Yet Again: Nine New Essays on Raza

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On 22nd February 2015, Syed Haider Raza turns 93. Widely acknowledged as a master of modern Indian art, for nearly six decades his work, vision and life have attracted critical attention from various points of view.

Raza returned to India, his home country, after spending 60 years in France and now lives in Delhi and continues to paint. The fact that he would be turning 93 years of age does not in any way diminish or slow down his zest both for living and painting. Raza has created nearly 50 new paintings in past six months. His imagination dares to explore new visual ideas, creating a language which is fresh and yet resonates with intense memories.

Raza’s art has been analysed, explored and evaluated in many books and continues to evoke new responses, also because he is still painting significantly and passionately. Collectors of his paintings exist worldwide.

This fresh collection of essays offers new insights into the artistic career and life of a truly dynamic visionary of our times.

The DVD accompanying this volume is an invaluable recording of Raza creating his collection Aarambh. Thus, this fresh perspective on his art is enriched by the knowledge of how that art came to be.

Contents: Foreword. 1. The cartographer of lost continents/Ranjit Hoskote. 2. The Isolation of all the forces that comprise art/Krishnen Khanna. 3. Almost a love poem/Ina Puri. 4. The innovation of consciousness/Manish Pushkale. 5. The Seed and the tree: the creative process/Geeti Sen. 6. The topographer/Roshan Shahani. 7. Ideas and claims on identity/Kishore Singh. 8. Celebrations and prayer/Ashok Vajpeyi. 9. Cosmographs of modern life/Udayan Vajpeyi.


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.


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Yet Again: Nine New Essays on Raza
1st. ed.
100p., 3 Pages; Illustrations; Colour; 24cm + 1 DVD