Maïté Delteil
November 2004


Various Artists
August 2004

Group Show of 15 Artists Art Musings presented their annual show featuring artists that they have worked closely with since the gallery opened. Artists included S H Raza, M F Husain, Paresh Maity, Baiju Parthan, Jitish Kallat, Sujata Bajaj, Sakti Burman, Shibi Natesan, Samir Mondal Jayasri Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, Arzan Khambatta, Rameshwar Broota, Anjolie Ela Menon & Chittrovanu Mazumdar. The artists represented several generations, diverse styles and distinctive concerns.

16.08.2004 – 22.08.2004


January 2004

Art Musings was proud to present a solo show of one of India’s leading modernists S H Raza, who was showing his works in Mumbai after a gap of 3 years. Says Ranjit Hoskote in the catalogue text, “ Raza has always been a pilgrim of intensity. In the course of a carreer spanning nearly six decades, he has dedicated himself to a quest for vital forms that can carry the freight of his earliest memories of landscape and cosmic expanse, language and silence……Working with basic forms such as the point, the circle and the concentric background, Raza has pursued a pictorial japa as a means of approaching the deep sources of the self; he remains keenly aware of the perils of easy ratt. The small-format painting lends itself to such a quest for intensity: the compass of its scale meets the eye in an intimate encounter; the linear stroke, the chromatic pitch and the unspoken sound explode, not the distance set by the frame, but within our minds.”

16.01.2004 – 31.01.2004


Baiju Parthan & Shibu Natesan
November 2003

Art Musings presented two of India’s leading contemporary artists Shibu Natesan and Baiju Parthan, presenting small format works. Natesan appears to be leaning towards photo-realism till one discovers a wealth of modern ideas lying embedded in his figures and images culled from everyday life. Parthan uses mythic images and poetic expressions to create a unique vocabulary where the artist preserves a contemporary spirit even while reaching out to the world of magic that explores the relationship between the experience of world and personal identity.

08.11.2003 – 16.11.2003

Baiju Parthan ‘Reset‘ Ranjit Hoskote, Leon Tan & Gopal Mirchandani


Baiju Parthan, (1956, Kerala, India) is an inter-media artist, working with painting as well as digital technology based installation art. He is one of the early exponents of new media art and mediatic-realism in the Indian contemporary art scene. His work presents worldviews built upon differing ideologies that are in collision and transforming each other, and the resulting ontological fallout felt by us all. Human history thus becomes a compilation of tracks, traces, and debris left behind by such collisions for the artist.Included in the book are essays by poet, cultural theorist and curator Ranjit Hoskote; Dr Leon Tan art and culture historian, critic, educator and registered psychotherapist; and well known writer on Modern and Contemporary Art Gopal Mirchandani.The book provides a documentation of Baiju Parthan’s works from 2007 to 2016, and is presented by Art Musings, to coincide with the artist’s solo exhibition ‘Necessary Illusions’. Art Musings is a Mumbai – based gallery committed to engaging with modern and contemporary Indian art in its many facets. After Image Publishing is a Division of Art Musings.

Sakti Burman ‘What’s He Going To Be Next’ Ranjit Hoskote


Sakti Burman was born in Calcutta in 1935 and educated at the Government College of Art and Craft there, and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He has lived between France and India since the mid-1950s. Since the early 1960s, Burman has had held numerous exhibitions of his work in India, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. Among the salons in which he has been invited to participate are the Biennale de Paris, Section Française at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; the Salon d’Automne, Grand Palais, Paris Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris; the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris; and the Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris. His solo exhibitions include The Enraptured Gaze (2009) and The Beholder’s Share (2016), both presented by Art Musings.Burman’s works have found place in the collections of major museums and cultural institutions, including the British Museum, London; the Musée de la Ville, Paris; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the National Gallery, Auckland; the Punjab Museum, Chandigarh; the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Bombay; and the Ministry of Culture, Government of France, Paris.In the course of a distinguished career, Burman has received many honours, including the Prix des Etrangers, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris; the Medaille Arts, Science et Lettres, Paris; the Medaille d’Argent de Montmorency; the Medaille d’Or, Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris; and the Prix de la Ville de l’Isle-Adam, France. Burman’s art has been the focus of several publications, among them Sakti Burman: Dreamer on the Ark (2001) and Sakti Burman: A Private Universe (2014).

SH Raza ‘Nirantar’ Ranjit Hoskote & Ashok Vajpaeyi


In some countries, the cultural authorities designate as national treasures not only precincts, buildings and artefacts, but also individuals who have, through their thought and work, contributed to the creation and nourishment of culture. In this sense, S H Raza is a national treasure. Raza is the last surviving founder member of the Progressive Artists Group, which was among the most salient of the circles and formations of artists who came into their own during the late 1940s in India.Well into his nineties, he continues to be a questor for new horizons of significance. Over the decades, he has renounced the pleasures of the perceived landscape and the figure’s mingled festivity and anguish. Instead, he has dedicated himself to a symbolic vocabulary and a system of geometrical interpretations with which he celebrates the cosmos in which the individual is both homeless wanderer and returning native.The bindu or plenum-void is the best known of Raza’s symbols, but his pictorial subtleties embrace a far wider range of preoccupations. He invokes the blaze of the desert sun, the shadows of clouds, the presence of the replenishing waters, the unread map of the cardinal directions. Raza is the cartographer of the spirit’s seasons: witness to all that is subject to the flux of time and also to all that remains constant, that abides despite the flux of time.This book provides a documentation of S H Raza’s works made since his return from France to India in 2011, and presented by Art Musings.



Maite Delteil (born 1933, Fumel, France) received her art education at Ecole Des Beaux – Arts, Academie  de  la  Grand  Chaumiere,  Academie  Julian and the National School of Art. This was followed by a fellowship from the Government of France to study in Spain and Greece. Delteil worked under the painter Roger Chapelain – Midy and the engraver Robert Cami. Her work has been exhibited widely in Europe, America and Japan.Enchanted celebrates a solo exhibition of Deltiel’s work at Art Musings in Mumbai, 2013. The publication documents works that span the artist’s career, and catalogues her most recent works. It also presents rare photographs of the artist with her family, including her husband, the celebrated artist Sakti Burman.It includes an in – depth essay by Dr. Alka Pande who considers the nature of the artist’s journey  in relation to the artist’s bicultural influences, and delves into Deltiel’s personal histories in a conversation with the artist.Anupa Mehta offers a stylistic analysis of the artist’s current body of work.Ranjit  Hoskote’s poems, chosen from his published work, offer a correspondence to  Deltiel’s  concerns.

Watercolour, Pen & Ink on paper
9 X 9

August – September 2003

Art Musings presented a solo show of Jayasri Burman, that opened at the Jehangir Art Gallery and then shifted to their space. The show featured a fine cross-section of the artist’s work. The narrative in the works borrows from myth and reality, creating stories retold in Jayasri’s inimitable style.

25.08.2003 – 09.09.2003