Syed Haider Raza and The Black Dot

In the symbolic language of colors and shapes Syed Haider Raza uses to interpret his world, one combination takes precedence over all others: the black bindu (black dot). The central point of meditation and existence, the bindu is fittingly the pinnacle of Raza’s artistic practice; in this iteration, it is used to denote a sense of nothingness (Tam Soonya translates as “in your absence”)—the nothingness from which all is born. 

On the repetitive use of this motif, Raza explains: “You have to concentrate on one idea. I usually offer one advice to young men, concentrate on one woman. One woman gives everything. One idea is sufficient for an artist. For me, the ‘bindu’ has been a vast subject with its variations throughout my life.”