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Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1948 by Nathuram Godse, sending an entire nation into shock, disbelief & grief. As India  remembers ‘bapu’ on his death anniversary today,  here’s a look into 5 artworks that are a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, a global icon for peace. Mahatma Gandhi in Art There are so many artists who have been influenced by Gandhi’s life, and ideals and each one’s experience of Gandhi has been different. Yet, a common…

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Looking at Art : Jamini Roy Activity Sheet

Jamini Roy, Tagore and a sholapith – terracotta Durga are essential to every Bengali household and my grandparents’ home wasn’t any different. Of all the three, I found Jamini Roy’s art to be most child-friendly and fun. Yesterday was this iconic artist’s 130th birthday, and the Google-Doodle brought back many childhood memories – which is why, I created this post with a…

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Looking at the art of Amrita Shergil : Activity

It’s really funny how art is so gendered and presumably “female” and yet somehow, if I asked you to name 5 women artists, you’d struggle. This is the month where every brand, every advertisement and every event focuses on “women”, so its only fair that we put some spotlight on some amazing women artists of India – starting with the…

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In Pictures: Christian Art in the Mughal Period

The Introduction of Christianity Jesuit missionaries were the first group of Europeans to visit the Mughal court. They initially arrived at the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1542. At the invitation of Akbar (r. 1556-1605), there were altogether three Jesuit missions. The third was headed by Father Jerome Xavier (1549-1617) who arrived in Lahore in 1595 and remained at court…

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Mahabalipuram: The Varaha Cave Temple

Visiting the Mahabalipuram group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was on my bucket list and I finally got to put a check against it.  The group of monuments have served as backdrop for classical dance videos, inspired some great photography and is a treat for archaeology enthusiasts. The monuments which were given the World Heritage Status as long back as 1984,…

Indian Museum, Kolkata: A History of Indian Sculpture

Republished with Permission from Rama Arya’s Blog A nondescript placard on the wall reads: “Buddhist Stupa, 2nd Century BC, Bharhut, Madhya Pradesh.” I turn around and almost knock into a magnificent red sandstone 9-feet high railing and 23-feet high gateway, teetering in awe at its grandeur and proximity. It is covered profusely with intricate imagery of secular life and Buddhist…

World of Rock Art

UNESCO World Heritage site, Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh has some of the oldest art on rocks. The name “Bhimbetka” means the “sitting place of Bhima” which alludes to its connection with Mahabharata times. When the World of Rock Art exhibition came to Chandigarh, I was naturally very excited. I had just finished a 3-day session with school students on…

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