"We are all in this mess together"

Anita Dube, curator of Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018 speaks to Virginia Whiles.

20 Feb 2019

A view of the India Art Fair 2019

A quick view of select exhibitions, books and events surrounding the fair.

07 Feb 2019

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


The Artistic Awakening of India
by M. Hollebecque, trans. by Pramila Chaudhury
On the aesthetic language and inspirations of the Bengal School. (1918)

Culture and Scholarship
by E. J. Thomas
Thomas examines the underlying strands of Hindu philosophy that shapes Indian culture. (1935)

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)

art history project


P.T. Reddy - Voyage and Vision
by K.L Kaul
K.L.Kaul examines the early influences of the artist and delves into the stylistic nuances of portraiture. (1979)

Gogi Saroj Pal
by Vinod Kumar
The author examines the artist's oeuvre spanning over two decades. (1985)

Painting is the only thing that is there for Ram Kumar
by Soumitra Das
On the times and inspirations that formed a larger part of the modernist's artistic choices. (2014)

Ramkinker Baij
by Sankho Chaudhuri
"Ramkinker remained somewhat of an alien." On the sculptor and his life at Santiniketan. (1990)

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)


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)


When We Saw the Lesbian

Shromona Das reviews Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. (2019)

Shifting spaces, frozen frames: trajectories of queer politics in contemporary India

Navaneetha Mokkil makes a comparative reading of two landmark Malayalam films focussing on the understanding of sexual politics. (2009)

From Co-star to Deity: Popular Representations of Jayalalitha Jayaram
by Preminda Jacob
On the melding of cinema and politics as seen in the iconic public imagery of Jayalalitha. (2008)

Fatma Begum in conversation with Ms. Kitty
by Rashmi Sawhney
A fictitious interview resurrects an actress from the silent archives of Indian cinema. (2013)

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)


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)

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.


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

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)

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)