Re-take of ‘Vivan’

Fifty years of Vivan Sundaram's work at the KNMA - A review by Amrita Chakravarty

21 Feb 2018

India Art Fair 2018

CC previews some of the unmissables at the Art Fair collateral events, and signals gallery initiatives that will be the highlights of the coming week.

06 Feb 2018

27 Jan 2018

A Multitudinous Cast

Natasha Ginwala examines Gauri Gill's latest series Acts of Appearance and its "lucid interplay between reality and fiction", first shown in documenta 14. On view at Nature Morte, New Delhi

25 Jan 2018

Droboniyo’s Tippani Room: Dilemmas of the Historical Contingent

Amrita Chakravarty reviews Abhishek Hazra’s exhibition on the exigencies of global citizenship.

23 Jan 2018


"The natural landscape has either become a repository of waste, or the provider of capital." Ravi Agarwal in conversation with Gayatri Sinha on the interface of art and ecology.

23 Jan 2018

Himmat Shah at Jawahar Kala Kendra
by Gayatri Sinha
A smaller version of what was seen in the KNMA retrospective - is an exhibition significant beyond the event.

16 Jan 2018

Sculpture Park: Past forward to Contemporary Art

Shreya Chaudhuri provides an overview of the newly opened Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh fort, Jaipur.

20 Dec 2017


Punjab Lithography: popular urban art
by Jaya Appasamy
The writer provides insights on the adoption of lithography as a popular medium of art in late nineteenth century Punjab. (1983)

Art for life’s sake
by Nissim Ezekiel
Nissim Ezekiel makes a plea for artists to move beyond the purely formal into the domain of the social and political. (1982)

Three Artists: a study in contrast
by D. N. Kalhan
D. N. Kalhan profiles M. F. Husain, Satish Gujral and Biren De and their markedly different attitude to the contentious category of modern Indian art. (1969)

Art in Independent India
by Rudolf von Leyden
R. V. Leyden reviews the “state of the art, its weaknesses and great possibilities” in the wake of newly attained Independence. (1949)

Woodcutter, cut my shadow
by Haren Das
“The artist visualizes the phenomenal world around him in the receptacle of his mind and expresses it in colour and form.” Das on woodcuts, etching and lithography. (1991)

Art from the point of view of the artist
by Chaitanyadev Chattopadhyaya
Chaitanyadev Chattopadhyaya diagnoses the condition of modern art in his time, offering as a cure, his own prescription of great art. (1943)

Art and Craftsmanship
by Ananda K Coomaraswamy
Coomarswamy expounds on aesthetic practice as a matter of the “externalisation of an already completed cycle.” (1920)

Indian art and iconography
by Brindavan C. Bhattacharya
The author offers an examination of Indian aesthetics manifest in the practice of the artist. (1920)

art history project


The meteoric rise of Rajesh Khanna
by Kobita Sarkar
Kobita Sarkar attempts an analysis of Rajesh Khanna's unprecedented popularity, in the heydey of his stardom.

The Art of Louis Malle: an interview by Dileep Padgaonkar
by Dileep Padgaonkar
French director Louis Malle talks at length about his infamous 7-part documentary series, L'Inde fantome: Reflexions sur un voyage and its companion piece, Calcutta.

A brush with cinema: a look at the relationship between painters and cinema
by Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni
Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni traces the imbrication of two separate but related art-forms, right from the days of Baburao Painter.

Temple of Womb
by Kartik Nair
Kartik Nair detects in the Ramsay classic, Purana Mandir (1984), the ghosts of the traumatic campaigns of 'family planning' conducted in the dark years of Emergency.

Who Killed Art Cinema?

By 1998, the art cinema movement in the country gradually faded away. Nikhat Kazmi sketches a post-mortem.

The Problem of Censorship

A critic laments arbitrary censorship as the bane of industry producers. (1954)

Interview with B. R. Ambedkar

“Films are the best medium of teaching our people to see life, to laugh at it, to laugh at themselves, to indulge in self-inquiry and self-criticism,” (1954)

Interview with Dilip Kumar

A young Dilip Kumar muses on, among other things, the state of film craft in the newly independent nation, in this archival interview with Simon Pereira. (1951)


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.

Coinage bearing the names of Indian Queens
by Richard Burn
Indologist Richard Burn draws focus on the significance of women rulers in South Asia through the overarching study of coins. (1945)

In House Adoption
by Gayatri Sinha
In the present exhibition, Mithu Sen moves between defining the materiality of her world to directing her gaze into the erotic male body.

A Women’s Movement
by Sarala Devi
Sarala Devi writes about the origin and growth of the Bharat Stree Mahamandal during the British rule in 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.


Visual notes from a lost land
by Soumitra Das
Soumitra Das explores Jyoti Bhatt's black and white frames of an "unspoilt Gujarat" at a recent exhibition in Kolkata. (2017)

Drawings and Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore
by Prithwish Neogy
Prithwish Neogy on the shift in Tagore's art and aesthetics. (1961)

Creating a new idiom
by Srimati Lal
“The apparently religious joins hands with the frankly iconoclastic.” Srimati Lal examines the synthesis of traditional and radical iconography in Manjit Bawa’s art. (1989)

A moveable feast
by Patwant Singh
"He began to dream of using his art as an instrument of social change." Singh chronicles the “first stirrings of the artist” in Satish Gujral. (1990)

My East is Your West
by Sophie Knezic
Shilpa Gupta's installation and performance pieces form one half of a dynamic collaboration, My East is your West, at the 56th Venice Biennale. (2016)

Dream of a Dialogue: Masculinity, Sexuality and Modernity
by Annapurna Garimella
Annapurna Garimella examines the oeuvre of Manu Parekh over four decades. (2012)

Did Jamini Roy become a prisoner of his own idiom?
by R. P. Gupta
“His childhood upbringing, his experience and his attitude made him an insider not alien to the folk arts.” Gupta explores indigeneity in Jamini Roy’s art. (1987)

Man in uniform
by Georgina Maddox
Georgina Maddox meets Baptist Coelho on the eve of his solo exhibition, documenting the unseen lives of soldiers on the Siachen glacier. (2009)

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

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)

Science, facts and fiction
by Soumitra Das
Soumitra Das examines both vernacular and English language sources in the writing of Siddhartha Ghosh on archival photography.(2002)

‘Crossing Currents’ Video Art and Cultural Identity
by Santo Datta
Santo Datta examines the cinematic experience created by video art documentaries and installations.(2004)

Fields of Sight
by Inderpal Grewal
Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad provide a new language that address the politics and aesthetics of environmental destruction.

“King, Commoner, Citizen”
by Sanjeev Saith
Sanjeev Saith examines Prashant Panjiar's collection of photographs of erstwhile royalty and ordinary citizens.