The South Asian Life & Times - SALT   
  Spring 2014          



 Spring 2014


Editor's Note

 Arctic to Antarctic
 - Overland

  Great Himalaya Trail 

India Art Fair 2014

 Nirav Modi 

 Magic of Sorcars

 Tino Sehgal

  Nina Davuluri

 Ravindra Salve

 Threatened Tribes

 Tribal Victories 2013

 - Dongria Kondh

 - Jarawas

 - Soliga

 Indian Painting


 And the Mountains

 A God in Every Stone

 Beloved Strangers

 I Am Malala 












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Ravindra Salve
Happiness - the key ingredient of his paintings

Ravindra Salve’s work can only be described as deft, joyous, and colour-saturated.

Salve’s work has unrestrained dimensions of spontaneity and vivacity in capturing the colours, motifs and the silhouettes of characters. The decorative style, vibrant colours, powerfully composed figures, miniature style and their very Indian soul make his paintings an instant source of delight - a traditional Indian style presented in a very contemporary manner. Salve has great skills of balancing and controlling various shades of contrasting colours.

He is an intelligent and an honest painter. Intelligent, because he has the formula of using the correct medley of colours in his paintings. Honest, because he does not pretend to be a painter who paints for himself and not for money.

His art is a lesson on multiple levels - how ecstasy is conceived in creating a master painting; how a calculative formula can be skilfully brought into the aesthetics of art and making it contemporary; how an intervention of each form can sneak in to give way to beautiful yet prolific works of art.

Salve’s imagination has energised the genre of fantasy art with great passion and at the same time with extreme ease. The key ingredient of his paintings is happiness. His paintings can be called ‘mythology based’ or ‘invented mythology’. Salve has adopted an altogether new style by fitting in additional objects and bringing attributes to his paintings, such as kindness and benevolence, elegance and nobility, refinement and purity, justice and dharma, grace and majesty, strength and fertility, and knowledge and power.


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