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The Time of My Life: Memories, Anecdotes, Tall Talk

Krishen Khanna (Author)
Synopsis These are charming stories of a childhood in lahore, bustling with drunken shoemakers, friendly fruitsellers, bachelor uncles, Tayaji defeated by a rat and Chachaji hunting for a bride. But what, one wonders, is one of India's most reputed artists doing writing stories that read like Paiji's tales from a charpoy? Not a hint that the boy growing up at 2, Maclagan Road would abandon his comfortable bank job for Art, unless you consider a perfunctory line in the beginning about his "compulsive itch" to draw. True, the latter half of this slim volume, promisingly titled Adventures in Art, features artists like M.F. Husain, Satish Gujral, Akbar Padamsess and Ram Kumar. But it's as if Khanna has trawled his impressive past-as member of the Progressive Artists Group, participant in world triennales and biennales, over 40 one-man shows and come up with trivia! That day in the 50s when Ram Kumar sold his first painting and his friends took him to York for a celebratory breakfast that cost him a month's budget; the indecent proposal Akbar got after exhibiting his first nude; the misadventures in Paris and more.
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About the author

Krishen Khanna

Krishen Khanna, b. 1925, is one of India's most reputed artists. He worked as a banker from 1948 to 1961 before deciding it was far better to follow his destiny as an artist than to stay in a secure job. A member of the Progressive Artists Group, Bombay, he has held more than forty one-man exhibitions in India and abroad, and participated in all the important Triennales and Biennales in the world - at Sao Paulo, Venice, New Delhi, Tokyo and elsewhere. His work is represented in several major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. A recipient of the Padma Shri, he divides his time between Delhi and Shimla.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Time of My Life: Memories, Anecdotes, Tall Talk
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 067004931X
length xiv+184p., Illustrations; 21cm.