DECODING RAZA’S FAS­CI­NA­TION FOR THE DOT

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - My City -

While there are count­less ti­tles on west­ern artists adapted to ed­u­cate and in­spire young minds in In­dia, the aware­ness about In­dia’s mod­ern art her­itage among chil­dren is not the same. And so comes a kids- spe­cific book by artist SH Raza, whose Bindu is the first ti­tle in the se­ries, I Am An Artist. It is based on his child­hood mem­o­ries and how he de­vel­oped those bits into great works of art. The se­ries will be fol­lowed by more ti­tles in the near fu­ture with big names such as Am­badas, Ram Ku­mar, Manjit Bawa and Ganesh Pyne.

The fo­cus of Raza’s Bindu is on spe­cific in­ci­dents from his child­hood that de­fined his love for the sub­ject. For in­stance, how

Raza be­came fas- cinated with the Bindu — re­ferred to as ‘Dot’ in the book, or his choice of be­com­ing an artist. In do­ing so, the au­thors have steered clear of heavy bi­ogra­phies. “To me, Bindu is a still the cen­tre, the source of en­ergy. It is the be­gin­ning and the end. I live to paint. I paint to live,” says Raza.

There is also an art ap­pre­ci­a­tion sec­tion with min­i­mal ques­tions re­lated to paint­ings. It is meant to en­cour­age read­ers to think vis­ually and come up with their own un­der­stand­ing of the art­works.

“Raza’s Bindu is our first of­fer­ing in the en­deav­our to fa­mil­iarise chil­dren with em­i­nent In­dian mod­ern artists and their work,” says Ritu Khoda, who along with Vanita Pai, au­thored the book. “We have tai­lored the book to connect with young chil­dren with the use of large for­mat vi­su­als with art­works spread across pages,” Pai says. Ti­tle: Raza’s Bindu Se­ries Ti­tle: I am an artist Pub­lisher: Scholas­tic In­dia Price: ` 350 Au­thors: Ritu Khoda and Vanita Pai

Artist S H Raza

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