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.
We could not have asked for a more perfect location for this very special debut
"Modern, contemporary, ancient, folk. All of these terms really dissolve in the face of art-making."
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
Starting in the 16th century, Christian themes went viral in traditional Indian art. Shubhasree Purkayastha explains how it all began
Exploring the magnificent, mammoth traditions of Indian 'miniatures'