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The Eyesof theThar by artist Satish Gupta brings in the essence and spirit of the people of Thar, through his beautiful paintings and poetry.

books Updated: Apr 17, 2010 01:39 IST

Title: The Eyes of the Thar
Author: Satish Gupta
Price: Rs 7,500
Publisher: Mapin Publishers

The Eyes of the Thar by artist Satish Gupta brings in the essence and spirit of the people of Thar, through his beautiful paintings and poetry — a rare combination of pen and paint. Gupta has traveled extensively in the Thar Desert, living with the nomads and experiencing the desert in all its form. The paintings depict the diverse culture of Rajasthan and the prose describes the artist’s personal journey there. Artworks of havelis, royal lives and the desert are the main focus. The artist also brings alive the beliefs and struggle of the residents of the desert through this book.

Aakriti Sawhney

Title: Francis Newton Souza: Dhoomimal Gallery Collection
Editor: Vinod Bhardwaj
Publisher: Dhoomimal Gallery

This books is a catalogue of Dhoomimal Gallery’s entire collection of Souza artwork. Edited by Vinod Bhardwaj, the book is a well researched piece with inputs from well known artists about the work, life, paintings and personal encounters with the artist. The catalogue is also well segregated into chapters defining Souza’s work from the ’40s to ’90s. All the paintings are specifically titled, dated and defined in terms of its size with the year when it was made. The book also gives insight into the artist’s long association with the Jain family, owners of Dhoomimal gallery. The book is a rare collection for art lovers and connoisseurs.

Aakriti Sawhney

Title: The Veena Player
Author: Anjali Raghbeer
Illustrator: Soumya Menon
Price: Rs 200
Publisher: Tulika Books

This book is simply delightful! Part of Looking At Art, an initiative by Tulika Books to introduce young children to Indian art masters, the book is an illustrated short story about a young girl named Valsa who visits her aunty Prima, who is restoring Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings. In the course of her stay with Prima, Valsa learns how Ravi Varma painted people “as if they look at you”, how paintings are restored and how they need to be looked after. A special mention for Soumya Menon’s excellent illustrations. Also in the series are books on MF Husain, Jamini Roy, and Amrita Shergill.

Damini Purkayastha