To Despair in Hopelessness

Premjish reflects on the politically engaged practice of Altaf on the occasion of the artist's retrospective at the DAG.

27 Feb 2018

Holy Shiver: Democracy and its Discontents

Riyas Komu's exhibition on the death of the ideal - reviews Amrita Chakravarty.

27 Feb 2018

Makrana White

In an exhibition marking the anniversary of Independence, seven decades of freedom are signposted by seven traumas. Sumesh Sharma reviews "India Re-Worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation".

27 Feb 2018

An ode to the master: Dhanraj Bhagat (1917-1988)

An exhibition at the NGMA brings together the vast repertoire of Dhanraj Bhagat's work, writes Shreya Chaudhuri.

27 Feb 2018

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


Art and the Freudian Doctrine
by Krishna Chaitanya
The writer makes an assessment of psychoanalytical ramifications on art through a study of symbols. (1947)

The Continuity of Indian Pictorial Art: A Survey-Map of Indian Culture
by S Bose
The writer provides an overview of Indian art from the ancient Indus Valley civilization to the birth of modernism. (1947)

The Arts and Crafts of India
by Sreemati Tagore
Sreemati Tagore on 'production' and 'knowledge' in the field of art and craft in ancient literature and material culture.(1950)

The Aesthetic Vacuum in Bombay
by Nissim Ezekiel
Nissim Ezekiel laments what he regards as the desultory landscape of contemporary Indian art. (1970)

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)

art history project


The Mrinalini Metaphor
by Geeta Kapur
On being 'a modernist but not a contemporary' through the many lucid cycles of her practice. Geeta Kapur on Mrinalini Mukherjee's last exhibition at the NGMA. (2015)

His art was father, mother and God
by A.S.Raman
A S Raman sketches a short biography of celebrated artist K Venkatappa. (1987)

Kristine Michael: Speaking with clay
by Sadanand Menon
Sadanand Menon traces the unfolding of Kristine Michael's oeuvre in the exhibition Spirals of Growth. (1989)

Abanindranath Tagore as Raconteur
by V R Chitra & T N Srinivasan
"His sparkling language, vivid description and flowing style make character after character appear before our eyes in the sharpest outlines and most brilliant colours" (1947)

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)


“Every Girl is not Sridevi”
by Amrita Chakravarty
An archival interview retrieves the star's voice from the anonymity of the historical record. Annotated by Amrita Chakravarty.

Who’s Afraid of Historical Films?
by Bikram Singh
Bikram Singh focuses on the economics and budgeting of historical films in Hindi cinema. (1978)

Remembering Ritwik
by Ella Datta
In the midst of belated accolades to the great director, Ella Datta looks back on his remarkable filmography. (1977)

The Mirror Cracked
by Tanul Thakur
Tanul Thakur writes on lives of reflected stardust. (2013)

On Whose Behalf? Ethics in Indian Social Documentary Film and Practice
by Shweta Kishore
Shweta Kishore maps the ethical considerations characterising the contemporary Indian documentary as more than just a "public utility" film. (2015)

Talking to Grierson
by Kobita Sarkar
"Where you are concerned with what is going on, you've got to get it by dramatic means" - Grierson on the importance of mass communication. (1971)

The Shakespeare Wallahs: Interview with the Merchant Ivory team
by Rahul Singh
An archival interview with the prolific film duo, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory. (1968)

Films and the State: An Analysis of their Relation and Function
by Hemen Gupta
A view from the past gives a glimpse into people's apprehension of the utilitarian value of cinema. (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.

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

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)

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.