Alwar Balasubramaniam: The reclusive superstar
You can't pin down the 'Indianness' in his art. Yet few contemporary artists can match Alwar Balasubramaniam's rise
It is cold and windy in New Delhi on 30 December, but it’s a day when spirits are somewhat lighter than usual—several bleak and hazy days later, the sun has made a half-hearted appearance. As we head towards the front garden of Talwar Gallery, a nondescript bungalow in the residential colony of Neeti Bagh in south Delhi, Alwar Balasubramaniam, a man from the sunny south, laughs when asked about his appearance: a cotton shirt with jeans, and rubber chappals. His reaction, however, suggests that the cold doesn’t trouble him a bit.