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Dancing Girl and more art by Chittaprosad

Dancing Girl
8.7 x 6.5 inch (h x w)
Linocut

In his later years, friends visiting Chittaprosad would often find him spending his evenings among children residing in the slums around his chawl in Andheri, Mumbai. He had been introduced to the magical world of puppets by his friend, the Czech artist Frantisek Salaba. Even though their faces hold fixed expressions, Chittaprosad’s rendering of the ‘swirling curves of their flowing dresses,’ seems to capture their movement that is suggested by the tug of strings from which they are hung.

The result of his new-found love was a puppet theatre that he set up and lovingly named Khelaghar or Play-room. Ever-sensitive to the beauty of folk art practices, Chittaprosad studied puppetry traditions in India and started making dolls out of wood, coconut shells, ropes, strings and cotton. They came to life in his performances and, conversely, were immortalised in their most memorable roles in his playful illustrations that capture both their rhythmic dances and their comic immobility.

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other works by Chittaprosad

Untitled
19.5 x 28.6 inch (h x w)
Watercolour on paper

Untitled
13 x 9.1 inch (h x w)
Brush and ink on paper

Untitled
9.1 x 13 inch (h x w)
Linocut on paper

The First Letter Day Ceremony
9.4 x 16.5 inch (h x w)
Linocut

Untitled
14.3 x 10.4 inch (h x w)
Linocut

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more from VMH & DAG Museums

Quote
70 x 84 inch (h x w)

Untitled
19.5 x 28.6 inch (h x w)
Watercolour on paper

Untitled
13 x 9.1 inch (h x w)
Brush and ink on paper

Untitled
9.1 x 13 inch (h x w)
Linocut on paper

In Solidarity, In Solitude
52.8 x 31.2 inch (h x w)

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