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5 women artists of India that you must know!

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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Looking at the art of Amrita Shergil : Activity

It is ironic how art is so gendered and presumably “female” and yet somehow, if you were asked to name 5 women...
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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”....
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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...
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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...
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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...

Chitranibha Chowdhury: the first woman painter of Bangladesh and Shantiniketan’s first female professor

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Even though women have made art for centuries in the Indian subcontinent, the historical narrative has somewhat favoured the male painterly traditions....
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