The following is an extract from Ranjit Hoskote's curatorial essay for Opening Lines: Ebrahim Alkazi, Works 1948-1971 (Art Heritage, New Delhi, 2019). Bombay's cosmopolitanism, especially between the 1930s and the 1960s, has often been misunderstood as merely a byproduct of Westernisation. Bombay had an Art Deco quarter before Miami did; it featured on the international jazz circuit. And...
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