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Dr. Manisha Patil

Dr. Manisha Patil

I love observing people—people from all walks of life, stature, class and community. 
Some of the characters are culled from my observations as a ringside viewer in public spaces, others are faint echoes of family members- my mother, uncle or niece. Having grown up in the cultural milieu of Kolkata, where practically every household displayed their pianos, tea sets, framed family photographs, Tagore classics and Morris cars with immense pride, I also developed a penchant for artifacts. It is these imprints of people, places and possessions that materialize in my works.

The stances, gestures, emotive eyes, attires of the human beings are vital elements in my work. I like to focus on their relationships with one another, the culture that nurtures these relationships, and the objects that form the visual backdrop. The radio or the Ambassador car inadvertently pins down persons in my works into a temporal and cultural context—evoking a sense of déjà vu.