In Conversation

Amal and Nissar Allana speak to Gayatri Sinha about staging the plays of Girish Karnad

04 Jul 2019

Berlin Diary

Bani Abidi at the Museum Gropius Bau, Renaissance and Benin figures in proximity at the Bode, and Lotte Laserstein-viewings in Berlin in early summer by Gayatri Sinha

27 Jun 2019

Poets, Gangs and Chinese Matisses

Virginia Whiles engages with the exhibition The Naked Form in Modern Chinese Art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford

27 Jun 2019

Confronting the Universal Human Condition

Anish Kapoor's exhibition examines the human need to address our own physical capacity, writes Janine Powell

26 Jun 2019


GR Iranna on his work Naavu and the idea of Gandhi

26 Jun 2019

What’s in a Name? Black Models and Historical Legibility
by Najrin Islam
On the racial nomenclature of black models who worked in the salons of post-abolition Paris, and the rise of black artists in modernist history

20 Jun 2019

Queer Cruising in a Time Capsule

Ksenia M. Soboleva reviews Sunil Gupta’s Christopher Street at Hales Gallery, New York

22 May 2019


Premjish writes about contemporary portraiture and its shifting political nature seen through the exhibition Outside/In at Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi

22 May 2019


Eye of the Needle
by Tanmoy Samanta
The artist explains how "the surreal and real become a cohesive force" in his work (2009)

Himalaya in Art
by C Sivaramamurti
On poet Kalidasa's relationship with the magnificent Himalaya mountains (1952)

The City of Hyderabad
by Z.H. Kazmi
"Though it has lost much of its former glory, Hyderabad still remains one of the most picturesque cities of the Orient" (1959)

A year’s progress of art in India
by O.C. Gangoly
The writer chronicles the degeneration of the state of Indian arts during the ravages of war (1942)

Crafts Museums
by Ajit Mookerjee
On the larger role played by the museum in the preservation of handicrafts (1966)

Tibetan Art
by Nicholas Roerich
On the overlapping influences and mastery over art in Tibet. (1922)

Folk Terracotta of India
by Ambalal J. Patel
The essay provides an account of the history of terracotta art in India (1963)

The Bombay Art Scene in the late forties
by Jag Mohan
The essay traces the burgeoning art scene of this period through personal and shared histories. (1979)

art history project


Atul Dodiya: A Gargantuan Responsibility
by Peter Nagy
Peter Nagy on Dodiya's convergence on the personal and the political in this landmark work on the influence of Gandhi. (2003)

Gaganendranath Tagore
by Kshitis Roy
"He remained a free painter all through, free from fetishes of all kinds-oriental or occidental." (1964)

The City of Forking Paths
by Gayatri Sinha
Gigi Scaria's engagement with the city unearths several socio-economic and political narratives, writes Gayatri Sinha (2007)

Nandalal Bose
by Rabindranath Tagore, trans by Somnath Moitra
"His brush is a traveller on the road that leads away from its own past." (1961)

Nalini Malani, a Global Storyteller
by Christine Vial Kayser
The writer offers a perspective on the aesthetic and political choices in the artist’s body of work since the 1990s (2015)

F.N. Souza-The works of Forties
by Vinod Kumar
On Souza's stylistic and creative tendencies in the 1940s. (1985)

Destroying the destroyed
by Shaheen Merali
Inside the tenacious symbols created by artist T.V.Santhosh in the exhibition "Burning Flags". (2010)


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)



Sex, lies and the Genderscape: The cinema of Aparna Sen
by Brinda Bose
On the significance of feminist explorations in Aparna Sen's auteurship (1997)

Worlding Miss World, Bangalore, 1996
by William Mazzarella
The essay investigates the deeper crises behind staging the 1996 beauty pageant in Bangalore, India (2015)

When the towel drops: Sexuality, Censorship and Cinema
by Brinda Bose
On censorship in Indian cinematic culture through the play of sexual codes. (2008)

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)


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

Sites of Past Conflict - Revisiting Memorials of 1857-58
by Malavika Karlekar
A reaccount of "evocative visuals" of the 1857-58 battle for Independence (2008)

My Father’s Lenses: The Album of a Calcutta Photographer
by Debjani Sengupta
The author traces her father Ashutosh Sengupta's journey as an avid photographer. (2016)

Clarence Comyn Taylor (1830-79) - The First Photographer in Udaipur and Nepal
by J.P Losty
The writer provides a visual and historical account of the colonised regions in the 19th century. (2013)

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)