Beyond Traditional and Modern
Heartfulness eMagazine|October 2021
JYOTI BHATT is a celebrated and awarded artist, best known for his work in painting and printmaking, as well as his photographic accounts of rural Indian culture and folk art. He and his colleagues founded the “Baroda School” of Indian art. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2019, and has been honoured with five Lifetime Achievement Awards. In August 2021 he had a conversation with ANANYA PATEL, musing about his life and his art. Excerpts from that conversation are presented in this 2-part series, along with some of his work.
ANANYA PATEL
I was born and grew up in a small town, you could say a large village. That was a long time ago, and as a child I had not even heard about Mickey Mouse or Humpty Dumpty. So, what I create is something I grew up with. It was only after moving to Baroda to study in a Fine Arts college that I learned about Western modern art. By “modern,” I mean what happened about 100 years ago. It’s an historical term. Modern is not contemporary anymore.

I also realized that what the modernists were doing, the reforms they were trying to make, were consciously taken from other artforms. This is especially true of Cubism. Picasso was inspired by African art, which was tribal.

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