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Mattancherry Palace Murals

The Mattancherry palace (also known as Dutch palace) is located at Mattancherry (near Kochi) in Kerala. The uniqueness of the palace is due to its mural paintings from the 16th century to 18th century. History Mattancherry is a former capital of the erstwhile rulers of Cochin. It was a famous sea port that attracted the […]

Bengal School of Art

Origin of Bengal School of Art In Bengal, a new group of nationalist artists gathered around Abinandranatha Tagore (1871-1951). Abanindranath Tagore was a nephew of Rabindranath Tagore. This new group of painters rejected the art of Raja Ravi Varma as imitative and westernized. They declared that such a style was unsuitable for depicting the nation’s […]

Ebrahim Alkazi

Ebrahim Alkazi is one of the pioneers of Indian theatre. He is considered as one of the most influential Indian theatre directors of all time. Initially, he was associated with the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group and got in close contact with art pioneers like M.F.Husain, F.N.Souza, S.H.Raza, Akbar Padamsee, Tyeb Mehta. These artists have also […]

Satish Gujral

Satish Gujral, younger brother of former PM Inderkumar Gujaral, is a Prominent Indian painter, sculptor, muralist, graphic designer, writer and architect. He was born in Jhelum, West Punjab (British India). A sickness at the age of 8 years resulted in impairment of hearing. He has consistently dominated the art scene in India for the entire […]

Mukul Dey

Mukul Chandra Dey is considered as a pioneer of drypoint-etching in India. He was the first Indian artist to travel abroad for the purpose of studying printmaking as an art. For the portrayal of Indian life, Dey essentially chose Western medium. He concentrated on dry-point etching which not common to the Indian painting culture. He […]

V. S. Gaitonde

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde was regarded as India’s foremost abstract artist. He was born in Maharashtra in 1924. Gaitonde’s abstract paintings with their translucent beams of light refer to nothing other than themselves and evoke subliminal depths. He experimented hugely with form and shape in his works. His use of symbolic element and very few ground […]

Bhupen Khakhar

Bhupen Khakhar was an internationally recognised Indian contemporary artist. He was born in 1934 in Bombay. He openly portrayed homosexuality through his paintings and he explored his own Homosexuality in a very sensitive way. The life of a homosexual from Indian perspective was beautifully portrayed by him even though a subject like homosexuality was uncommon […]

Ram Kumar

Ram Kumar was born in Shimla in 1924. He is one of the pioneers of abstract painting. He gave up figurativism for abstract art. He is known for his abstract landscapes in oil or acrylic. One of the main concerns of the artist is human condition which was depicted in his paintings through alienated individual […]

Manjit Bawa

Manjit Bawa was born in Dhuri, Punjab in the year 1941. He received the Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2006. He expired in the year 2008. Manjit Bawa was a figurative painter from the beginning. The main charm of his paintings is the sense -saturating expanse of colour-fields which create space […]

K.H. Ara

Krishnaji Howlaji Ara was an Indian painter, born in 1914 in Bolarum, Secunderabad. He is recognised as the first contemporary Indian painter to focus on the female nude as a subject while staying within the limits of naturalism. Initially, he started with landscapes and paintings on socio-historical themes but he is best known for his […]