Ranjit Hoskote

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Ranjit Hoskote
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Ranjit Hoskoté at Leselenz Hausach 2012
Born (1969-03-29) 29 March 1969 (age 51)
OccupationContemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator

Ranjit Hoskote (born 29 March 1969) is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator. He was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award for life time achievement in 2004.

Early life and education[edit]

Ranjit Hoskote was born in Mumbai and educated at the Bombay Scottish School, Elphinstone College, where he read for a BA in Politics, and the University of Bombay, where he took an MA in English Literature and Aesthetics.


As poet

Hoskote belongs to the younger generation of Indian poets who began to publish their work during the early 1990s.[1][2] He is the author of five collections of poetry: Zones of Assault, The Cartographer's Apprentice, The Sleepwalker's Archive, Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 and Central Time. Hoskote has been seen as extending the Anglophone Indian poetry tradition established by Dom Moraes, Nissim Ezekiel, A.K. Ramanujan and others[3] through "major new works of poetry".[4] His work has been published in numerous Indian and international journals, including Poetry Review (London), Wasafiri, Poetry Wales, Nthposition, The Iowa Review, Green Integer Review, Fulcrum (annual), Rattapallax, Lyric Poetry Review, West Coast Line, Kavya Bharati, Prairie Schooner, Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, The Four Quarters Magazine and Indian Literature. His poems have also appeared in German translation in Die Zeit, Akzente, the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Wespennest and Art & Thought/ Fikrun-wa-Fann. He is the author of four collections of poetry, has translated the Marathi poet Vasant Abaji Dahake, co-translated the German novelist and essayist Ilija Trojanow, and edited an anthology of contemporary Indian verse.[5][6] His poems have appeared in many major anthologies, including Language for a New Century (New York: W. W. Norton, 2008).[7] and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 2008).[8]

Hoskote has also translated the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic-poet Lal Ded, variously known as Lalleshwari, Lalla and Lal Arifa, for the Penguin Classics imprint, under the title I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded. This publication marks the conclusion of a 20-year-long project of research and translation for the author.[9][10][11][12][13]

The critic Bruce King writes of Hoskote's early work in his influential Modern Indian Poetry in English (revised edition: Oxford, 2001): "Hoskote has an historical sense, is influenced by the surreal, experiments with metrics and has a complex sense of the political... An art critic, he makes much use of landscapes, the sky and allusions to paintings. His main theme... is life as intricate, complicated, revolutionary movements in time... We live in a world of flux which requires violence for liberation, but history shows that violence itself turns into oppression and death." Reviewing Hoskote's first book of poems, Zones of Assault, in 1991 for India Today, the poet Agha Shahid Ali wrote: "Hoskote wants to discover language, as one would a new chemical in a laboratory experiment. This sense of linguistic play, usually missing from subcontinental poetry in English, is abundant in Hoskote’s work." A decade later, reviewing Hoskote's third volume, The Sleepwalker's Archive, for The Hindu in 2001, the poet and critic Keki Daruwalla wrote: "It is the way he hangs on to a metaphor, and the subtlety with which he does it, that draws my admiration (not to mention envy)... Hoskote’s poems bear the 'watermark of fable': behind each cluster of images, a story; behind each story, a parable. I haven’t read a better poetry volume in years."[14]

Commenting on Hoskote's poetry on Poetry International Web, the poet and editor Arundhathi Subramaniam observes: "His writing has revealed a consistent and exceptional brilliance in its treatment of image. Hoskote’s metaphors are finely wrought, luminous and sensuous, combining an artisanal virtuosity with passion, turning each poem into a many-angled, multifaceted experience." [15][16] Although he was closely associated with the modernist poet Nissim Ezekiel, who was his mentor, Hoskote does not share Ezekiel's poetics. Instead, his aesthetic choices align him more closely with Dom Moraes and Adil Jussawalla.

In 2004, the year in which Indian poetry in English lost three of its most important figures – Ezekiel, Moraes, and Arun Kolatkar – Hoskote wrote moving obituaries for these "masters of the guild", essays in which he wove personal reminiscence with the editor’s historic mandate of context-making.[17][18][19][20] Hoskote has also written, often, about the place of poetry in contemporary culture, the dynamics of the encounter between reader and poetic text, and the role that reading circles and literary platforms can play in the process of literary socialisation.[21][22]

In 2006, the prestigious literary imprint Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich launched its new poetry series, Edition Lyrik Kabinett, with a German translation of Hoskote's poems, Die Ankunft der Vögel, rendered by the poet Jürgen Brocan. The other two volumes in the series, which was launched at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, were by the renowned American poet Charles Simic and the noted German poet Christoph Meckel.

As a literary organiser, Hoskote has been associated with the PEN All-India Centre, the Indian branch of International PEN, since 1986, and is currently its general secretary, as well as Editor of its journal, Penumbra. He has also been associated with the Poetry Circle Bombay since 1986, and was its President from 1992 to 1997.

As art critic

Recognized as a seminal voice in Indian art criticism from the 1990s onward, Hoskote has been placed by research scholars in a historic lineage of five major art critics active in India over a sixty-year period: "William George Archer, Richard Bartholomew, Jagdish Swaminathan, Geeta Kapur, and Ranjit Hoskote... played an important role in shaping contemporary art discourse in India, and in registering multiple cultural issues, artistic domains, and moments of history."[23][24] Hoskote was principal art critic for The Times of India, Bombay, from 1988 to 1999. Between 1993 and 1999, he was also a leader writer for The Times and wrote a weekly column of lively cultural commentary, "Ripple Effects", for it. In his role as religion and philosophy editor for The Times, he began a popular column on spirituality, sociology of religion, and philosophical commentary, "The Speaking Tree" (he named the column, which was launched in May 1996, after the benchmark 1971 study of Indian society and culture, The Speaking Tree, written by his friend, the scholar and artist Richard Lannoy).[25] Hoskote was an art critic and cultural commentator, as well as a senior editor, with The Hindu, from 2000 to 2007, contributing to its periodical of thought and culture, Folio[26] as well as to its editorial and op-ed pages, and its prestigious Sunday Magazine.

In his role as an art critic, Hoskote has authored a critical biography as well as a major retrospective study of the painter Jehangir Sabavala, and also monographs on the artists Atul Dodiya, Tyeb Mehta, Sudhir Patwardhan, Baiju Parthan, Bharti Kher and Iranna GR. He has written major essays on other leading Indian artists, including, among others, Gieve Patel, Bhupen Khakhar, Akbar Padamsee, Mehlli Gobhai, Vivan Sundaram, Laxman Shreshtha, Surendran Nair,[27] Jitish Kallat, the Raqs Media Collective, Shilpa Gupta and Sudarshan Shetty. Hoskote has also written a monographic essay on the Berlin-based artists Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan.[28]

As cultural theorist

As a cultural theorist, Hoskote has addressed the cultural and political dynamics of postcolonial societies that are going through a process of globalisation, emphasising the possibilities of a 'non-western contemporaneity',[29] "intercultural communication"[30] and "transformative listening".[31] He has also returned often to the theme of the "nomad position"[32][33] and to the polarity between "crisis and critique".[34] In many of his writings and lectures, Hoskote examines the relationship between the aesthetic and the political, describing this as a tension between the politics of the expressive and the expressivity of the political. He has explored, in particular, the connections between popular visual art, mass mobilisations and the emergence of fluid and fluctuating identities within the evolving metropolitan cultures of the postcolonial world, and in what he has called the nascent "third field" of artistic production by subaltern producers in contemporary India, which is "neither metropolitan nor rural, neither (post)modernist nor traditional, neither derived from academic training nor inherited without change from tribal custom" and assimilates into itself resources from the global archive of cultural manifestations.[35][36][37]

Hoskote has also speculated, in various essays, on the nature of a "futurative art" possessed of an intermedia orientation, and which combines critical resistance with expressive pleasure.[38] At the same time, Hoskote has reflected on the place of beauty and the sublime in contemporary cultural practice, often speaking of "experiences parallel to beauty". In a major essay on the subject, he writes that "the modern art-work is often elegiac in nature: it mourns the loss of beauty through scission and absence; it carries within its very structure a lament for the loss of beauty."[39][40]

In a series of essays, papers and articles published from the late 1990s onward, Hoskote has reflected on the theme of the asymmetry between a 'West' that enjoys economic, military and epistemological supremacy and an 'East' that is the subject of sanction, invasion and misrepresentation. In some of these writings, he dwells on the historic fate of the "House of Islam" as viewed from the West and from India, in an epoch "dominated by the NATO cosmology"[41] while in others, he retrieves historic occasions of successful cultural confluence, when disparate belief systems and ethnicities have come together into a fruitful and sophisticated hybridity.[42][43]

More recently, Hoskote, especially in collaboration with Nancy Adajania, has focused on transcultural artistic practice, its institutional conditions, systems of production and creative outcomes, and the radical transformations that it brings about in the relationship between regional art histories and a fast-paced global art situation that is produced within the international system of biennials, collaborative projects, residencies and symposia.[44][45][46][47]

As curator

Hoskote curated his first exhibition, 'Hinged by Light', at the age of 25. In his role as an independent curator, Hoskote has conceived and organised twenty exhibitions of contemporary Indian as well as international art since 1994. These include a mid-career retrospective of the artist Atul Dodiya for the Japan Foundation, Tokyo (2001) and a lifetime retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala for India's National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and New Delhi (2005). Hoskote's exhibitions cover a range of curatorial interests, including sculptural departures from the abstract (as in the 1994 show, Hinged by Light), site-specific public-art installations (as in the 2000 show, Making an Entrance), phantasmagoria (as in the 2006 show, Strangeness), and the curve of a distinctive Indo-Iberian regionality (as in the 2007 survey exhibition, Aparanta: The Confluence of Contemporary Art in Goa).

Hoskote was co-curator of the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008) in South Korea, collaborating on this project with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim.[48][49][50][51]

In 2011, Hoskote was invited to act as curator of the first-ever professionally curated national pavilion of India at the Venice Biennale, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Art. Hoskote titled the pavilion "Everyone Agrees: It's About To Explode", and selected works by the artists Zarina Hashmi, Gigi Scaria, Praneet Soi and the Desire Machine Collective for it. The pavilion was installed in the central Artiglierie section of the Arsenale. Hoskote wrote that his pavilion was "intended to serve as a laboratory in which we will test out certain key propositions concerning the contemporary Indian art scene. Through it, we could view India as a conceptual entity that is not only territorially based, but is also extensive in a global space of the imagination." In making his selection of artists, the curator aimed to "represent a set of conceptually rigorous and aesthetically rich artistic practices that are staged in parallel to the art market. Furthermore, these have not already been valorized by the gallery system and the auction-house circuit.... The Indian manifestation will also focus on artistic positions that emphasize the cross-cultural nature of contemporary artistic production: some of the most significant art that is being created today draws on a diversity of locations, and different economies of image-making and varied cultural histories."[52][53][54][55][56][57]

As cultural activist

Hoskote is also a vocal and articulate defender of cultural freedoms against the monopolistic claims of the State, religious pressure groups and censors, whether official or self-appointed. He has been actively involved in organising protest campaigns in defence of victims of cultural intolerance.[58][59][60][61][62]

Awards, grants and residencies

Hoskote has been a Visiting Writer and Fellow of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa (1995) and was writer-in-residence at the Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003). He has also held a writing residency as part of the Goethe-Institut/ Polnisches Institut project, "The Promised City: Warsaw/ Berlin/ Mumbai" (2010).[63] He was awarded the Sanskriti Award for Literature, 1996, and won First Prize in the British Council/Poetry Society All-India Poetry Competition, 1997. India's National Academy of Letters honoured him with the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award in 2004. The S. H. Raza Foundation conferred its 2006 Raza Award for Literature on Hoskote.

Hoskote has held an Associate Fellowship with Sarai CSDS, a new-media initiative of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, and is in the process of developing, jointly with Nancy Adajania, a new journal of critical inquiry in the visual arts.[64]

Hoskote has been researcher-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, and is a contributor to BAK's long-term Former West platform.[65][66] Hoskote currently lives and works in Mumbai.



  • Hoskote, Ranjit (1991). Zones of assault. New Delhi: Rupa.
  • The Cartographer’s Apprentice. (Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 2000)
  • The Sleepwalker’s Archive. (Single File, Mumbai 2001) REVIEW
  • Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems 1985–2005. (Penguin Books India, New Delhi 2006) ISBN 0-14-306185-2 REVIEW REVIEW
  • Die Ankunft der Vögel, German translation by Jürgen Brocan. (Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich 2006) ISBN 978-3-446-20771-4 REVIEW (in German) REVIEW (in German)
  • Central Time. (Penguin Books India/ Viking, New Delhi 2014) ISBN 9780670086818 AUTHOR INTERVIEW REVIEW AUTHOR PROFILE REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW FEATURE
  • Pale Ancestors. (poems by Ranjit Hoskote and paintings by Atul Dodiya; Bodhi Art, Mumbai 2008) ISBN 978-81-906398-2-8
  • Jonahwhale (2018), Penguin Random House India ISBN 978-93-876250-2-0

Non fiction[edit]

  • Pilgrim, exile, sorcerer : the painterly evolution of Jehangir Sabavala (Eminence Designs, Mumbai 1998)
  • Sudhir Patwardhan: The Complicit Observer. (Eminence Designs/ Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2004) ISBN 81-902170-0-3 REVIEW
  • The Crucible of Painting: The Art of Jehangir Sabavala. (Eminence Designs/ National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai 2005) ISBN 81-902170-9-7
  • Ganesh Pyne: A Pilgrim in the Dominion of Shadows. (Galerie 88, Kolkata 2005)
  • Baiju Parthan: A User's Manual. (Afterimage, Mumbai 2006) ISBN 81-903765-0-0 REVIEW
  • The Dancer on the Horse: Reflections on the Art of Iranna GR. (Lund Humphries/ Ashgate Publishing, London 2007) ISBN 978-0-85331-965-8 EXTRACTS
  • Bharti Kher. (Jack Shainman Gallery, New York 2007) ISBN 978-0-615-16806-7
  • The Crafting of Reality: Sudhir Patwardhan, Drawings. (The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai 2008) ISBN 978-81-903283-8-8 REVIEW
  • Zinny & Maidagan: Das Abteil/ Compartment. (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/ Main & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln 2010) ISBN 978-3-86560-807-9
  • The Dialogues Series. (co-authored with Nancy Adajania; Popular Prakashan/ Foundation B&G, Mumbai 2011; first five books in an 'unfolding programme of conversations with artists'):
  • Anju Dodiya. ISBN 978-81-7991-634-6
  • Atul Dodiya. ISBN 978-81-7991-635-3
  • Veer Munshi. ISBN 978-81-7991-638-4
  • Manu Parekh. ISBN 978-81-7991-637-7
  • Baiju Parthan. ISBN 978-81-7991-636-0 INTERVIEW
  • Praneet Soi. (essays by Charles Esche and Ranjit Hoskote; Distanz Verlag, Berlin 2011) ISBN 978-3-942405-42-3
  • Atul Dodiya. (edited by Ranjit Hoskote, with texts by Thomas McEvilley, Enrique Juncosa, Nancy Adajania and Hoskote; Prestel Verlag, Munich, London & New York 2014) ISBN 978-3-7913-4833-9 REVIEW
  • Kampfabsage. (co-authored with Ilija Trojanow; Random House/ Karl Blessing Verlag, Munich 2007) ISBN 978-3-89667-363-3 (in German)
  • Despair and Modernity: Reflections from Modern Indian Painting. (co-authored with Harsha V. Dehejia and Prem Shankar Jha; Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi 2000) ISBN 81-208-1755-9
  • Confluences: Forgotten Histories From East And West (co-authored with Ilija Trojanow) (New Delhi, Yoda Press 2012) ISBN 978 81 9061 867 0

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2014 Hoskote, Ranjit (6 October 2014). "Homing in on Homer". India Today. 39 (40): 72–73. Chaudhuri, Amit (2015). Odysseus abroad. London: Hamish Hamilton.

As editor[edit]

As translator[edit]

Critical studies and reviews[edit]

Poetry Anthologies[edit]

Exhibitions curated[edit]

  • ‘Hinged by Light’ (paintings and sculptural departures by three major Indian abstractionists: Mehlli Gobhai, Prabhakar Kolte, Yogesh Rawal; Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay, January 1994).
  • ‘Private Languages’ (paintings, sculptures and assemblages by three emerging Indian artists: Anandajit Ray, Ravinder Reddy, Sudarshan Shetty; Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay, January 1997).
  • ‘Making An Entrance’ (site-specific public-art installations by the artists Jehangir Jani, Bharati Kapadia, Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Baiju Parthan and Sudarshan Shetty, set up in the Kala Ghoda precinct, Bombay’s old colonial quarter, during the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2000; Bombay, February 2000).
  • 'Intersections: Seven Artistic Dialogues between Abstraction and Figuration’ (paintings and mixed-media works by Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Mehlli Gobhai, Bharati Kapadia, Yogesh Rawal, Baiju Parthan, C. Douglas and Jitish Kallat; The Guild Art Gallery, Bombay, February 2000).
  • 'Family Resemblances: Nine Approaches to a Mutable Self’ (paintings by Laxman Shreshtha, Sachin Karne, Atul Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Baiju Parthan, Amitava Das, Surendran Nair, Anju Dodiya and Gargi Raina; The Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Bombay, March 2000).
  • ‘The Bodied Self’ (paintings by Anju Dodiya, Jehangir Jani and Theodore Mesquita; Gallery Sans Tache, Bombay, April 2001).
  • ‘Labyrinth/ Laboratory’ (a mid-career retrospective of Atul Dodiya, including paintings, sculpture-installations and assemblages, at the invitation of the Japan Foundation; Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, June–July 2001).
  • ‘The Active Line’ (drawings by Jehangir Sabavala, Mehlli Gobhai, Laxma Goud, Manjit Bawa and Jogen Chowdhury; The Guild Art Gallery, Bombay, December 2001)
  • 'Clicking into Place' (a trans-Asian exhibition—the Indian phase of 'Under Construction', below—including paintings by Alfredo Esquillo/ Manila, Shibu Natesan/ London, Jitish Kallat/ Bombay, and a digital installation by Baiju Parthan/ Bombay; Sakshi Gallery, Bombay, February 2002).
  • 'Under Construction' (Hoskote was co-curator for this collaborative curatorial project, initiated by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, which took place at various venues in Asia, culminating in an exhibition at the Japan Foundation Forum and the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, in December 2002). REVIEW
  • 'Visions of Landscape' (paintings by Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Sudhir Patwardhan, Laxman Shreshtha, Atul Dodiya and Shibu Natesan; The Guild Art Gallery, Bombay, January 2005).
  • 'Jehangir Sabavala: A Retrospective' (a monographic exhibition of Sabavala’s art, covering the period 1942–2005; The National Gallery of Modern Art: Bombay and New Delhi, November–December 2005).
  • ‘Strangeness’ (paintings, drawings, mixed-media works and sculpture-installations by Krishen Khanna, Baiju Parthan, Theodore Mesquita, Viraj Naik, Tina Bopiah, Sunil Gawde, Rajeev Lochan, Riyas Komu, T. V. Santhosh, Krishnamachari Bose, Krishnaraj Chonat; Anant Art Gallery, Calcutta, January 2006).REPORT
  • 'Aparanta: The Confluence of Contemporary Art in Goa’ (a survey exhibition gathering together 265 art-works by 22 contemporary artists and 4 historic masters, ranging across oils, watercolours, drawings, graphics, mixed-media works, sculptures and video-installations; artists include F N Souza, V S Gaitonde, Angelo da Fonseca, Laxman Pai; Antonio e Costa, Alex Tavares, Wilson D'Souza, Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal, Hanuman Kambli, Giraldo de Sousa, Vidya Kamat, Viraj Naik, Siddharth Gosavi, Pradeep Naik, Subodh Kerkar, Rajan Fulari, Rajendra Usapkar, Santosh Morajkar, Yolanda de Sousa-Kammermeier, Nirupa Naik, Chaitali Morajkar, Liesl Cotta De Souza, Querozito De Souza, Shilpa Mayenkar, Baiju Parthan, and Dayanita Singh; Old Goa Medical College Building/ Escola Medica e Cirurgica de Goa, for the Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Panjim, April 2007). CURATORIAL ESSAY REVIEW REVIEW
  • The 7th Gwangju Biennale (Artistic Director: Okwui Enwezor; Curators: Ranjit Hoskote and Hyunjin Kim; Gwangju, South Korea, 5 September-9 November 2008).
  • 'To See is To Change: A Parallax View of 40 Years of German Video Art' (a re-curation of the globally circulating Goethe-Institut collection, '40 Years of German Video Art', as a 2-day annotated screening cycle and symposium by a group of theorists, artists and enthusiasts: Nancy Adajania, Shaina Anand, Ranjit Hoskote, Ashok Sukumaran, Kabir Mohanty, Mriganka Madhukaillya, Kaushik Bhaumik, Devdutt Trivedi, and Rana Dasgupta; Jnanapravaha & Chemould Prescott Road, Bombay, 14–15 November 2008). CONCEPT, DESCRIPTION & SCHEDULE ARCHIVAL VIDEO
  • 'ZIP Files' (an editorial selection from the Foundation B&G collection, including paintings, photographic works and sculptures by 24 contemporary artists, including Rameshwar Broota, Surendran Nair, Riyas Komu, Ram Rahman, N. S. Harsha, Nataraj Sharma, Valsan Koorma Kolleri, Jogen Chowdhury, Manu Parekh, Madhvi Parekh, Gargi Raina, Ajay Desai, Krishnamachari Bose, Sumedh Rajendran, Veer Munshi, Pooja Iranna, Baiju Parthan, Rekha Rodwittiya, G. R. Irannna, Ravi Kumar Kashi, H. G. Arunkumar, Subhash Awchat, K. S. Radhakrishnan, and Farhad Hussain; Foundation B&G & Tao Art Gallery, Bombay, February 2009 and Foundation B&G & Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi, April 2009). REVIEW REVIEW
  • 'Shrapnel' (an exhibition of recent works by Veer Munshi, developed through an ongoing dialogue between Munshi and Hoskote; the exhibition included extracts from the artist's ongoing photographic archive, 'Pandit Houses', and his painting-based installation, 'The Chamber'; Foundation B&G and Tao Art Gallery, Bombay, March 2009). CURATORIAL ESSAY
  • 'The Pursuit of Intensity: Manu Parekh, Selected Works 2004–2009' (Foundation B&G and Tao Art Gallery, October 2009). CURATORIAL ESSAY
  • 'Retrieval Systems' (an exhibition exploring the use of memory as resource in the work of Alex Fernandes, B. Manjunath Kamath, Baiju Parthan, G. R. Iranna, and Tina Bopiah; Art Alive, New Delhi, November 2009).
  • 'Detour: Five Position Papers on the Republic' (an exhibition conceived as a 'critical homage' on the centennial of Gandhi's Hind Swaraj, 1909, with works by Dayanita Singh, Ram Rahman, Ravi Agarwal, Samar Jodha, and Sonia Jabbar; Chemould Prescott Road, Bombay, December 2009 – January 2010). CURATORIAL ESSAY, WORKS & INSTALLATION VIEWS
  • Everyone Agrees: It's About To Explode (the India pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, La Biennale di Venezia, with works by Zarina Hashmi, Gigi Scaria, Praneet Soi, and the Desire Machine Collective/ Sonal Jain & Mriganka Madhukaillya; Arsenale, Venice, June–November 2011).
  • 'The Needle on the Gauge: The Testimonial Image in the Work of Seven Indian Artists' (an exhibition featuring works by Indian photographers extending their practice through documentary projects, video works, blogs and social initiatives: Ravi Agarwal, Gauri Gill, Samar Jodha, Ryan Lobo, Veer Munshi, Ram Rahman, Gigi Scaria; CACSA/ Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, September–October 2012).
  • 'Nothing is Absolute: A Journey through Abstraction', co-curated by Ranjit Hoskote & Mehlli Gobhai (The Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, CSMVS/ formerly the Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, February–August 2013). REVIEW REVIEW
  • 'The 4th Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, Prospects', co-convened by Boris Buden, Boris Groys, Kathrin Klingan, Maria Hlavajova, Ranjit Hoskote, Kathrin Rhomberg and Irit Rogoff (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, March 2013).
  • ‘Experiments with Truth: Atul Dodiya, Works 1981-2013’ (The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi: November–December 2013).
  • ‘No Parsi is an Island’, co-curated by Ranjit Hoskote & Nancy Adajania (The National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay: December 2013-February 2014).
  • 'Zameen' (an exhibition including works by Ravi Agarwal, Atul Dodiya, Vishwajyoti Ghosh, H. G. Arunkumar, Zarina Hashmi, Ranbir Kaleka, Ryan Lobo, Veer Munshi, Jagannath Panda, Baiju Parthan, Ashim Purkayastha, Ram Rahman, Gargi Raina, Gigi Scaria and Praneet Soi; Art District XIII, New Delhi: October 2014-February 2015).
  • 'The Shadow Trapper's Almanac: Tanmoy Samanta, Recent Works' (TARQ, Mumbai: November 2014-January 2015).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See Wikipedia entry on Indian Writing in English.
  2. ^ See 'another subcontinent' forum, for a close reading and discussion of Ranjit Hoskote's poetry and poetics
  3. ^ Anjum Hasan, 'Watering the Desert: Modern Indian-English Poetry'
  4. ^ Douglas Messerli's essay on Ranjit Hoskote's poetry, 'Cultivating Mirages'
  5. ^ See Penguin Books India: Author Lounge
  6. ^ See, also, Rizio Raj's contextualisation of Hoskote's generation of poets
  7. ^ Language for a New Century, eds. Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal & Ravi Shankar (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
  8. ^ The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, ed. Jeet Thayil (Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 2008).
  9. ^ Kashmir's wise old Grandmother Lal Review by Aditi De, of Ranjit Hoskote’s I, Lalla in The Hindu/ Business Line.
  10. ^ Mystic insights Review by Abdullah Khan, of I, Lalla in The Hindu
  11. ^ Words are floating Review by Jerry Pinto, of I, Lalla in Hindustan Times
  12. ^ I, Lalla/ Songs of Kabir Archived 26 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Extracts from Ranjit Hoskote's I, Lalla and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra's Songs of Kabir in The Caravan.
  13. ^ Lalla and Kabir, resurrected Article by Nilanjana S. Roy, on Ranjit Hoskote's I, Lalla and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra's Songs of Kabir.
  14. ^ Keki Daruwalla's review of Hoskote's 'The Sleepwalker's Archive'
  15. ^ Arundhathi Subramaniam's introduction to Hoskote's work
  16. ^ See, also, 'Spy, Interpreter, Double Agent': interview with Ranjit Hoskote by Arundhathi Subramaniam
  17. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote: Obituary essay for Nissim Ezekiel
  18. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote: Obituary essay for Dom Moraes
  19. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote: Front-page obituary for Dom Moraes
  20. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote: Editorial Page obituary for Arun Kolatkar
  21. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote: "State of enrichment"
  22. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote: "Poet's nightmare"
  23. ^ Vidya Shivadas, "Mapping the field of Indian art criticism: Post-Independence", Asia Art Archive research project
  24. ^ Vidya Shivadas, "Mapping the field of Indian art criticism: Post-Independence", Asia Art Archive research project
  25. ^ See Richard Lannoy, The Speaking Tree
  26. ^ See Index of The Hindu: Folio.
  27. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote, "The Openness of Secrecy: Soliloquy and Conversation in the Art of Surendran Nair".
  28. ^ See Extract from Ranjit Hoskote, "The Irresistible Call of the Future: On Zinny + Maidagan's Das Abteil/ Compartment".
  29. ^ See Concept note for Heinrich Böll Stiftung international conference on "Identities versus Globalisation" (Chiang Mai, 2004).
  30. ^ See Proceedings of Res Artis annual meeting (New Delhi, 1998).
  31. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote, "Notes towards the Possibility of Transformative Listening" (Initiative Humboldt-Forum, Berlin, April 2010).
  32. ^ See Reflection by Ranjit Hoskote on "The Nomad Position"
  33. ^ See Essay by Ranjit Hoskote on the Raqs Media Collective.
  34. ^ See Essay by Ranjit Hoskote in Sarai Reader 04/ "Crisis/Media".
  35. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote's review of Christopher Pinney's Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India.
  36. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote's essay, "Performing a Life, Living a Performance", on Alex Fernandes: Tiatristes
  37. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote, "Now that the trees have spoken".
  38. ^ See Essay by Ranjit Hoskote for the Jochen Gerz Foundation's Anthology of Art project (2001)
  39. ^ See Essay by Ranjit Hoskote: "Experiences Parallel to Beauty"
  40. ^ See, also, Review in The Hindu: "Battling with beauty"
  41. ^ See The View from a "Globalized" India: Essay by Ranjit Hoskote at www.counterpunch.org
  42. ^ See Broadcast by Ranjit Hoskote for BBC
  43. ^ Essay by Ranjit Hoskote on the Ramayana as a travelling text
  44. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote, "Signposting the Indian Highway"
  45. ^ See Nancy Adajania & Ranjit Hoskote, "Notes towards a Lexicon of Urgencies" (Independent Curators International, Dispatch. Archived 6 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  46. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote & Nancy Adajania, in NJP Reader # 1: Contributions to an Artistic Anthropology.
  47. ^ See The Biennial Reader, edited by Marieke van Hal and Solveig Ovstebo
  48. ^ Gwangju Biennale website
  49. ^ Artforum: Philip Tinari's review of 7th Gwangju Biennale 2008
  50. ^ Art in America: Eleanor Heartney's review of 7th Gwangju Biennale 2008.
  51. ^ Art in Asia: Feature on 7th Gwangju Biennale 2008.
  52. ^ The Biennial Foundation: note on India pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale.
  53. ^ La Biennale di Venezia: note on India pavilion
  54. ^ Domus: Radhika Desai's review-feature on India Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, curated by Ranjit Hoskote.
  55. ^ The Hindu: Rana Siddiqui Zaman's report on India Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale
  56. ^ Los Angeles Times: Jori Finkel's report on 54th Venice Biennale.
  57. ^ Outlook: Maseeh Rahman's column on 54th Venice Biennale and the India pavilion.
  58. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote: "Enemies of cultural freedom"
  59. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote, "Painting the art world red"
  60. ^ See Amit Varma: The India Uncut blog
  61. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote, 'Liberally dispensing death'
  62. ^ See Letter from PEN All-India Centre, protesting attacks on Indian Christians
  63. ^ See Ranjit Hoskote, writer-in-residence, "The Promised City".
  64. ^ See Nancy Adajania & Ranjit Hoskote: A New Journal for the Arts Archived 7 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  65. ^ See BAK: 4th Former West Research Congress
  66. ^ See BAK: On Horizons, a Critical Reader in Contemporary Art

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