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Sudhir Patwardhan's tireless documenting of Mumbai's people and places

It is impossible for Mumbaikars not to glimpse themselves or someone they know in Patwardhan's oeuvre

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Ranjita Ganesan 

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Mumbai Proverbs | Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar

In Sudhir Patwardhan’s Paying the Bill (2005), a woman stands stoically at the counter of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board office, umbrella tucked under one arm and her mouth gripping a purse so that her hands are free to rummage in a plastic bag. She is likely searching for the bill. Just hours before seeing this work at the ongoing retrospective of the artist at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, I had hiked to one such ramshackle office myself, to pay dues that wouldn’t go through on the internet.

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First Published: Sat, January 11 2020. 00:21 IST
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