KHOJ, Navayana, and Juggernaut organised the launch of the book Finding My Way by Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and S. Anand.
By a small green hill called Patangarh flows the Narmada, the oldest river in the Indian subcontinent, once called Gondwana. Here, the Pardhan Gonds make extraordinary murals on their adobe homes, play the bana and sip mahua.
As a Gond artist today, Venkat Raman Singh Shyam’s art talks to both these walls and the spires of Gaudí’s extravagance in Sagrada Familia. His life too has travelled such distances. Twenty years ago Venkat had to draw a rickshaw to survive Delhi. Today he draws one to tell his life’s story in Finding my Way.
Through his journey he sings Kabir, as he winds his way into his pasts and futures to find a way to the present. Venkat is joined by S. Anand, who finds the words for the story.
Ravish Kumar, journalist and writer, was conversation with Venkat and Anand for this event.
An installation and an exhibition of original art works from the book was on show till 11th May 2016 at KHOJ Studios
Venkat Raman Singh Shyam is a renowned Pardhan Gond artist.
S Anand is a publisher and a poet. He collaborated with Venkat on Finding My Way.
Ravish Kumar is a television anchor, and also a satirist, poet, blogger and podcaster at Radio Ravish. He is the author of Ishq Mein Shaher Hona.