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August 17, 2015

Replaying the Legends of Baroda

Text by Huzan Tata

A retrospective show in Mumbai takes you through the works of two artistic geniuses

Breaking conventions was probably unheard of in the 1960s. But two Baroda-based artists did so, and earned a name for themselves in the process. Legends of Baroda, a new show in Mumbai, takes a look at the most popular works of K.G. Subramanyan and the late Bhupen Khakhar, both stalwarts of Indian art. The retrospective show takes viewers through the artists’ creations, which delved into themes of homosexuality, mythology, and tradition.

Artist Profiles

Bhupen Khakhar A self-taught artist, Khakhar was involved with the seminal Narrative Figurative Movement when he moved to Baroda for a course. Khakhar, whose works have been exhibited the world over, is known for his figure drawings and lack of inhibitions while creating new works. Later in his career, the artist also dabbled in watercolours and ceramics.    

K.G.Subramanyan A participant in the Indian freedom struggle, the painter, sculptor and muralist is known for his extensive knowledge of Indian art. Subramanyan mentored several artists including Ghulam Mohammed Shaikh, Vivan Sunderam and Jyoti Bhatt. Known as one of the greatest pioneers of modern art in India, he now lives with his daughter in Baroda.   

Legends of Baroda is on display at Gallery 7, Mumbai (G3, Oricon House, 12/14 Rampart Row, K. Dubash Road, Kala Ghoda) until August 28, 2015.

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