Leeka is Sindhi for ‘line’. It is also the generic name of a diverse series of works where Talpur creates free and, more recently, ruled lines on paper and canvas. Talpur works obsessively to fill the space with lines. Thick and thin, horizontal and vertical, crossing and parallel, solid and fragmented, wavy and straight – Talpur’s lines create a plethora of effects: from organic formations reminiscent of waves, ripples and sand dunes to the mesh of muslin or coarse khadi.

The Leeka drawings also reveal Talpur’s fascination with the aesthetic power of repetition – one he has explored through the musical rhythms of the tabla. This power of repetition is reinforced by his meditative way of working, where he draws lines in a single stroke over a single breath.


  • Title: Leeka Series
  • Creator: Mohammad Ali Talpur
  • Date Created: 2006
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Physical Dimensions: 36.2 X 25cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Method or Style: Pen and ink on paper
  • Collaborating Institution: Devi Art Foundation

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