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Celebrating the contribution of women to history, culture and society. Read to explore the iconic women artists of India, what we do during Art+Feminism Editathons and more!

The Heritage Lab, in collaboration with WeWork India, was proud to organise India Art Fair’s first ever Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. This was a preview to a larger campaign in March, called Art+Feminism. It is an international movement which seeks to improve content on ‘women in the arts’ on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship of the platform. https://youtu.be/uhNct4zUy1Q The guiding belief of this campaign is that for the world to wake up to women’s contribution to art and history, they must themselves…

rani of jhansi

On this day, that is June 18, we remember the legendary Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai. Often tagged as India’s Joan of Arc, the Queen was a heroine of the 1857 War of Independence (Mutiny). Her legacy lives on today, immortalised by the several stories and songs about her valour. In 1943, the Indian National Army paid her a tribute…

musical instruments national museum

A brass drum from Rajasthan, a Rabab from Kashmir , Edison’s patented phonograph,  a glass Mridangam and so many other instruments from across India at the National Museum New Delhi’s Sharan Rani Gallery of Musical Instruments narrate the fascinating story of India’s musical heritage. The Museum has a collection of 450 old and rare instruments from various regions of India,…

badass-women-national-museum-delhi

Any visit to the National Museum in Delhi is incomplete if you haven’t met some of the badass women who stay here. Every time I go back to the museum, I make it a point to at least say hello to some of them that I really love. Today was no different, and being #WomensHistoryMonth, I thought this would be…

abstract art nasreen mohamedi

“The abstract art of Nasreen Mohamedi is a significant contribution to modernism, expanding the boundaries of western art history” Nasreen Mohamedi is India’s first woman abstract artist, and unrivalled at that. While she remains little known in India (her home country), her contribution to the world of modern art is celebrated proudly by Museums across the world. At a time…

The internet has had a revolutionary impact on how we access and share information. With its arrival, a storehouse of knowledge is ever present at our fingertips. But what happens when this knowledge, which reaches millions, is incomplete or biased? Unfortunately, content on the internet is as gendered as contemporary society. For instance, Wikipedia, the world’s most widely read encyclopedia,…

Art Feminism Government Museum

In 2017, the Heritage Lab organised the first ever Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh. Art+Feminism is a global campaign which seeks to improve content on ‘women in the arts’ on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship of the platform. It believes that for the world to wake up to women’s contribution to art and history,…

5 women artists of india

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, and as promised, here’s my post on the 5 women artists of India along with activity suggestions for children. 1. Sahifa Banu Chances are, if you googled “women artists of India”, you’d come across a series of lists, with some names being common to every compilation. Interestingly, this important name has been omitted, or left…

amrita shergil

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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