Shanti Panchal’s work evokes the paradox of the human heart.SHANTI PANCHAL’S multi-layered watercolours explore with subtle vibrancy the mystery of our origins in nature and the cosmos. His still figures, with their vast, poignantly emphatic eyes (like those in a Jain miniature) focusing at once inwardly and beyond, appear both universal and intimately personal, each one a recognisable individual and a yearningly vulnerable soul.

In Mesar, the Indian village in northern Gujarat where Panchal was brought up, the youngest of four brothers and with a younger sister, birthdates were traditionally ...


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