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Pānini's Quest


Title of Work: Pānini's Quest

2012, 24 x 24 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, Series Name: Language


“I’m interested in breaking down of images, underlying impulses, concept and ideas by splitting them into tiles, and not creating them from “pixels”” — Malcolm Fernandes

While all ancient cultures around the world developed their own linguistic practices through history, the formal study of language is often considered to have started in India with Pāṇini — the Sanskrit philologist, grammarian, and scholar who lived in the 5th century BC and formulated more than three thousand rules of Sanskrit morphology.

“What does it take to sift through the primitives of your being (and the storms they carry) and temper them (down to a point) just enough so as to successfully apply reason, intelligence and a system of code for use in life and society?"


"This is the question that served as impetus for this work.”



What is the significance of the “pixelated” tiles in this work? Find out more about the Language series here.

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