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My home town and early life


My monograph and writings on art
Gulammohammed Sheikh Artist
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I do not know really how to, but friends have been discussing that, Geeta... I think you have also offered some ideas about what kind of book it should be. Nilima is very concerned about that. I am feeling a bit sort of, you know... that I don’t know... I don’t really know who I am, you know. I can’t really make out, but what friends feel is that various aspects should be brought together. Some feel that there should be, you know, there could be two volumes. Some also feel that its format should be different, you know, and not like a kind of an artist’s art, but my writings, my... even some of my literary writings, you know, could form part of it. So it is a bit complicated, and Chaitanya Sambrani has been asked to write the main essay. Geeta said that she would also do a piece, so we would have at least two items, and we have been documenting whatever we could. Well, let’s see how it goes.

But I would perhaps do these books that I have been planning. One is on my writings, both in English and Gujarati, writings on art. There could be two volumes. I am also planning to complete my Gujarati essays which I began writing in the late '60s on return from England, called Returning Home. Also there is now a very clear possibility of doing a larger volume of poetry that my collection could come out with all the unpublished poems, even the ones that we had not included in the first edition, and the ones that I have written since, each publication. So, there are many things to do. Many things are in the offing.

Gulammohammed Sheikh is an Indian painter, writer and art critic who has been a major figure in the Indian art world for half a century. His artistic career is closely associated with the renowned MS University of Baroda in Gujarat where after gaining his Master's degree, Sheikh went on to teach in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and where he was appointed Professor of Painting in 1982.

Listeners: Timothy Hyman

Timothy Hyman is a graduate of Slade School of Fine Art, London, in which he has also taught. In 1980 and 1982, he was Visiting Professor in Baroda, India. Timothy Hyman has curated many significant art exhibitions and has published articles and monographs on both European and Indian artists.

Duration: 2 minutes, 28 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2008

Date story went live: 18 November 2010