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Self and the Elements
Title Self and the Elements
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist G. R. Santosh
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1929 - 1996
Country India
Brief Description In the 1960s, the search for a national cultural identity through Neo-tantric Art, a term coined to denote a form of abstraction developed by a small group of Indian artists. Amongst them was, Gulam Rasool Santosh, who experimented with neo-tantric mysticism and formalist abstraction. The aniconic and notational drawings of the Tantric Yantra, originally ritual designs for Tantric meditation, underwent a sea- change in his hand: the triangle became a pyramid, the circle a solid sphere, the square a cube which, in further constructivist elaboration, assumed the shape of a gem, emanating light. Born in Srinagar, Kashmir, Santosh was also an acclaimed mystic poet in Kashmiri, and wrote profusely in Urdu.