Mimesis as Nemesis?

Pushpamala’s Funambulist Body Politic. A review by Parul Dave Mukherji.

17 Jan 2019

Into the Wild: Fixing the Future

Deepika Sorabjee explores Rohini Devasher’s exhibition Hopeful Monsters that presents itself at the cusp of archive and technology, of fact and fiction and their blurred possibilities.

17 Jan 2019

Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice
by Katyayani Sinha
A review of Bhau Daji Lad’s latest exhibition curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Puja Vaish.

17 Jan 2019

The Met’s Devotion to Pahari Painting

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art currently hosts an exhibition of Pahari artworks, with the goal of introducing visitors to bhakti. Reviewed by Gale J. Berninghausen.

17 Jan 2019

Book Review

Parul Dave Mukherji reviews Aesthetic Bind: 50 Years of Contemporary Art Five Exhibitions/ Curated by Geeta Kapur, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2014.

09 Jan 2019

CC shorts

Exhibition reviews

09 Jan 2019

Reflections on a ‘hydro-aesthetic’ journey
by Parul Singh
A review of Atul Bhalla’s exhibition Anhedonic Dehiscence at Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi.

07 Jan 2019


Indian Painting, The modern phase
by Krishna Chaitanya
The writer provides an account of the revivalist, the radical and the transitional strands in the history of Indian art. (1955)

Trends in recent sculpture
by Jaya Appasamy
On the emerging influences and styles in modernist sculptural art. (1973)

Nineteeth century art - a study
by Adris Banerji
An account of the production and patronage of art during a "period of transformation". (1976)

The art of advertisement - its history
by Ashim Bhadra
The writer assesses the power of publicity and advertisement over the ages. (1960)

That brief thing called modern
by Yashodhara Dalmia
On Geeta Kapur's exhibition at NGMA charting a history of the Indian modern. (1995)

Asiatic Society and Oriental Studies
by D C Sircar
On the inception and achievements of the institution under Indologist William Jones. (1985)

The present position of woman
by Sister Nivedita
The essay examines the civic and familial evolution of women in India in the early twentieth century. (1911)

Graphic Art of the Bengal School
by Jagdish Mittal
An overview of the history of graphic art in India and the contribution made by the printmakers of Bengal. (1962)

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East Meets East in Husain’s Horses
by Susan S. Bean
Husain’s equine fascination is examined closely as an important juncture of his visual language. (2007)

A Rooted Idiom
by Keshav Malik
Laxman Pai's work bears "lyrical" and "evocative" qualities, writes Keshav Malik. (2006)

Sudhir Patwardhan's Spectres: The artist comes to terms with the perils within
by Manik Sharma
On the artist's ability to interlink the ordinary with the personal in his latest exhibition. (2017)

Portrait of an artist as a photograph
by Soumitra Das
On Pushpamala N's engagement with performance based art in her practice. (2004)

Bodies of the Earth
by Kalachandran and Pratheesh M.P., trans by Ramya Rajan
"His work stands somewhere between ancient memories and phantasmagorical imaginations." On the art of Gipin Varghese. (2015)

The quiet after the storm
by Soumitra Das
Autobiographical detail and formal experimentation merge with the desire to "just have fun" in Sohrab Hura's photography. (2017)

The Silence of the Lambs
by Pushpamala N
BV Suresh mobilises art to stage the political contemporary in the exhibition Chronicles of Silence. (2015-16)

KG Subramanyan - The search for authenticity
by Keshav Malik
On Subramanyan's simultaneous engagement with the modern and the indigenous in Indian art. (1989)


Transcendence for the Siri-ocene
by 64/1
The authors outline a philosophy to recuperate Art for the future.

The Aesthetic Concept of Rasa
by K S Ramaswamy Shastri
The writer provides an account of the rasa theory of aesthetic emotion. (1928)

The Three Forms of Art
by Abanindranath Tagore
Abanindranath Tagore contrasts the arid naturalism of modern European art with the spiritualistic bent of ancient Greek, Japanese and Indian art. (1907)

Treatment of Riti and Guna in the Dhvanyaloka
by Prakas Chandra Lahiri
The essay presents the critical interventions of the Dhvani theorists with respect to concepts of riti and guna in rasa theory. (1935)


by Samik Bandyopadhyay
Mrinal Sen looks back at his films from Ekdin Pratidin to Kharij. (1982)

The Metamorphosis of Bhuvan Shome
by Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni
"This is a film which leaves you involved with characters even when it ends technically." (1969)

Ami Sotti Bolchhi! Retelling of Bangaliana in Recent Sujoy Ghosh and Shoojit Sircar Films
by Priyadarshini Bhattacharyya
The writer tracks the imagination of a "regional" identity in mainstream Hindi cinema. (2019)

Raajneeti, Politicians and CEOs
by M K Raghavendra
On political mythmaking in the time of the market. (2010)

Cinema, Video and Television
by N K V Murthy
In the face of the "video menace," the writer defends cinema as a space of responsible creative expression. (1984)

The City in Cinema, and Cinemas in the City: South City Mall and Locations of Display
by Madhuja Mukherjee
The new post-industrial order as reflected in a cinematic mall-scape. (2012)

Popular Shyam: Idol of the Indian Masses
by Simon Pereira
An old star profile relates the brief career of the now-forgotten, superstar Shyam. (1950)

Hiralal: The King of Tragedies
by Prabhat Mukerjee
On Hiralal Sen and the lost archive of early Indian cinema. (1966)


Lustful Women, Elusive Lovers: Identifying Males as Objects of Female Desire[1]
by Prem Chowdhry
On the construction of the image of a "lustful woman" in the oral tradition of rural north India. (2001)

Constructing-Contesting Masculinities: Trends in South Asian Cinema
by Gita Rajan
Rajan engages with questions about masculinities in popular South Asian cinema. (2006)

Launda Dancers: The Dancing Boys of India
by Rohit K Dasgupta
The writer examines the functioning of queer identities in the institution of the regional launda dance. (2013)

Pliant and Compliant: Colonial Indian Art and Postcolonial Cinema
by Gita Rajan
Gita Rajan explores how "woman is constructed but aborted from functioning as a sovereign subject in non-western contexts." (2012)

Women in Cinema Collective and the Malayalam Industry
by Tara S Nair
On the formation and relevance of the collective to safeguard the interests of women in the Malayalam film industry. (2017)

Begums of Bhopal - Saris and a scabbard

Malavika Karlekar writes of the "redoubtable" Nawab Begum of Bhopal, Sikander Begum, who skirted the restrictions of purdah society to pose for the camera.

The Sight/Site of Woman in the Art of the Forties: Reality, Realism and Representation
by Chilka Ghosh
On the representation of women in the work of the primarily male art establishment of 1940s Bengal.


Kal, Aaj aur Kal

Quddus Mirza writes about museum initiatives in Pakistan over the last seven decades. (2010)

Breaking away from the past
by Quddus Mirza
Quddus Mirza on the emerging trends in the practices of Pakistani artists. (1998)


Amit S. Rai cogitates on the possibility of art recuperating a banal Indo-Pak dialectic as he responds to a show featuring Pakistani works at the Devi Art Foundation. (2010)

The Neighbourhood Project
by Deeksha Nath
On the shows by L. N. Tallur, Bangladeshi artist Mahbudur Rahman and four Sri Lankan artists involved in The One Year Drawing Project at the Devi Art Foundation.

Curating as site: the case of South Asia

CC interviews Iftikhar Dadi, art historian, artist and co-curator of the landmark exhibition Lines of Control (2012).

Shared Histories: Collective Exhibitions
by Shreya Chaudhuri
Shreya Chaudhuri examines some of the leading trajectories in the recent phenomenon of curating in South Asia.

Artists Groups and Collectives

How to Feel a Leak?
CAMP elaborates on their work, THE RADIA TAP(E)S as part of The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York Triennial (2012).

CONA: Points of Reflection
by Hemali Bhuta
Hemali Bhuta on the founding of CONA as a pedagogical structure for artists.

New Group: In conversation with Amitava Das and Mona Rai at New Delhi, April 23, 2014

Amitava Das and Mona talk about the formation of the New Group in 1974.

The Calcutta Group - Its Aims and Achievements
by Prodosh Das Gupta
Prodosh Das Gupta highlights the premise of founding the Calcutta Group in 1940.

Indian Society of Oriental Art
by James H. Cousins

Artists Conversations

Facing India
by Uta Ruhkamp
An interview with Reena Saini Kallat against the backdrop of her recent exhibition in Germany. (2017)

Talking to Padamsee
by Eunice de Souza
Regarded as a "theorist of painting," Akbar Padamsee discusses his practice as the cyclical movement between order and chaos. (1972)

Shreyas Karle - Interview
by Alessandra Ferrini
Shreyas Karle talks about his practice, research and pedagogical learning. (2013)

Droboniyo’s Precipitate
by Sabih Ahmed
Sabih Ahmed in conversation with Abhishek Hazra on the latter's exhibition Droboniyo's Tippani Room. (2018)

A touch of the primitive
by Eunice de Souza
Bhupen Khakhar in conversation with Eunice de Souza. (1971)

The Medium and its Message
by Eunice de Souza
Vivan Sundaram talks about painting in the time of cinema, in this interview with Eunice de Souza. (1979)

Meeting Ground
by Anjum Singh & Manisha Parekh
On the heels of recent solo shows, Anjum Singh and Manisha Parekh discuss their early influences and praxis. (2000)

Curators and Exhibitions

Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future
by Natasha Ginwala
Curator Natasha Ginwala on the works that ""sense" and chronicle recent riots and uprisings." (2018)

The Body Redux: A Curator’s Post-script on Exhibiting India
by Naman Ahuja
On the continuum between classical and contemporary art and multiple strands of Indian art history in the exhibition.

crossing generations: diVERGE
by Chaitanya Sambrani
The essay offers perspective on the exhibition curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani.

After Dark
by Gayatri Sinha
An exhibition curated on the axis of a globalising India and the artist's response to violence in Indian polity.

“Aesthetic Bind”
by Saloni Mathur
On the series of five exhibitions curated by Geeta Kapur to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Gallery Chemould. (2014)

by Gayatri Sinha

Lens Based Practices

Darkling|Listen-Photography freed from the limitations of sight
by Aveek Sen
In the photography of visually impaired lensmen, the camera is finally able to capture the truth, writes Sen. (2012)

Society and the scalpel of portraiture
by Peter Nagy
Peter Nagy reviews Dayanita Singh's Family Portraits series on the Parsis of Bombay. (2002)

Aesthetic Bodies: Posing on Sites of Violence in India, 1857-1900
by Sean Willcock
On the figuration of Indian bodies in compositions of colonial war photography. (2015)

Photographer’s Dilemma - Making stylistic choices
by Malavika Karlekar
On the early development of Indian photography towards both realist and artistic modes. (2012)

The Tresidder Album:A Case Study of a Private Ethnography
by Rashmi Viswanathan
On the emergence of the photograph as "ethnological register" in a case study of the Tresidder Album. (2016)

Sea of Files
by Aveek Sen
"The piles grew and grew until they turned into a sea of files, at the centre of which I would sit." An excerpt from the life of Nony Singh, "the archivist." (2013)

The Partition of the Indian Subcontinent Seen through Margaret Bourke-White’s Photographic Essay ‘The Great Migration: Five Million Indians Flee for Their Lives’
by Dilpreet Bhullar
Dilpreet Bhullar reads Bourke-White's photo-essay published in LIFE through the twin epistemic frameworks of Partition studies and 20th-century documentary realism. (2012)