Inside the Issanama

The art, the conversations, the muse

In December 2018, the curtains went up on a very special show that lies at the intersection of art and history, and offers lush evidence of the plurality and syncretism inherent in Indian culture. Issanama or the Christ Commission is a unique collaboration between an artist steeped in ancient art practices and a patron alive to the contemporary challenges of myth-making. Our spotlight explores how Sarmaya founder Paul Abraham and the third-generation traditional Indian artist Manish Soni have explored the conflicts and ideas illuminated by the life and times of Jesus Christ.

Meet the Muse

The Issanama may be the story of Jesus, but it draws from a syncretic narrative of history as embodied by Emperor Akbar's incredible Hamzanama folios