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Art and agenda of some of the most promising artists from India
Artists belonging to the new-age, dynamic India, greatly influenced by global developments in contemporary art thanks to greater exposure to the international art world, now work in a diverse range genres, styles, subjects and mediums. Importantly, they are striving to maintain a balanced relationship with Western art based on an identity deeply rooted in the rich artistic and cultural traditions of the country.

With the sun just rising on the horizon of the Indian art world, it's time to soak into the creative journey of emerging talent! We provide you a glimpse of some of the most promising artists from India, bound to be in limelight in the coming years…

Suryakant Lokhande: An intense search for self coupled with acute concerns regarding the ultimate truth drives his artistic processes. His visual tempests emerged from the boundless energy of gestures and movements, the unceasing vitality of India’s everyday domestic decor, whereby his efforts altered the image from its fantastic lifeblood and its libidinal power, its exciting colors and scenes of collective drama to a deep, disturbing image of uncertainty that is part of all our lives.

Sanjeev Sonpimpare: The twin forces of globalization and consumerism leading to increased insecurities, alienation, and the psychological strains is a matter of contemplation and concern to him. His much-acclaimed series ‘Cash Cow’ focused on how ‘everyday’ realities and the ‘existential’ questions of ‘locating the self’ and ‘unification of the inner-divisions’ often become the underlying motive, taking a dig at the culture of excess, and of indifference.

Rahul Chowdhury: Visuals that he encounters in his dream-world sometimes get superimposed on the real world or vice-versa in his work. The resultant conflict remains at the core of his intriguing artistic process. The artist delves into human psyche, invariably caught in a state of flux, swinging between reality and illusion, trapped between outer and inner world, and alternating between materialistic and spiritual leanings.

Jagannath Mohapatra: A student of history, he looks to depict his chosen themes contemporary in context. His visual realm is invariably linked to the realities of life. The artist is known for his intense visual narrations, based on his experiences and perceptions of sensitive issues that disturb him as an artist and as an individual. He tells his tales through his paintings, and leaves it to the viewers to mull over them for drawing their own conclusions.

Suneel Mamadapur: The most striking aspect of his compositions is the motifs that he employs - be it turtles or elephants – against a modern background of machines and similar such contraptions. His works are rather personalized in nature. They provide an insight into his development as an individual and artist, reflecting his state of mind.

Dhananjay Singh: The cycle of human life and nature act as a major source of inspiration for his work. The artist takes traditional metalworking processes to a new level of skill and finesse with his contemporary art practice. His sculpture making is guided by emotional and symbolic resonance and his innovative approach, carrying the viewer into a mysterious meta-physical world..

Nikhileswar Baruah: The repetition of events and history is a marked theme in his work. As an artist, he is known to react to the immediate, the present - glancing at it though a window of the past.

Théodore Mesquita: His work records body culture, and its corroboration within the articulation of signs and symbols. Dwelling upon his artistic processes, he says, “In the foundation of my artistic endeavor, I have been consumed with the primal urge….to deliver and to sustain my expression, to achieve contemporary articulation, innovation, exploration and reflection - in the extended frame of time and space.”

Neeraj Goswami: Friction or fusion - between nature and human – is one of his favorite themes. His spontaneous images, though largely composed of cubism-inspired peculiar geometrical shapes, does not give an impression of being disjointed. An inherent sense of wholeness marks them, not least owing to the precision of his composition as well as the sensitive color range he unveils.

T.M. Azis: His work is figurative in nature. The paintings may revolve around what might be outwardly ordinary, everyday occurrences, deeply contemplated over. The human figures in his painting are often in sync with the other elements. The figures or objects act as symbols that spin around allegories as visualized and conceived by him.

Samit Das: Space or rather lack of it in the burgeoning cities is his primary artistic concern which he expresses through his visuals loaded with metaphors. His works allude to houses and made man structures. The ever changing dynamics of urban spaces, cityscape and mindscape prompts the artist to probe into their intricate interrelationship. He works with architectural structures to create intriguing forms.

Murali Cheeroth: His involvement with theatre coupled with continuing interest in cinema helps him in presenting his images through dramatic ambiance for an unusual perspective. Images he takes are from the industrial medium - of photography, of cinema, of the digital. Using these industrialized mediums as the basic iconography of his work, he then goes back and reframes and uses the processes of translation, transliteration, transmutation of the popular image.

Hindol Brahmbhatt: He treats his work as a documentation of historical reality in contemporary context, and looks for clues of social changes. Thus emerges a universe that the viewers can identify with, albeit from a new perspective! His objective is to form a language that calls for continuity and intuition. This infinity of composition reminds us that each work is a part of a greater body of images and ideas. These are schematic images of evolution, growth and creativity.

Nitish Bhattacharjee: His work is a documentation of his memories, his impressions, and perceptions of his surroundings. His works mostly in patches of bright color (in acrylic) on paper and canvas are an outcome of bold brush strokes that denote a burgeoning energy, stemming from the cathartic creative processes. His pictorial plane is 'organized' by striking, flat color panels, which frame patches of skilful brushwork.

Sudarshan Shetty: An incongruous association of objects that might bear different meanings is intended on his part to form new meaning and in the process, create an abstract space for exploring the dark underbelly of the human-object relationship, the duality of free will as well as the inertness of things. His work hinges on a creative mix of intense observation and wit. He takes apart ubiquitous objects without dismantling them, and decodes them, by revealing their inherent mechanical being.