DECODING RAZA’S FASCINATION FOR THE DOT
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