Arzan Khambatta in his studio in Sewri, Mumbai
Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

Arzan's iron, wood and copper sculptures against exposed brick walls and concrete flooring

An unfinished bust of Zarathushtra by Arzan

Arzan Khambatta’s studio is straight out of a movie set

by Nadezna Siganporia Oct 31, 2017 A metal grilled facade and a repurposed iron door is all the indication that you have reached Arzan Khambatta’s studio in Sewri, Mumbai. The unassuming exterior has no fancy signage, no flounce – in fact no name at all. It’s only once you enter that you are welcomed into a labyrinth of floor to ceiling sculptures, works in progress and the happy clanking of men and machines creating magic. And just like his studio, the artist is an energetic maze of ideas once you get talking.

His journey grew from the grungy and raw “scraptures”, to well-received solo shows and public installations, to dabbling in film-making, photography, interior design and even stand-up comedy. “My career happened naturally…it has been a series of experiments that will never stop,” he says. And he needed the right space to do just that.

The studio is his temple – everything he stands for starts from here. It’s no wonder it’s packed with treasures and pieces in varying phases of completion. His cabin is filled with his photographs, framed 8,000 piece puzzles and ink drawings, a low marble topped table cluttered with items each with a story, and sketch books chockfull of intricate doodlings that take on a life of their own. “Things may look cluttered but there is tremendous structure to it all,” he says, “…this studio is the contact point for my existence.” 

An unfinished bust of Zarathushtra by Arzan