Coffee With BS: Anjolie Ela Menon makes a case for gender equality in art

The huge prices in Indian art today are for the 'eight great big daddies of art, so maybe one should wait one's turn in the queue', Menon tells Pavan Lall

Pavan Lall New Delhi
Anjolie Ela Menon

Unlike most artists in the country today, Menon is outspoken on matters of national politics, social affairs and her idea of realpolitik | Illustration: Binay Sinha

There still exists a preference for face-to-face meetings as opposed to video calls, I learn, when Anjolie Ela Menon tells me on the telephone that she will only meet me after June 15, but in person at her home in New Delhi. That’s exactly where I find myself a few days after, visiting her at her apartment in Nizamuddin East.
Once inside, I'm greeted by Menon, petite in a printed silk maroon tunic, paired with pearls and her trademark bindi. Smiling and possessed of warm, intelligent eyes, which seem like they can turn hard in a second were the need to arise, she ushers me into her living room, past a half-complete canvas that lies perched on two chairs that serve as an easel. On the wall is a large Ram Kumar.
Artworks abound all over the house, some by her, some of Christian icons collected from travels in England, Sparta and Russia, and others by masters like Ram Kumar and MF Husain. I walk past an oil painting of a bare-br

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First Published: Jul 24 2021 | 1:20 AM IST

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