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Know the artist of Kochi-Muziris Biennale’16 – Himmat Shah

Himmat Shah was born in Lothal, Gujarat in 1933 and grew up in surrounded by the remnants of a prominent port city of Indus Valley Civilisation. He moved to Bhavnagar as a young boy and studied at Gharshala, a school affiliated to Dakshinamurti, the intellectual and cultural centre of the nationalist renaissance in Gujarat. At […]

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Pattachithra – the amazing folk art of Odisha

Pattachithra is a traditional painting of Odisha, India.These paintings are based on Hindu mythology and specially inspired by Jagannath and Vaishnava sect. Pattachithra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra […]

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Know the artist of Kochi-Muziris Biennale’16 – Abir Karmakar

Born in 1977 in Siliguri, West Bengal, Abir Karmakar completed his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, in 2001, and then his Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, in 2003. Karmakar is known for his casual and voyeuristic self-portraits, in which […]

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Origin and development of Bundi School of Painting

Bundi School of Painting has always enjoyed a special place of pride and dignity in the art museums of the world. No museum is complete without inclusion of these Bundi paintings of Rajasthan. The contribution of Bundi paintings( on walls, in palaces, on paper and cloth) to Indian art is surpassable. After the development of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Indian aesthetics

Indian aesthetics is a unique philosophical and spiritual point of view on art, architecture and literature. In Indian aesthetics, a rasa (Sanskrit: रस lit. ‘juice’ or ‘essence’) denotes an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art or the primary feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads […]

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Art and digital democracy

The other day an eminent art critic was heard saying that it was the art critics and the media who decided the worth of an artistic piece. A mediocre piece of art could be elevated to the lofty status of a contemporary classic if they wrote about it, and celebrated it. Conversely, a piece which […]