New Delhi, Aug. 23 -- One of Jyoti Bhatt's most iconic works is the Kalpavruksha intaglio, which combines folk symbology with modernist flourishes. He went on to do several versions of this, the first one going back to 1972. It was inspired by the lyrical comparison of a woman's eyebrows to a dhanush or bow.

"While making a plate I traced the same contour five times and tried to connect images that came to my mind with that form. Since all these forms were arranged in vertical dimension, it reminded me of a tree and I named it Kalpavruksha," Bhatt told Uma Nair in an interview, printed in the catalogue. And now this signature work is one of 82 intaglios and serigraphs that will soon be on display at Patna's Bihar Museum as part of the sh...