SRINIVASA PRASAD ON ART
I saw Richard Serra’s work maybe two years ago in New York. He is one of my favourite artists and I think his work is really amazing. He makes sculptures with huge iron sheets, folding them like one would fold paper for origami. What’s amazing about his work is the scale at which he builds these sculptures. It’s an overwhelming feeling to stand inside one of his works, walk around and experience the art. He always manages to surprise the viewer, which is very refreshing. Even though it’s his iron sculptures that I particularly love, he does use other mediums as well, like leather. The colours are monochromatic, nothing is painted or coated, he lets the substance be as is. Another artist I really admire is A Balasubramanian. I find his use of whites very fascinating and almost magical, and how he weaves everything around his personal life.
Prasad is a Bengaluru-based artist
SAUGATA MUKHERJEE ON BOOKS
I recently read Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol, and hated it. I should’ve gotten my money back for that one, actually. However, I did come across a collection of graphic short stories that I’ve really liked. It’s the result of an Indo-Swiss exchange programme and is calledWhen Kulbhushan Meets Stockli. The stories make it quite evident that the artists had fun while they were travelling; and some of the stories are absolutely fascinating. The first story, Christophe Badoux’s Cricket etc, is lovely. Most of the stories by the Swiss writers manage to encapsulate Delhi and highlight the essence of the city instead of stereotyping it. Actually, I was a bit let down by the Indian stories, but maybe that’s because Switzerland is not so interesting after all. The art work itself is very interesting – every artist has a unique style and that’s what makes this collection so very interesting and important. There’s a great mix of the European style and some very Indian style art and, fortunately, very little influence of the Virgin Comics kind of work.
Mukherjee is senior commissioning editor at HarperCollins India. He lives in Delhi
RAJINDER NATH ON THEATRE
At the Delhi International Arts Festival recently, I saw the restaging of an old play, Ek Mamooli Aadmi, by Asmita Theatre Group. Even though the play’s production isn’t very tight and the performances are quite weak, it’s definitely worth a watch because of the script and the theme. It’s about an honest officer who is troubled by the corruption in the system that he sees around him. It’s the story of his struggle against corruption and how he deals with it.
Nath is a Delhi-based playwright and theatre director
NAVEEN THOMAS ON MUSIC
I’ve been listening to a whole range of stuff. But one of the things on repeat on my iPod is the Kings of Leon new album. I’ve never paid too much attention to them before but recently my bassist recommended a track and I’ve been hooked since. They have a very clean, neat sound which I’m enjoying. The other band I’m listening to is Coheed and Cambria. The music is quite stand out and the vocalist has the weirdest sound around. They are a unique blend of classic rock and progressive rock.
Thomas is the guitarist for the Bengaluru-based band Galeej Gurus