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A guide to discovering the art of India & its best artists!

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The Master Sculptor of India: Ramkinkar Baij

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Born into a poor barber's family in Bengal's Bankura district, Ramkinkar Baij is considered to be the "Father of Modern Indian sculpture”. His tryst...
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5 women artists of India that you must know!

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....
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Mahabalipuram : Arjuna’s Penance / Descent of Ganga

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Who doesn't love a great story? Now imagine, the story takes form of sculptures and caves - and 19 of them in the same...

Indian Museum, Kolkata: A History of Indian Sculpture

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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...
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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...
Majumdar

Kshitindranath Majumdar: The Saint Artist

When the Nationalism movement was at its peak, the artists of Bengal, under the tutelage of Abanindranath Tagore worked towards the renaissance of Indian...
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Looking at the art of Amrita Shergil : feat. Activity Sheet!

There are few in India who are unfamiliar with the name of 'Amrita Shergil'. The popular artist, an icon for many, even has a...
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Remembering Sunayani Devi: A forgotten artist from history

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When we think of artists from pre-independence India, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore or Nandalal Bose come to mind. However, it wasn't an all-boys...
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The Abstract Art of 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...
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Mangala Bayi : the invisible artist & sibling of Raja Ravi Varma

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Mangala Bayi Thampuratty (1866 - 1954) was the first woman artist of the nineteenth century who worked within an atelier or a studio. She...
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