing till today. Seeing this as an effective, immediate and yes, simple way to change the shadow cast by the British in India, by eradicating the Anglicized names, many in government saw this as a way to exorcise … Continue reading Delhi – What’s in a Name?

Delhi, a city of Power and Change

A city that is currently most identifiable as the capital of the free and democratic nation that is India has had a history that is painfully beautiful. She has served as the capital for modern India, since the year 1911, when the British made her their capital seat. She served as a center for political thought and control for the Mughals before and continues to … Continue reading Delhi, a city of Power and Change