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Leading Indian artist Paresh Maity spins a tapestry of life

Acclaimed Paresh Maity is one of seven Indian artists showing their works here next week

Published on May 13, 2014 11:56 AM

Paresh Maity, one of India's most decorated and commercially successful contemporary artists, says the pressure on him has become "even more intense" after he received the Padma Shri, one of the country's top civilian honours.

He was on a desert safari in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan when his name was announced for the honour in January. The 49-year-old received his medal and citation from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in a ceremony on March 31.

He adds in a telephone interview: "With an award such as the Padma Shri comes even greater responsibility. I need to continue creating quality art that can add to the richness and diversity of India and Indian art across the globe."

Ever the restless globe-trotter, the chatty artist was speaking to Life! from London, where he is travelling in search of inspiration for his next project.

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"I want to continue showing that our art can be rooted in our traditions and culture."

Maity, whose art depicts, among other things, scenes in India

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Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

When: May 23 to 25, 11am to 7pm

Admission: Free

Info: Call 9152-2680 or 9850-3187 or go to