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Krishna’s Cosmos

The Creativity of an Artist, Sculptor & Teacher
Ratnottama Sengupta
Contributions by S.W. Hayter, Robert Blackburn, Richard Batholomew, Amitav Ghosh

A young student at Santiniketan was studying a tree, to unravel how the petals part. Walking past him, Nandalal Bose said: “If you persist, the tree will accept you in its shade and even let you walk in…”

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A young student at Santiniketan was studying a tree, to unravel how the petals part. Walking past him, Nandalal Bose said: “If you persist, the tree will accept you in its shade and even let you walk in…”
That had set off Krishna Reddy on his artistic quest. Later, the exploration of nature beyond the limitations of the visible world developed into a spiritual curiosity about the cosmos. That in turn led to devising ways to overcome technical difficulties in creating icons of distilled beauty which reduced the appearances of objects to their pure and essential forms.

This creativity is in itself a process of learning—for the artist and his students alike. It enables an observer to peer into the innermost essence of things and ponder on the universe in constant upheaval. The inward life of the cosmos itself is brought before us—all through his viscosity prints.

Krishna Reddy worked a revolution in printmaking by discovering this method of printing numerous colours from a single metal plate. Experiments in the possibilities of simultaneous colour printing remained unpredictable until Krishna analysed the oil contents of inks and effected ways of controlling that. The impact was a reliable viscosity print: graphic artists could now work with the intensity of tones and range of colours in a single print.

That, along with the spirituality of his art, makes Krishna Reddy a legend in his lifetime.
Santiniketan is only one of 250 universities to have him as an artist in residence. A museum in Bangalore devotes a wing to his prints. Paris and London, Ljubljana and Venice, Australia and Argentina. Morocco and China—biennales and triennales boast his retrospectives. Solo shows, multiple workshops, lectures, publications. portfolios—Krishna Reddy's life is buzzing with activity. But for Krishna, it is not enough to produce his art; one is responsible for sharing one’s knowledge, too.

This book is an attempt to portray this artist with a message. It is, as we said, a study in the creativity of a master.

A natural writer with a keen interest in the arts, Ratnottama Sengupta has been writing for newspapers and journals; participating in discussions on the electronic media; teaching mass communication and curating exhibitions on Indian art. She has written on Hindi films for Encyclopaedia Britannica; guest edited volumes on Indian cinema for the Directorate of Film Festivals and on sculpture for the Lalit Kala Akademi; served on the National Film Awards jury and herself won a National award in 2001 for her Writings on Cinema.

Having extensively travelled through UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, she has written on the social and cultural life in these countries. She is currently editing an Encyclopaedia on Culture, and translating Dekhi Nai Phire. a biography or Ram Kinkar Baij.

She is the Arts Editor for The Times of India since 1991.

Krishna in India
Krishna in Paris
Krishna in America
Image, Material and Process
Krishna the Educator
Krishna's Vision
Krishna's Cosmos-A View from India
Essays on Krishna's Art by Other Artists and Authors
SW Hayter Robert Blackburn
Richard Bartholomew Amitav Ghosh
Academic Experience
Solos Shows and Retrospectives In ternational Shows
Group Shows in India Seminars, Lectures, Workshops Public Lectures
Juror & Panel Member Awards & Honours
Museums & Corporate Collections
Index of Art Works
ISBN 9788188204168
Pages 132
Number of illustrations 135
Size 8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2003
Language(s) English
Rights Available World rights

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