Mast Calendar

Having grown up in a typical south Indian middle class household, it was quite natural to keep a track of dates via the ubiquitous religious calendar where each day had a tiny page to itself, with inscriptions of good times, stars, etc. etc. all in Tamil. With a large and colourful (albeit somewhat kitschy) picture, typically of a deity.

Calendar illustrations are such a characteristic- Netaji with painted lips, Mother India. The goddess Saraswati. Lakshmi. Santhoshi Ma. Lurid colours, exaggerated poses, the works. Its but natural that the more cerebral of our modern artists would take this and turn it on its head... An earlier post has already highlighted Pushpamala's Native women of South India project where she played with many depictions of goddesses, and Rang Rasiya, a recent movie, has imaginatively explored Raja Ravi Varma's oeuvre... but neither has the wild wackiness of Red Earth's absolutely brilliant Calendar 2009. For a mere Rs 300, you can have, each month, the likes of the Singh Twins, Waswo, Olivia Fraser, Arjuna, Pushpamala, Alexis Kersey... and six equally distinguished modern artists do their take on Indian Calendar art.

Its not too late. Enjoy the rest of the year with great art on your walls. As well as a great calendar.

Be mast! Write in to us- we'll help you get it.