For Seekers Of Meaning
India Travel sketches

In December 2017, Reinhard Kleist spent a month in India on the invitation of the Goethe-Institut. He appeared for live drawing sessions, workshops and readings in Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and New Delhi, and he participated in DeCAF, Delhi’s first Comic Arts Festival. He also visited the Taj Mahal, Kovalam, Jaipur and Pune. The result is his “India Travel Sketches”.

Extracts from "India Travel sketches":

  • Kleist_Agra. © Reinhard Kleist

  •  Kleist_Jaipur © Reinhard Kleist


  • Kleist_Kovalam © Reinhard Kleist


  •  Kleist_Chennai © Reinhard Kleist


  • Kleist_Jaipur © Reinhard Kleist

  • Kleist_Jaipur © Reinhard Kleist


  • Kleist_Chennai © Reinhard Kleist


About the artist Reinhard Kleist:

His most successful works include ‘Cash – I See a Darkness’, ‘The Boxer’ and ‘An Olympic Dream’. He has won the Max & Moritz Prize for the best German-language comic book artist and the German Children’s Literature Award for non-fiction.

Travelpedia: India

  • Kleist: Kolkata © Reinhard Kleist (Detail)

    Kolkata (formerly: Calcutta) is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Founded as a trading post for the British East India Company, Kolkata was the capital of British India from 1773 to 1911. Today, it is valued for its great colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals.

  • Kleist: Jaipur © Reinhard Kleist (Detail)

    Pink City: Jaipur owes its nickname to the reddish-colored facades of its most important buildings. The capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan fascinates with unique buildings such as the Amber Fort and the Palace of the Winds.

Barbara Buchholz in conversation about "Travel Sketches India"

The local Goethe-Institut sent me through the city with two employees, and I was asked to sit down and draw somewhere and they took photos of me. That was a little absurd, because for me drawing is actually about observing and not being the centre of attention."


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