Thursday, February 16, 2006


Between the abstract and the tactile, the two poles of Swaranjit Savi’s artistic world, fans out the eternal play of the human body. Though he shatters the hegemony of mind over body, both submit to an unqualified celebration of physicality that knows of no system of thought, tradition or indoctrination. That’s why his faces admit of no identity. Savi’s encounter with human forms allows no mediation of any art tradition; the body in his works is neither depicted in any traditional Indian style or school of painting, nor does it follow any modernistic standards. He steps out of all dogma to build a primal dialogue with human forms. As he straddles the two worlds of poetry and painting, Savi imbues each with the other’s possibilities. If his canvases have a lyrical throb to them, his poems are spread out on deepening perspectives. When his two-faced muse turns to his engagement with body, scenes and syllables merge to create a world of Leela -- a celebration of body and beyond.
Even as Savi liberates the body from the shackles of interpretative dogma, he also emancipates the imagination from the rootless abstraction.

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