Manu Parekh: Bhagalpur blinding

Manu Parekh was born in 1939 in Gujarat. Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. Parekh’s early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as he thought that it was an energetic link that had to be celebrated.

The artist also points out that contradictions have formed the basis of his artistic practice, no matter the subject or genre of his works. This artwork refers to the Bhagalpur blindings which occurred in 1979 and 1980 in Bihar, India when police blinded 31 individuals under trial by pouring acid into their eyes.

Manu Parekh (1939)

Cry (Man-Made Blindness)


Acrylic and oil on canvas board

22 x 30 in.

Signed lower left

Estimate: 15,00,000 - 20,00,000 INR

Provenance: Acquired from the artist


Man-Made Blinding, 1981

Oil on canvas

60 x 80 in

Hammer price: INR 49,50,000

Asta Guru, 23 Aug 2017

The Illustrated Weekly of India: The Features Magazine

Page 20 and 21

March 25 - 31, 1990

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