Fun is a word rarely associated with Indian contemporary art these days. In fact, in a genre saturated with weighty, dense ruminations on everything from female violence to brash commercialization, fun is a death knell of sorts, signalling the flighty creations of the less-than-talented.

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Of course, Pande’s programme is considerably more sophisticated, a vector-based software through which Pande can create and manipulate bundles of needle-thin lines. Most end up in vaguely recognizable form, a goat’s head, Pande’s face, googly-eyed souls of indiscernible origin. Often Pande will draw over his creations, which he will sometimes attempt 20 odd times before arriving at a pleasingly random configuration. “I like the idea of blurring the real with the fictional, and creating a tension between them" he says. He revels in the nonsensical, which is why a photo of a raggedy sand filled rubber chappal is given a face, and handle-bar moustache, and why a self-portrait is garlanded with pop-toned patterns of ovals. Closer inspection often reveal faint triangular grids that serve as anchors, a backdrop of recognizable symmetry in a mish-mash of doodled-chaos.

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