Obsessed by Ariel and Sebastian, this sketch/drawing/illustration for Ds Art Works part six, is a whimsical watercolour and ink – dive in! “Life under the sea, is better than anything they got up there” – The Little Mermaid Continue reading The Emerald Sea : DsArtWorks Six
For most dancers honing their craft and body is an endeavour that stretches across a lifetime. It is a journey of the self through arduous hours of training, of bending and breaking the body into various positions, and drilling movement, sequences and steps within that same body. It is often about reaching a place within that is untapped, scared and unknown, and asking it … Continue reading Arms – Catch and Release
When we talk of Bharatanatyam and the course of its journey from east to west there is only one women and her discipline and delight in this form of classical Indian Dance that truly complete that story, and that is none other than Balasaraswati. Born to one of the last musical families of the South of India, Bala’s historical import in the modern … Continue reading A Dance story for 29th November 2014 : Balsaraswati
I remember getting english homework in junior high that guided us to write our own Haiku’s. The example we were given to follow in the 5-7-5 On (or translated as syllables for writing one in English) was : A caterpillar, this deep in fall– still not a butterfly. I didn’t know then that the example we were given was of the great and revered Japanese … Continue reading There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; There is nothing you can think that is not the moon.
VRATHA – a Sanskrit word that is often used across India in various dialects and languages to signify ‘fasting’, means a ‘sacred vow’ in its truest translation. The Hindu in contemporary times, very much like their brothers and sisters from antiquity, offer a range of prayers, mantras, gifts and sacrifices to their Hindu Pantheon. With each day of the week ascribed to a specific God, … Continue reading Karva-Chauth
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
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
Is the Natya-Shastra a manifesto and tool for the contemporary artist ? According to me, it absolutely is – Yes! The Natya-Shastra, an approximately 2210 years old text with the main purpose, as I see it- is that this was and is a text that offers an infrastructure for the dissemination of creative knowledge. This infrastructure has been applied up to the … Continue reading The Natya-Shastra – Manifesto & Tool
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?
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!?