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Vivan Sundaram Recommends Emerging Indian Artists

Abhijit Kumar Pathak and Murlidhar Chandora

When it comes to collecting Indian art, many Indian and international collectors, art connoisseurs & enthusiasts stumble as they look for artists to invest in. They strive to find hidden gems, rare talents and gifted emerging artists. They often end up with the same handful of artist names. India is the 2nd most populated country in the world with over a billion people, with millions of artists across the country. Some rise to recognition, but in remote villages, poorer districts, patriarchal families, and for individuals and communities with limited access to resources, hundreds of talented artists fall by the wayside. 

It is a hurdle, for artists to connect with the right curators and for collectors to find the right art advisors. However, with global online portals such as Mojarto, curators, art advisors, artists and collectors can meet at a single point. Why should art have boundaries? Mojarto, NDTVs online art platform provides a space where you can find the artists recommended by the biggest name in the Indian art Industry. It doesn’t end there; Mojarto goes deep into the lives and studios of these recommended artists.

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VivanSundaram a noted painter, sculptor, installation and experimental artist, who has in many ways changed the contemporary Indian art landscape through his work. He has also been an integral part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. He has recommended two extremely sensitive artists Murlidar Chandora and Abhijit Pathak.

Murlidar Chandora:

Untitled by Murli Dhar Chandora, Abstract Drawing, Pen & Ink on Paper, Grey color

Untitled by Murli Dhar Chandora

Murli’s work stands out because he is “energetic, intelligent and doing very innovative work, a form of installation art” says Sundaram. Murli has been a student of Shiv Nadar Universiity and had been consistently doing very interesting and cerebral work. As Sundaram says, it takes time to build a sensibility, a visual vocabulary where you can apply yourself and appreciate different forms of art.

One of the major reasons for recommending Murlidhar is his relationship to creating art spontaneously yet thoughtfully, and still engaging with a multiplicity of mediums which are both organic and ephemeral, but he also finds a way of structuring them.

Abhijit Pathak:

Untitled-B by Abhijit kumar Pathak, Abstract Painting, Mixed Media on Wood, Brown color"

Untitled B by Abhijit Kumar Pathak

A sensitive and talented painter, Abhijit Pathak, who was recently awarded the national award, is an artist whose works are no less than brilliant. Vivan Sundaram saw a recent show of his at the Lalit Kala Akademy and was very impressed by his work. What enthused him was the sheer scale and confidence with which he was creating his work, which he found rare and admirable for a young artist. Abhijit combines drawing and a number of other elements in his work such as cloth and collage. He creates a relationship between spontaneous applications, his painterly sensibilities to create sensuous works on paper. Paper works, Sundaram says often don’t sell but he has still dared to create his works on paper. Paper does provide a greater flexibility and possibility to do a variety of experimentations which is his motivation for choosing paper.

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