Release of S.H Raza’s book “MANDALAS”, 23rd January 2009

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In collaboration with French publishers Albin Michel, Paris, Art Alive presented ’Mandalas’ which is the legendary Sayed Haider Raza’s authoritative work on the artistic search and practice of the Mandalas. First published in 2004, authored by Olivier Germain-Thomas in French, the book has now been translated into English by M. Varadarajan and Padma Natarajan for Indian audience.

The book contains a series of colourful architectural pieces as full page reproductions of Raza’s Mandala paintings that are sheer invitations to meditation and to the awakening of the secret stream of energy which is present in all beings.

The book was released by H. E. Mr. Jérôme Bonnafont, Ambassador of France at a special function on Friday, 23rd January.

An effective understanding of Mandalas, an understanding of modernity and abstraction in the West and Raza’s perspective of tradition and modernity have been presented to explain the universal parallels of the concept.

The book takes one into the journey of Raza and his Mandalas, the way the painter explores and appropriates the ancient symbol and provides it with contemporary metamorphosis. The French Embassy takes great pleasure to carry the magnetism of Raza’s Mandalas and its contextual discovery by Olivier Germain-Thomas in their full- blown visual and verbal charm, now in English.

Note to editors :

Olivier Germain-Thomas is a French critic and journalist holding a doctorate in aesthetics who presents a detailed analysis of appearance, development and several facets of Mandalas as it emerges in S.H. Raza’s paintings.

Appearing on Raza’s canvases in 1916, ‘Mandalas’ refers to cosmic diagrams that in most naïve understanding reminds of the expanse of the world: within and beyond the bodies and mind.

S. H. Raza is a great Indian painter occupying a singular place in the international art scene since long. His bold, primary palette and geometric meditations on the nature of the universe are central to the development of his artistic vocabulary and expansion of his consciousness. His Mandalas, however, do not cabin specific ritualistic symbolism but are inspired by the same to provide his universal idea of spiritual power and cognizance.

For further information, please contact the Press Section, French Embassy, Tel: 2419 6135/6221

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