Looking At Art

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

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Lightning : When M.F Husain painted India of the 1970s

Think M.F Husain and the words that come to your mind are : horses, umbrellas, barefoot, Madhuri Dixit, Picasso, Bombay. Think deeper,...
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Revisiting Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’ … through Sculpture!

On May 3rd, 1955 'Pather Panchali' (Song of the Little Road) premiered at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, firmly...

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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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...
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How Madhvi Parekh’s art inspires us to keep learning

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Does education end with school? Or do we stop learning once we graduate? At The Heritage Lab, we aspire to learn (and...
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Rediscovering the art of Atasi Barua

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There have been numerous women painters in twentieth century India but unfortunately most of them remain under-represented. Atasi Barua is one such...
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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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How a ‘Woman with a Lamp on Diwali’ became an iconic painting

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This image of a woman holding a lamp is one of India’s most iconic paintings. But what makes it so special? Is the woman...
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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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Nandalal Bose : The Man Who Illustrated the Constitution of India

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The Constitution of India has a simply wonderful story to tell. The journey of its creation is nothing short of a bestseller laden with...
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