Written by Bansie Vasvani
Talk about urbanization to any Indian artist and they will probably get their hackles up. Rapid expansion and accommodation for India’s growing merchant and professional class has led to the wonton demolition of old buildings and historical architecture. Furthermore, swift encroachment on agricultural and rural populations has outstripped the provision of housing for the dispossessed. For many artists, this contentious subject matter has become the mainstay of their practice as they hold a mirror up for the rest of us to see what exactly is taking place.