Passion: Life and Art of Raza

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Artistic action is a strange fury. It has to be cultivated with trust – in fullness, like the patience of the mountains, in quiet waiting, all alone. That which is in front is evident but eyes alone are not able to perceive. From form to transform there are many unfamiliar possibilities where truth lies hidden. Without doubt, intelligence, reason and the divine energy residing on the top of restrained fury, the inner flame, alone are the best means of artistic action.


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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sayed Haider Raza

Widely acknowledged as a master of Indian art, S H Raza has been living and working in Paris for more than half a century. He combines in work an intensely Indian vision with the French sens plastique. A fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi and a Padmshree, Raza has been honoured by the French government. His works are in important private art collections and major museums of the world.


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Passion: Life and Art of Raza
1st ed.
179p., Plates; 22cm.