Her Dot on the Map

By Sumati Mehrishi

For British-born artist Bharti Kher, the ubiquitous bindi of Indian women is more than just a dot. It is a celebration of feminism, of pride in gender. Her work with the bindi, her understanding of its symbolism and the colourful ornamentation’s absence from her person are only just a few facets of feminism that the artist is associated with. She is also a befitting representation of Delhi, which she has called home for more than two decades. And she is both global and she is Indian. She revels in her roots. Bharti creates records with her art at auctions, the feminine aspect of a power couple with best-selling artist Subodh Gupta. She hugs. She loves. She listens.

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