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South Asia

February 2024 Issue 30

The contributions in TAKE South Asia draw from the contested nature of the term itself to reveal how it is determined by the two interconnected vectors: the growth of scholarship on the ancient Indian civilization and a strategic interest in studying post partitioned Indian Subcontinent. Yet, it cannot be ignored that the brevity of publications addressing the discipline of South Asia is corollary of the scholars primarily focusing on individual countries within the region. The lacuna prompted us to take a deep dive into the critical reflection on South Asia in its various dimensions. The interdisciplinary approach of the authors strives to bridge the visual arts with South Asian historiography. Its primary aim is rooted in the comprehensive evaluation of visual research methods as a valid framework for historical studies. Given the scope of the approach, TAKE South Asia covers a diverse thematic landscape – the contributions spanning fine arts analysis, connected histories, theoretical and methodological inquiries, and contemporary cultural patterns.


With contributions by
Aditi Kumar | A. K. Ghose | Ankita Gosh | Bhavna Kakar | Chaitanya Sambrani |Christopher K. Ho | Deepali Dewan | Devika Singh | Dilpreet Bhullar | Emilia Terracciano | Epsita Halder | Hammad Nasar | Hamra Abbas | Iftikhar Dadi | Inakshi Sobti | Kamayani Sharma | Kiran Nadar | Lekha Poddar | Mala Yamey | Manan Shah | Manisha Gera Baswani | Monica Jain | Naeem | Mohaiemen | Parul Dave-Mukherji | Premjish Achari | Rachna Shetty | Ravi Agarwal | Sabih Ahmed | Salima Hashmi | Santhosh Sadanandan | Shabbir Hussain Mustafa | Sharareh Bajracharya | Shilpa Gupta | Smita Prabhakar | Soujit Das | Stephanie Rosenthal | The Packet Collective | Uma Prakash | Yacobus Ari Respati | Yuko Hasegawa | Zahra Jewanjee

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‘What is South Asia Today’

Pedagogical Networks in South Asia

Connecting South Asian Modernities

South Asia, and the Possibility of Co-habitation

South Asia as Affiliation and Aspiration

Stephanie Rosenthal and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa in Conversation Akin to the Mangrove

‘South Asia’: Definitional Impossibilities and Potentialities

‘South Asia’ and Pop Art

In Defense of Illegibility

What ‘South Asia’ Signifies Today

Resistance and Solidarity: S(h)ifting Through Political Ripples of South Asia

Pathways of Affinities

Art and Power: Networks of Patronage in Contemporary South Asia

Team TAKE in Conversation with Lekha Poddar

Bhavna Kakar in Conversation with Kiran Nadar

Coming Of Age: India As The Epicentre of Contemporary South Asian Art

An Incredible Journey : Bengal Beyond Boundaries

Weaving Identity: Reclamation of Craft

Analogous Relation of Arts and Objects

Very Small Feelings

Chemould@60: From Framing to Futuring the Art of the City and the City of Art

Dark Was the Night

Memoirs of Unremembered Spaces: Between Nostalgia and Ecological Changes

Becoming for Voice Against Reason

Sudarshan Shetty: Between Ruin and Recovery

Beyond The Page: South Asian Miniature Painting And Britain, 1600 To Now

Decolonising Museums: South Asian Diaspora Representation in the United Kingdom

nafas: Isolation Diaries

When Indian Flowers Bloomed in Europe Masterworks of Indian Trade Textiles, 1600-1780, in the TAPI Collection

International Departures: Art in India after Independence

Bhavna Kakar in conversation with Yuko Hasegawa Digital Transformation Planet

Dilpreet Bhullar in conversation with Sunil Kant Munjal Celebration of Serendipity Arts Foundation

Of Reimagination and Revitalisation: Experimenter Curators’ Hub

Kavita Singh (1964-2023)

South Asia and Santiniketan

Faces Beyond Time: The World According to Ravinder Reddy

Shaheen Merali