A work by reclusive artist Sohan Qadri. (Photo courtesy: Kumar Gallery)
Few abstractionists will evoke the mystery that tantric artists such as Sohan Qadri will do. The “reclusive” Punjabi artist who lived in a small apartment in Copenhagen until his death in 2011, was a practitioner was part of the neo-tantra movement, a movement that gained traction among a section of artists in the 1960s. After Ajit Mookerjee’s seminal book on Tantra Art in 1966 -- – Mookerjee was the then director and curator at the Crafts Museum -- many artists such as G R Santosh, Biren De and J Swaminathan were influenced by tantric rituals and meditative practices.
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