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ICONIC ENCOUNTERS With Trailblazers Of The Arts World

Author Name: Prema Viswanathan | Format: Paperback | Genre : Letters & Essays | Other Details

“The pieces in this book possess three qualities rarely found in combination. First, a sympathetic encounter with creative individuals and a lucid communication of their point of view. Second, an awareness of the critical discourse around the artistic practice concerned, which allows the framing of germane questions. Third, a personal response to the art conveyed through eloquently descriptive prose…

 Prema Viswanathan writes with equal respect for purists and reformers, for rootedness and cross-cultural exploration. Rather than dogmatically choose one side over the other, she picks the best and most interesting from each world… 

Taken as a whole, this collection provides an important resource toward better understanding a slice of India’s artistic history.”

– Girish Shahane

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Prema Viswanathan

Prema Viswanathan reported for leading Indian newspapers from Mumbai, Delhi and Singapore in the ‘80s and ‘90s. During her exciting life as a journalist, she interviewed several newsmakers, including luminaries of the world of arts. After moving to Singapore in 1995, she switched focus from mainstream journalism to market intelligence. However, she continued to retain her interest in the arts, and was part of the organising committee for the exhibition Indian Art Through the Ages- Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, held in Singapore in 1999. Since her return to India in 2018, she has revived her passion for the arts, writing articles as well as moderating and participating in discussions, including a couple for NGMA Bangalore. This is her second book. Her earlier book, Badri Narayan: Portrait of the Artist as Storyteller, was co-published by The Marg Foundation and Pundole’s in 2020. 

Front cover photograph: R Dev

Front cover concept and design: Prema Viswanathan and Sarath.




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