Manish Pushkale: The Painter of Light

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Manish Pushkale, an autodidact, is among the most promising young painters of India. His work has a unique language of abstraction that carries his personal imprints, and has attained maturity and significance through several shifts in experimentation and experience.

This bilingual (English and French) book captures Pushkale’s evolution as an artist through four short essays-each by a different author who talks of their unique perspective on Pushkale’s work.

This volume is co-published with Akar Prakar on occasion of the exhibition ‘Manish Pushkale, the Painter of Light’, at Musee de Guethary, France (from 10th Sept. to 29th Oct., 2016) and the two man show of SH Raza and Manish Pushkale, at Galerie Baudoin Lebon (from 15th to 30th Oct., 2016).


Ashok Vajpeyi (born 1941) is an eminent Hindi poet, lover of arts and a dynamic institution-maker.  For his poetry he has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dayavati Modi Kavi Shekhar Samman and the Kabir Samman.  He has published more than thirty books in Hindi and English.  Book-length translations of his Hindi poetry have appeared in English, French, Polish besides Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Urdu etc.  For his cultural contribution he has been honoured by high civilian awards 'Officier de I'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' by Govt. of France and 'Krzyzem Oficerskim Ordrnu Zaslugi Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej' by Govt. of Poland.  Among the many institutions he founded the Department of Culture, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, the multi-arts centre Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal and the central university Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University are well-known.  A close friend of many artists, writers, musicians and dancers, he has written extensively on many masters including the legendary musician Kumar Gandharva and the painter Sayed Haider Raza.  He lives in New Delhi and, besides poetry, is working on a book in English on Hindustani Classical music and another in Hindi on Kabir anhd Ghalib.


SH Raza is an eminent Indian artist who has lived and worked in France since 1950.  He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1981, and is a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.  He is also the recipient of the Kalidas Samman from the Madhya Pradesh State Government in 1996.


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Manish Pushkale: The Painter of Light
1st. ed.
128p., 92 Col Plates; 1 Col Photographs.