A Prophetic Vision that Dares to Imagine Otherwise

Chitra Ganesh’s new digital animations at the Rubin Museum of Art, NY provide dream-like visions that dare to imagine otherwise. A review by Natasha Bissonauth.

19 Jun 2018

The Female Body in Experiential Space

Shakuntala Kulkarni speaks at length with Amrita Gupta Singh in the context of her latest exhibition Julus and Other Stories at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai.

18 Jun 2018

The Poetics of Labour

Adip Dutta reviews the ongoing exhibition at Experimenter, Kolkata.

01 Jun 2018


In the wake of two exhibitions Shanay Jhaveri speaks to Gayatri Sinha of The Met’s new approach to its “blind spot”, modern and contemporary art in South Asia.

23 May 2018

Admitting the Popular
by Paula Sengupta
An exhibition in Kolkata brings to the haloed portals of the Victoria Memorial Hall the microcosmos of printmaking in Chitpur with the exhibition 19th Century Swadeshi Art in Bengal.

23 May 2018

The Home and the World
by Beth Citron
Huma Bhabha and Ranjani Shettar’s sculptural installations at The Met present powerful, under represented feminist narratives concerning contemporary South Asian sculpture.

16 May 2018

Lost Text

Navjot Altaf’s new works address the interplay between memory and text in an exploration of the visual aesthetics of ancient scriptures and digital technology. A review by Amrita Gupta Singh.

25 Apr 2018


Craft Design
by Bireshwar Sen
Bireswar Sen contemplates the state of the rich crafts tradition of the country, threatened by the commodification of the modern art market. (1929)

Expressionism in India
by Anis Farooqi
Anis Farooqi on the interlinkages of modern Indian art with major international art styles of modern art namely Expressionism. (1979)

Views on Art
by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay
The writer emphasises the urgent need to restore art to social life in order to preserve its vitality. (1950)

The philosophy of our people
by Rabindranath Tagore
"In the world of art, our consciousness being freed from the tangle of self-interest, we gain an unobstructed vision of reality, the incarnation of the real, which is a joy forever." (1926)

He painted a thousand Indian nights
by R P Gupta
On Balthazar Solvyns, the Flemish printmaker whose magnum opus Les Hindous was to provide an early template of the Company style.

Rudi Von Leyden Remembers
by Yashodhara Dalmia
Rudi Von Leyden recalls certain foundational moments of modern Indian art of which he, as a prolific critic, was a part. (1979)

Art education: its relevance to contemporary art
by B C Sanyal
BC Sanyal charts the growth of art education under the aegis of British rule in India. (1982)

Indian Sculpture
by Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury
The artist's view about the magnificence of the early Indian sculptural tradition. (1950)

art history project


Swaminathan and the Moment of Group 1890
by Vivan Sundaram
The writer recalls the Group 1890 and its leader J Swaminathan, an artist determined to turn his back on the past. (1995)

Paintings of Ranbir Singh Kaleka
by M. S. Randhawa
"My paintings are not an illustration of an idea but rather of a passage, a chapter of thought, in which human relations and human nature are depicted." (1973)

The artist of the inner life
by Soumitra Das
"Like a magician, he conjured up images and half-thoughts, which found their way to his jottings". Soumitra Das relates the oneiric spell cast by Ganesh Pyne's graphic art. (2014)

Arpana Caur
by Ram Dhamija
"I cannot think of any art that is not born of the artist's personal involvement with life and society". Ram Dhamija profiles the artist at the very beginning of her career. (1984)

Rameshwar Broota: A pure quest for the unknown
by Manohar Kaul
Manohar Kaul makes an assessment of Broota's penchant for "delving deep into the mysteries of nature in relation to man". (1984)

Sohan Qadri - Meditative Silence
by S I Clerk
The writer documents the interlinkages between art and religion in Sohan Qadri's body of work. (1984)

Amrita Sher-Gil
by N. Iqbal Singh
N. Iqbal Singh provides an account of Amrita Sher-Gil's "brief appearance on the Indian art horizon." (1982)

Ravi Varma
by R. Chatterjee
On Ravi Varma's popularity in the19th century prints through his focus on "the domain of mythology". (1907)


Soundbaazi: Space, Place, Meaning in the Hindi Film Soundtrack
by Gautam Pemmaraju
The essay traces the evolution of sound design in Hindi cinema, from the analogue era and the talkies, right down to our digital present. (2013)

Inhabiting Passionate Spaces: Reframing Intimacy in 50’s Bengali ‘Romantic Films’
by Subhajit Chatterjee
The writer examines the ways in which an evolving 'cultural modernity' is indexed in the autonomous couple of the 50's romantic socials. (2008)

“Gunga Din” Another Scandalously Anti-Indian Picture!
by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas deconstructs the racist myth of Gunga Din. (1939)

The Art of Mrinal Sen
by Usha Chettur
Mrinal Sen discusses false starts early in his career, awakening to a social consciousness in the Famine years and recent award-winning turns, in this interview to Usha Chettur. (1970)

Satyajit Ray and the Film Society Movement in India
by Rochona Majumdar
Ray’s cinephilia was channeled not only into the making of films, but also into initiatives like the Calcutta Film Society. Rochona Majumdar provides an account. (2018)

The Ray Feeling
by Ella Datta
Ella Datta gleans details of different facets of the director’s craft on the set of his penultimate production, Sakha Prasakha. (1990)

Seeing Through the Sound: Certain Tendencies of the Soundtrack in Satyajit Ray’s Films in the 1970s
by Anindya Sengupta
Anindya Sengupta examines the altered sound-image pact in Ray's Calcutta Trilogy. (2007)

“Teen Kanya”: First Fruit of Mellow Phase
by Nissim Ezekiel
Nissim Ezekiel reviews Ray's 1961 anthology film. (1961)


Begums of Bhopal - Saris and a scabbard
by Malavika Karlekar
Malavika Karlekar writes of the "redoubtable" Nawab Begum of Bhopal, Sikander Begum, who skirted the restrictions of purdah society to pose for the camera. (2010)

The Sight/Site of Woman in the Art of the Forties: Reality, Realism and Representation
by Chilka Ghosh
Chilka Ghosh tracks the representation of women in the work of the primarily male art establishment of 1940s Bengal. (2000)

‘Strong female characters’ in Hindi cinema
by Damini Kulkarni
Damini Kulkarni on the ‘burden of representation’ of women and the changing market dynamics of the Hindi film industry. (2017)

Gender, Class, and Cultural Conflict: Indu Krishnan’s Knowing Her Place

Lata Mani examines the gendered nature of conflict in the South Asian diaspora through the role of the female protagonist in the film. (1992)

Re-claiming the body

Arshiya Lokhandwala shares her thoughts on seven women video artists and the engagement with feminist themes in their work. (2005)

Queer gender binary
by Soumitra Das
Soumitra Das uses the Radha-Krishna motif as metaphor to question queer gender identity in popular art. (2017)

Making ‘A Space For Healing’: Strategies For Resistance and Recovery
by Roobina Karode
Roobina Karode maps the practice of women artists as agents for cultural transformation. (2007)

The Ideal Wife
by Bhagwat Saran Upadhyaya
Bhagwat Saran Upadhyaya takes account of the duties and obligations set for women in ancient India.


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
"Diversity is what defines Pakistani art today." 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
Deeksha Nath responds critically to 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. (2010)

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

A touch of the primitive
by Eunice de Souza
“My sources are all on the periphery of art - picture, postcards, lurid calendars, all this interests me terribly.” 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)

A Dialogue with Sankho Chaudhuri: The Act of Sculpting has to be fulfilled
by Prayag Shukla
Prayag Shukla in conversation with Sankho Chaudhuri on the emerging trends in modern Indian sculpture. (1955)

In conversation
by Abhishekh Hazra
Riyas Komu talks to Abhishek Hazra on the explicit political choices in his work. (2006)

In conversation
by Ashrafi S Bhagat
Benitha Perciyal shares insights about her practice and unusual choice of materials. (2011)

Beyond Narrative Painting
by Yashodhara Dalmia
An interview with Tyeb Mehta. (2011)

A personal vision of tribal and folklore
by S A Krishnan
J Sultan Ali in conversation with S A Krishnan. (1980)

Curators and Exhibitions

crossing generations: diVERGE
by Chaitanya Sambrani

After Dark
by Gayatri Sinha

“Aesthetic Bind”
by Saloni Mathur

by Gayatri Sinha

Ideas of the Sublime
by Gayatri Sinha

Lens Based Practices

More Than a Collection: Photography in the Asia Art Archive
by Procheta Mukherjee Olson
The essay investigates the ways in which "art, photography and archives intersect" in the work of the Asia Art Archive. (2017)

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)

Invented Worlds: India through the camera lens of Waswo X. Waswo
by Curtis L. Carter
On questions of 'domination and exploitation' through a postcolonial reading of Waswo's body of work. (2007)

A Proposition for Departure
by Sohrab Hura
The photograph is an index of intimacy rather than truth. The artist in his own words. (2017)

Portraiture: A new personal approach
by Sam. B Tata
On a new approach to straight photography. (1951)

Pandora’s Camera
by Peter Nagy
Peter Nagy focuses on the history of photography in India through his reading of Christopher Pinney's book Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs. (2000)

Lala Deen Dayal’s Legacy
by Niyatee Shinde
Niyatee Shinde writes about Lala Deen Dayal's photographic documentation of the colonial era. (1993)

The Photographic Eye of Jyoti Bhatt
by Sujoy Das
As it views folk art forms of pre globalized India by Sujoy Das. (2017)