May 2010 at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

Presented by Lalit Kala Akademi, in collaboration with the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, The exhibition was accompanied by a major book with the same title published by Routledge (India and the UK; ISBN: 978-0-415-60229-7)

The book and exhibition explored the centrality of the methods, materials and art of making art in Gandhian context via a retrospective of Devi Prasad. Reared in Santiniketan under the tutelage of Nandalal, Benodebehari and Ramkinkar, Devi Prasad was Gandhi’s chosen teacher for Nai Taleem, his final and radical new pedagogical structure to create a new, post-colonial and free human. The exhibition of pottery and painting was supplemented with archival sources, letters, photographs, video interviews and writings to contextualise Devi Prasad’s milieu. In turn it sought to present the enormous impact of the Arts and Crafts Movement on both Tagore and Gandhi, and how their ideas were adapted via Devi Prasad to lead the international Peace Movement in the 1960s and 70s.

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