Books. Bodhana Art & Research Foundation in collaboration with Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and The Raza Foundation is delighted to announce the book launch of Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Solitude authored by Meera Menezes and conceptualized by Jesal Thacker on 22 April 2016 at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. The book has been researched and published by Bodhana Art & Research Foundation with support of The Raza Foundation.
Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Solitude — The first book in the Sonata three part series includes a preface by Krishen Khanna, a contribution from New York based critic and cultural theorist G Roger Denson entitled From the Upanishads to the Modernist Painting: Vasudeo Gaitonde brings India to Global Agora and a biography of the modern master Gaitonde by eminent art scholar and author Meera Menezes. Through her biography, Meera erases the existing myths about the artist and successfully attempts to produce a factual document on his life and journey including stories known and unknown since his childhood through his formative years in the Sir J. J. School of Art, his struggles and eventually taking leave of the family to permanently settle in Delhi.
Meera Menezes, Author, commented:
“The main reason for my writing this book has been to create a better understanding of the man, his artistic trajectory and his seminal contribution to the idiom of Indian contemporary art.”
Later in the year the other volumes will be released as well as a documentary film. The second volume Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Light authored by Roshan Shahani and Narendra Dengle positions Gaitonde within a watershed moment of contemporary Indian art and the final book of the series Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Consciousness co-authored by international art critic and cultural theorist G. Roger Denson and eminent architect Narendra Dengle is a comparative study between the oeuvre of Gaitonde and the aesthetics of visual art, the mythology of creation or the cosmogony and varied philosophies that surfaced themselves in the corresponding period world-wide.
The enigmatic life of Gaitonde will be presented in the form of a documentary at the end of the year entitled Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Reeling a Sonata featuring an exclusive set of interviews with family, friends like Krishen Khanna and A. Ramachandran as well as close confidantes like Ashok Vajpeyi. The film expands and exposes the anecdotes that will delight viewers who want an insight into Gaitonde’s life, narrated by his friends and close associates. The film also includes opinion and comment from contemporary artists like Bose Krishnamachari among others.