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Reverse Swing: Artistic production in the era of institutional cop-outs
The sudden love of the Centre for museums and galleries, in the absence of any attempt at evolving a well-thought-out ‘policy’ on the matter of cultural institutions, reeks of cunning instrumentalism seeking to transform these museums into agencies of chest-thumping propaganda.
Reverse Swing: Ramakant Gundecha – Breath As Music
In what was an emotional moment for fans of the renowned Dhrupad maestros, the Gundecha Bandhu, the late Ramakant’s place on stage was filled by his twenty-five-year-old son, Anant at a concert in Chennai last week.
Reverse Swing: The Many Uses of Gandhi
As a mandatory icon, his portrait hangs in government offices, courts, buses, police stations, universities. As a pop icon, he manifests in various avatars on calendars fluttering in the breeze in millions of homes, restaurants, shops. Every city and town in the country has roads and buildings and localities named after him, with statues and sculptures of various kinds at prominent junctions.
Reverse Swing: Proof of the Pudding is in the Grocer’s Bill
In the big bad world of cunning men with their terrible striving, you live there where you have the papers thereof.
Reverse Swing: Revenge as the New Rasa
‘Nirbhaya’s rapists are heading for the gallows, and sections of society claim that this ‘eye-for-an-eye’ reprisal satisfies the ‘collective conscience of its society’ and provides emotional closure to a pent up sense of injury to the victim’s kin as well as to the masses in general. Some thoughts on revenge.
Reverse Swing: Normal Kashmir, Abnormal India
We are encountering unprecedented levels of abnormality in India.
Reverse Swing: From Made up Art History to Art History in the Making
We are now just over a hundred years old with the history of our art history. A certain narrative and linear sequence has been established. Landmark moments have been etched. And, yet, the gaps in the canon seem stunning.
Reverse Swing: Shah-nama: One by One
As Amit Shah captures increasing floor space within the BJP architecture, he also seems to be perfecting along the way, this art of quickly lighting a few small fires to take attention away from the big ones.
Reverse Swing: Howdy, Modi?
Of course, we remember how you were smothered with the ra-ra cheers of your 19,000 Hindutva groupies at Madison Square Garden, when you pushed your way in soon after you had been elected Prime Minister.
Reverse Swing: The National Gallery of Modi-rn Art
The NGMA is an art institution whose charter is to promote, develop and showcase the best of art as well as to map the mind and critical voices of the nation through the artistic creations of its leading practitioners. To suddenly convert it into a venue for a jumble sale of the Prime Minister’s bric-a-brac is like a massive insult to the ethos of what it stands for and a repudiation of 65 years of its contribution to furthering the language of modern art in the country.