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Gandhi in Raza

Nandalal Bose, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Ashok Vajpeyi, and SH Raza

The iconic modern Indian painter Sayed Haider Raza returned from France to India, his homeland, to spend the last five-and-half years of his life and artistic career.

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The iconic modern Indian painter Sayed Haider Raza returned from France to India, his homeland, to spend the last five-and-half years of his life and artistic career.
Throughout his life, Raza continued to feel deeply interested in the Gandhian ideals, inspired by the concepts of truth and peace. The image of the Mahatma remained etched in his mind since when he was 8 years old and he first saw Gandhiji. Towards the end of his life, in 2013, Raza did a set of paintings by way of his tribute to the Mahatma and this book Gandhi in Raza is an attempt to put together these artistic works in perspective and context. Thinker Gopalkrishna Gandhi, also Gandhiji’s grandson, and Raza’s close poet-critic friend Ashok Vajpeyi have contributed to the volume with an essay each. This book also carries an essay written by the master artist Nandalal Bose to provide a historical perspective and to recall the deep interest the Mahatma had in arts.

Raza almost musically, certainly rhythmically, creates a Gandhi saptak through this set of works exploring the conceptual universe which the Mahatma created: Characteristically Raza inscribes on one of his works the last words the Mahatma uttered before he dropped dead to the bullets of his assassin and on the other a favourite hymn of the Mahatma, a verse by the medieval poet Narsi Mehta. Raza, following the footsteps of the Mahatma, had been coming back to the theme of ‘peace’ in many of his works over the years. So here is the great master artist, Sayed Haider Raza, exploring some key concepts of the Mahatma in his own idiom, a rare series relating both to the subject—Mahatma, and the creator—Raza.

Nandalal Bose (1882–1966) was one of the pioneers of modern Indian art and a key figure of Contextual Modernism. A pupil of Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose was known for his ‘Indian style’ of painting.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi (born 1946) is a former senior diplomat who has also served as Governor of West Bengal (2004–2009) and Secretary to the President of India K R Narayanan (1997–2002).

Ashok Vajpeyi (born 1941) is a Hindi poet, critic, editor, culture-activist and a close friend and aide of S H Raza.

Sayed Haider Raza (1922–2016) was a modern Indian painter who lived and worked in France since 1950, while maintaining strong ties with India.

• The Seven Paintings: A preview
• Life, Art and Gandhian Light
• The Moral Aesthete in Gandhi
• Bapuji
ISBN 9789385360329
Pages 80
Number of photographs 7 paintings and 11 photographs
Size 9.8 x 10.89" (249 x 277 mm), sc with gatefold
Date of Publishing 2017
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Akar Prakar, Kolkata, and the Raza Foundation
Rights Available World rights

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