Respondent Hemant Sareen noted that in their own ways, each artist in the session is engaged in a playful way with the traditional form of the book. Sareen saw the session as a brief survey of Indian art portraying a generational shift from the traditional to the conceptual. He recalled that in the Talmudic tradition, if the content of a particular book was read in a correct sequence a life form would be produced – a fittingly corporeal motif on which to end the musings of this day.
"TAKE precipitated a longtime dream to connect the stories and knowledge of artists, art historians, critics, curators, gallerists and administrators, without distinction, while evolving a language for art writing that could establish camaraderie between these various wheels that propel the arts forward. It eventually took form and took off into the art world’s orbit in 2009 with the mission to infuse conversation and discourse on the arts into the phantasmagoric shell that the boom had turned art into. TAKE was committed to being a platform for its readers and writers—far apart as they might be physically—to come together in the simultaneity of its pages. I wanted the journal to not just be the end result of the efforts of its contributors, but also be the friend and the mentor that I had sought while starting out—a witness and participant to coffee table discussions, tea stall banter and the wine and cheese of the white cube—in the formal, more accessible mode of a publication."
- Excerpt from the editorial by Bhavna Kakar