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Modern & Contemporary Indian Art Acquisitions

Before you try to find it, let us clarify right away that there isn’t a common thread connecting the five artists in our Spotlight this month. The art of Bhupen Khakhar, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Manisha Gera Baswani, Dibin Thilakan and Gopa Trivedi are covered by the umbrella term ‘modern and contemporary art’ but this slightly worn and contested label does not begin to describe the universe of influences these artists draw upon or the sheer versatility of their oeuvre. The works of these five artists were recently added to the Sarmaya collection and we’re taking this chance to introduce them to you and acquire a deeper understanding of the recurring themes that inform their art. From dress codes to natural disasters, and from self-discovery to social experiments—everything provides grist for the artist’s mill. Let’s find out how these five unique perspectives distill moments of truth and beauty from the chaos of everyday life.

Dibin Thilakan – Tales of the Land

When confronted with his captivating canvases, you dive head-first into the stories told by his sinewy figures, floating amidst ebullient swirls of colour