Raja Ravi Varma – the celebrated painter prince

Raja Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran (29 April 1848 – 2 October 1906) was a celebrated Indian painter and artist. He is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons. Firstly, his works are held to be among the best examples of the fusion […]

The importance of animals in ancient Indian art

October 4th is considered as World Animal Day . World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually. So today let us see how animals have been an integral part of Indian art. India is a land that comprises of vast mountains, planes, tropical forests, rivers, seas, deserts […]

Ancient Indian Art – The unseen antiquities of Indus Valley Civilisation

It all began with the handwork of a team of British Railway contractors. In the latter part of the 19th century, they were laying the track from Multan to Lahore, spreading the tentacles of the empire. To their astonishment they found underneath the surface soil a ready supply of burnt bricks which they could use […]

Step into the grandeur of nether world – Step Well

Step Wells are wells or ponds in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected and are often of architectural significance. They also may be multi-storied having a bullock which may turn the water wheel (“rehat”) to raise the water in the well to the […]

The Ajanta cave paintings – a brief note

Hidden away in the hills of Northwest India, some 200 miles from the busy streets of Mumbai, emerge a magnificent jewel of art and religion: the Ajanta Caves. There are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The Ajanta cave paintings and rock cut […]