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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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My dad was very fond of a sculpture (below, on left) of Hoysala period, of a girl in her vanity admiring herself.

My dad also liked to paint and sketch on natural materials (like leaves, shells), so most of his art was ephemeral and has perished.

But last year I met Dr. Byregowda, a publisher who took great pains to collect and publish many of my dad's illustrations ("Kamatara Kuncha Prapancha", 2012), and now wants to bring out a new book.

So I asked my wife to dig up a family heirloom -- my mother's saree that my father painted circa 1980. The saree is all worn-out, but the white acrylic featuring the "beauty with the mirror" is intact. Many such sarees got lost during a robbery in Calcutta in 1979.

Points to Ponder:

  • How many people hand paint sarees to console wife of a robbery?
  • Is the "Generation Me", new?
  • What has happened the the temporary arts of India (other than Rangoli and Mehendi others have no patronage)

  • (Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, December 9, 2013
    Last Modified: 12/9/2013 3:17:02 PM

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