Obituary / The Guardian - March 20, 2013

Ganesh Pyne

Towards the end of his life, Pyne painted a series depicting the characters of the Indian epic the Mahabharata. Instead of depicting the grand moments, Pyne chose to paint peripheral characters, such as the archer Ekalavya, who cut off his thumb to please his teacher, and the princess Amba who was reincarnated as a man so that she could take revenge on the warrior who kidnapped her.» more

Obituary / The Guardian - December 21, 2011

Indora Goswami

Perhaps it is this complex and compassionate vision of conflict that also inspired Goswami to offer herself as a negotiator between the government of India and the United Liberation Front of Assam, a separatist movement. With her mediation, the banned group conducted three rounds of talks with the government, a considerable achievement considering that the crisis in Assam has been running for decades.» more

Obituary / The Guardian - April 7, 2011

Anant Pai

In 1967, while watching a television quizshow in Delhi, Pai was scandalised that Indian children could reel off the names of the gods of Olympus but could not name the mother of the Hindu god Rama. He was inspired to start a comic-book series recreating stories from Indian epics as colourfully illustrated, child-friendly narratives.» more

Obituary / The Guardian - December 5, 2010

P. Lal

Decades before the current publishing boom in India, and the rise of Indian writing in English as a literary force, Lal pioneered a model for alternative publishing. The printing took place in a neighbour’s garage, the selling from a storefront attached to Lal’s home.» more

Obituary / The Guardian - June 18, 2009

Kamala Das

In the 1980s she dabbled in painting and politics. While she attained some acclaim as an artist, her political career did not take off. She stood unsuccessfully for the Indian parliament in 1984 and later launched a short-lived political party, Lok Seva (public service).» more

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