Upon Passing, Mirroring, and Becoming

Category : Essay

How to Sniff Out a Fake? Long-Distance Trade and the Madras Handkerchief

This essay explores the history of a particular kind of handloom cloth from Madras, commonly referred to by its trade names, the Telia rumal or the Madras Handkerchief.

Adhitya Dhanapal

Interior Words: The Legacy of Studio Photography in India

A detailed history of studio photography in India, moving from the colonial to the postcolonial to the contemporary. In tracing this evolution, this essay makes the intersection of commercial interests, power relations and changing sociopolitical attitudes that have defined and redefined photography’s role in the country visibly apparent.

Varun Nayar

Understanding Adavisi Artists in the Contemporary Context

Giving viewers a sense of the context in which Bhuri Bai’s career has taken shape, this essay discusses how the art market and cultural institutions have historically engaged with indigenous art in India and the rest of the world.

Mustafa Khanbai