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Collection

Shiavax Chavda

(India 1914 – 1990)

Title
Manipuri drummer
Place of origin
India
Year
1963
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
ink and pencil on paper
Dimensions

47.0 x 37.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l. l. corner in English and Devnagari script
Credit
Gift of Zenobia Boyce 2008
Accession number
246.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

Shiavax Chavda was born in Navsari, Gujarat and in 1930 joined the Sir JJ school of Art, Mumbai. He continued his training at the Slade School, London and later at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris. Having worked as a sets designer the Diaghelev Ballet while he studied in Paris, Chavda grew interested in capturing the rhythm and movement of dancers. Energetic depictions of traditional Indian dancers and musicians are a hallmark of Chavda's work. 'The Dancer' and 'Manipuri drummer' reveal his characteristic use of quick, deft brushstrokes to capture movement and to convey vigour. Colour, used sparingly, heightens the drama and dynamism of the figures.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2008