Kashmir in the paintings of B.Prabha

B.Prabha (b.1933) was one of the most prominent women artists of post-Independent India. She was born in Bela, a town near Nagpur and studied at the J.J School of Art. Prabha became known for her graceful, elegant depictions of working women. In her paintings, we meet women from different social backgrounds and get an intimate glimpse into their world. It is believed that Air India started its widely known art-collection with her artworks from the 1950s (when she was still a student).

In the mid 1960s, B.Prabha travelled to Kashmir, documenting the valley and its women.

View of Kashmir, B.Prabha | Photo via Sothebys

Take a careful look at the panorama-style painting above. In her signature style, B.Prabha spotlights the local community and occupations of ordinary people: the boatmen, the artisans and craftspeople, the agricultural labour and even a man selling birds! Take another look : how many signatures of Prabha do you find? They’re almost hidden away in different parts of the painting.

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