Venkat Raman Singh Shyam is a renowned artist. Nephew of the legendary Jangarh Singh Shyam, he works with many media and has exhibited widely across the world.
S. Anand is a poet and translator, and the publisher of Navayana. He is the coauthor of Bhimayana and has annotated B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste.
‘Transports the reader to another time and age and space’—John Berger
I wrap your name in mine
I’m mixing weed with wine
I’m the dot, you’re the line
I’m the name, you’re the sign
This book is an exceptional document. It charts the journeys of Venkat, an artist from a remote ‘tribal’ village in the Patangarh area of Madhya Pradesh to the art worlds of Bhopal, Delhi and to foreign lands in the footsteps of his uncle, the legendary Jangarh Singh Shyam who died under mysterious circumstances in Japan. It is a story of survival, both physical and artistic, in the underbelly of cities and in the bylanes of the art market. Written as an autobiography in a wonderfully devised jugalbandi between the artist and his soulmate, Anand, in a dual voice, it charts an unexplored textual territory of narration. The delightful illustrations combine diverse linguistic modes. They approximate the factual and magical passages of the journeys to sparkle with an unusual incandescence.—Gulammohammed Sheikh
Reviews of the book
‘Breathtaking artistic achievement’—The Hindu
‘Something of an oracle’—Biblio: A Review of Books
‘A singular book of dense and haunting beauty’—Scroll.in
‘An extraordinary collaboration between artist and writer’—India Today
‘A book to enjoy. A book to keep. Shamanic and wise’—Hindustan Times
Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and S. Anand