Sunday, November 21, 2010

Of One Generation

I spent one month in Mumbai this October, assisting Sakshi Gallery coordinate an exhibition called SCRATCH curated by Swapan Seth that was presented at the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi. During the experience, I discovered a common connection between the artist Nnenna Okore and the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, both of whose works I admire immensely. Both these individuals studied at the University of  Nigeria in Nsukka and at Universities in the USA. Having only a difference of two years in age, they are the voices of our generation who are contributing significantly to the creative world with their preoccupations being rooted to their immediate history and reality of the countries they reside in. It is wonderful to see threads of commonality in their sensibilities which  are evidently nurtured by the involvement with their own contemporaries. On similar lines, I've begun to read A New Anthem, which is an anthology of English writing by mainly second-generation South Asian writers, edited by Ahmede Hussain.

Malavika Rajnarayan

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