The zigzag artist

Fifty-three-year-old Dodiya is part of a transitional generation in Indian art – he once palled around with modernist masters Tyeb Mehta and Akbar Padamsee in Mumbai, and now easily strides the global art circuit. The critical turns in his career have also been the hinge points for the Indian art world. It wasn’t just images that obsessed Atul Dodiya, but also stories, and how to tell them. He read widely and deeply, he was part of an amateur film society. He loved poetry, particularly Gujarati poets Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Labhshanker Thaker, and the Marathi-English poet Arun Kolatkar. He was mad about the movies, from Bollywood to Satyajit Ray and Claude Chabrol, Andrei Tarkovsky and Francois Truffaut. “You think in one language, but explain it in another.” Read More

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