Amongst these is a series of 12 works from 2003 called the Antler Anthology which has Gujarati poetry written on the paintings. Atul, a Saurashtrian living in Mumbai, was extremely hurt and upset by what happened to Gandhi's Gujarat during the riots of 2002. He says he could not talk about what happened, but the paintings were an attempt to reclaim Gujarati as a language of love and hope, not hatred and violence or a reaction to aggressive religiosity.
For Atul Dodiya life and art have always been inseparable. That's why from the time he was a student at the JJ School of Arts in Mumbai in the early 1980s his works are replete with references to cities, cinema, literature, social movements and politics, and people who continue to inspire him.
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