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Title Bandwala
Accession Number acc-no-13108
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist Krishen Khanna
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1925
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1989
Dimensions 134.5 cm x 180 cm
Brief Description Krishen Khanna's art typically had the city as its central concern, depicting images of working class life in Delhi. His painting laid bare the travails of migrant labour and their marginalized status in the megapolis that they were helping build. He often engaged with the nameless figure or communities; the cycle riders, bandwallahs, and other figures of the labour class, whose ideas of rootlessness, and alienation translate onto canvas. Khanna has come to be seen as a genre painter, a narrator who weaves and spins images out of fragments of time. On the other end of the spectrum he is an artist who encapsulates the climatic episode of myth or poetry into the painted image. Through a lack of physical detail; the paintings aspire towards a quality of timelessness. Khanna's gestural impact on the canvas and masterful deployment of paint to evoke the human situation is unmatched.