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Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh

Ina Puri (Editor)
Synopsis This book takes the reader on a journey that is quite unique.  For the first time ever, you are allowed an insider's view of how the artist works in his own private domain-at work in his studio.  This is a private space of introspection or feverish activity, with the artist in solitude and in dialogue with his work. Nemai Ghosh, celebrated for his stills of Satyajit Ray's films, captures painters from Benodebehari Mukherjee, Jamini Roy to Manjit Bawa, Arpita Singh, sculptors Ramkinkar Jaij to Dhruva Mistry at work, as they paint or sculpt.  Chronologically, the volume traverses half a century, giving fascinating and rare vignettes of the names many an art aficionado is able to identify only through their signatures.  The journey of the ace lensman maps the length and breadth of India and beyond to Paris, where Raza lives.  The book captures haunting portraits of Somnath Hore in his last days, M.F. Husain starting and completing a painting during the course of the shoot, Tyeb Mehta, K.G. Subramanyan, Jogen Chowdhury, A. Ramachandran, Ram Kumar, Rameshwar Broota, Nilima Sheikh, Madhvi Parekh in various moods of introspection as they are absorbed in their own and unique creative processes.  Collaborating on the project, editor Ina Puri and the eminent art historians and art critics Geeti Sen, Keshav Malik, R. Siva Kumar and Samir Dasgupta write on the deeper connect between art, artist and his/her philosophy, merging the visual and textual content with sensitivity to what remains at all times the focal point, the artist's working process.  Documenting such rare photographs and works, the volume will remain invaluable as archival material for times to come.
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About the author

Ina Puri

A native of Kolkata, Ina Puri has been curating exhibitions and working for the promotion of the arts, in India and all over the world, for over fifteen years. Her books include Journey with a Hundred Strings (a memoir of Padma Vibhushan Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma) and a pocket book on Manjit Bawa. She is currently working on a biography of Manjit Bawa; a cultural biography of Shantiniketan, and pocket books on Jogen Chaudhuri and thota Vaikuntham. Ina has produced a film ‘Meeting manjit’ on Bawa, directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta. She divides her time between Delhi and Kolkata.

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Title Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh
Author Ina Puri
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.10.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Art Alive Gallery
Language: English
isbn 9788190184458
length 387p., Figures; Plates; 36cm.