The Tale of the Talking Face

K. G. Subramanyan


11 x 11 inches, 46pp, fully illustrated. November 2011

ISBN : 9780857420053

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Then she sat with her inner


and came to the point straight.

I have shown them my smile,

I have shown them my guile.

Now I shall show them my claws,



Sure, sure, the council said.


Those who won’t see reason

will be hauled up for treason, she



Sure, sure, the council chimed.


So she sent for her redress squad.


The eminent artist K.G. Subramanyan offers this wisely satirical reading of democracy gone wrong, and of the princess whose autocratic rule brought nothing but suffering to the people, despite her ambition of progress for the nation: important moral lesson simply and imaginatively told.


In the mode of his graphic fables series, which treat important issues tellingly through a combination of fable, allegory and bold imagery, this book is as much a visual treat as a comment on the principles of democracy.

K. G. Subramanyan is a veteran artist who has worked with a wide range of media and materials, exhibiting extensively both within and outside the country. A major retrospective of his work was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, in 2003. He has been part of the arts faculty at Baroda and is Professor Emeritus at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. His writings on art have been published widely.


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