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Exhibition at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in February 2019

In February 2019, Shakti returned to the city where he first exhibited his art in the 1970s - Mumbai. The exhibition, titled 'Subverting Duchamp, Celebrating Beauty, Reconnecting with Mumbai', was held at Tao Art Gallery and included a mix of new and older work. At the opening, Shakti was in conversation with Dolly Thakore and an engaged audience. He also did a well-attended walk-through during the course of the exhibition, which ran for a month and received a wonderful response.

Delhi Book Launch on March 10, 2017

The Promise of Beauty and Why It Matters by Shakti Maira was launched by artist Anjolie Ela Menon, dancer Geeta Chandran, poet Ashok Vajpeyi and environmentalist Vandana Shiva, who participated in a spirited discussion on beauty. This was followed by a moving dance performance by Geeta Chandran, inspired by the book, at the art gallery amidst Shakti’s sculpture.

Formed Resonance: Sculpture and Drawings

Shakti Maira’s exhibition was held from March 4-12, 2017, at the Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi.

View the e-catalogue here.

Shakti Maira introduces the ‘Formed Resonance’ sculpture in wood and bronze

The Antidote to Discontent

Chandrahas Choudhury writes about Shakti Maira’s wide-ranging investigation into the ways in which we experience beauty, that can offer an unusual key to our civilization’s problems.

The Promise Of Beauty is idiosyncratically written: After every two-three chapters, Maira pauses to draw together some of the strands of what has been said with his own thinking on beauty. “Beauty is more than a concept,” he writes, “and is best taught through lived experiences of mind and body.” To this end, he asks each of his respondents to describe a profound “beauty experience” of their own.

Read it here.

Book launch at Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

Namita Gokhale, co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and Ruth Padel, acclaimed poet, launch The Promise of Beauty and Why It Matters by Shakti Maira, followed by a discussion on beauty.

Book launch on 20 January at JLF 2017

Namita Gokhale, Ruth Padel and Geeta Chandran to launch ‘The Promise of Beauty and Why it Matters’ on January 20th at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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