As humans, our desire to record ourselves is perhaps as old as the history of art making itself. The story of portraiture in Indian art is a fascinating journey, encompassing notions of the real and the ideal, the observed and the imagined.
An average Bengali household in any part of the world is likely to have three things in common – a portrait of the Vaishnava saint Ramakrishna, one of his disciple Vivekananda and a painting by Jamini Roy. Learn more about one of India’s foremost modernists!
Our interest in the animal world is as old as time. Even before we learnt how to farm or build houses, we were drawing animals in our cave walls, spinning magical stories around them and venerating them in our shrines. Learn more about the representation of the animal world in Indian art.
Born in pre-Independent India, in pre-partition West Bengal, Arpita Singh ranks among India’s most prominent contemporary artists. For an artist not given to complex explanations of her own art, Singh’s paintings are quite complex – both in themes and in colour palettes.
Who does not like stories? From the earliest humans drawing mysterious motifs on cave walls to an online video gone viral – we are really just finding ever-innovative ways to create and share stories all the time.
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