‘If humankind wants to survive the twenty-first century’

Nalini Malini references myths to "compose an oneiric vision of a world" in her ongoing retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. A review by Devika Singh.

14 Dec 2017

A letter from the artists: Defending the Radical Vision of documenta

In the controversy surrounding documenta's expansion into Athens, participating artists write a second letter of defence of the exhibition. CC carries their text in whole.

04 Dec 2017

The Art of Comparison, Interruption and Boundary-Crossing

A conversation between Gigi Scaria and Christiane Brosius

23 Nov 2017

The death of an idea
by Diva Gujral
Tate Modern’s ambitious new exhibition, Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture is an exercise in the construction of a radical new pictorial regime and its downfall.

23 Nov 2017

The inconceivable: on the first Karachi Biennale

The first Karachi Biennale presents another Karachi in its geographical and artistic exposition of the historic "bruised city," writes Zarmeene Shah.

22 Nov 2017

Colour-stills of an Alternate Modernism

Nadia Nooreyezdan reviews the ongoing retrospective of Raghubir Singh’s work at The Met Breuer, New York.

21 Nov 2017

Mumbai: Endless City

“What I am today comes from my thoughts of yesterday and my thoughts today will shape my tomorrow.” Sudhir Patwardhan in conversation with Gayatri Sinha on painting Mumbai, the endless city.

16 Nov 2017

Arc, Silt, Dive

"Your work offers us a different way to relate to time: by historicizing but in a way that refuses containment by history." Sheba Chhachhi in conversation with Lata Mani on the subject of her book.

25 Oct 2017


Contemporary graphics in India
by Jaya Appasamy
Jaya Appasamy provides an overview of trends in the field of graphic media. (1974)

Bicultural Aspects
by Pria Devi
Pria Devi explores questions of identity in the context of a modern art for a bicultural subcontinent. (1980)

The genius of Indian sculpture
by William Rothenstein
Rothenstein on the “transcendental and cosmic” quality of Indian sculpture in a lecture delivered at the Royal Society of Arts, 1938

In praise of painting
by O.C. Gangoly
OC Gangoly writes about painting as more than a “piece of sentimental luxury” that has held its own across histories. (1950)

Creative Thought
by Nicholas Roerich
“It is said that when a man is highly imbued with a certain thought his weight is altered. It can be proved that in a moment of strong creative thoughts one becomes lighter.” (1947)

The paths of abstraction
by Jaya Appasamy
Jaya Appasamy writes about abstraction coming into its own in the Indian modern art scene. (1975)

Contemporary Indian Art at the Festival of India
by Homi Bhabha
At the exhibit of contemporary art in the Festival of India, Homi Bhabha enquires: "Who is looking, from where and why?"

The artist as hero
by Mulk Raj Anand
Mulk Raj Anand diagnoses the condition of the modern artist against the backdrop of the First Triennale of World Contemporary Art. (1968)

art history project


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)

Bollywood Comes to Nigeria

Brian Larkin tracks the cross-cultural appeal of Bombay Cinema in post-colonial Nigeria. (1997)

Backpacking Sounds: Sneha Khanwalkar and the “New” Soundtrack of Bombay Cinema

Shikha Jhingan on the burgeoning career of the female composer. (2015)

Begums, Buddies, and Bandits

Reina Gattuso on the traditions of homoeroticism within Urdu literature and the Hindi buddy film, Dedh Ishqiya. (2017)

Mahatma Gandhi becomes a film star
by Baburao Patel
Baburao Patel on the first biographical documentary on Mahatma Gandhi painstakingly produced by A K Chettiar. (1940)

Interview with Madhubala
by Simon Pereira
In his profile of a young Madhubala, Simon Pereira gives us an account of stardom-in-the-making; not least through a carefully managed media image. (1950)

First Day, First Show
by Amit S Rai
In a time before the ubiquitous smart phone, Amit S. Rai reflects on the ecology of the “first day, first show.” (2002)

by Manisha Sethi
Against the backdrop of the global "War on Terror," Manisha Sethi writes about a spate of Bollywood films expounding a militant nationalist drive against "foreign" threats to the Indian nation. (2002)


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.


Steel Utensils: The Signature Medium of Subodh Gupta
by Sania Galundia
On the symbolism of utensils as the artist's "signature medium". (2015)

Thinking with the hand
by Soumitra Das
“…his hands were as capable of cerebration as his mind.” On Ram Kumar’s pen and ink and brush drawings of the early 60s. (2014)

Gaganendranath Tagore: Painter and Personality
by Ratan Parimoo
Ratan Parimoo provides an account of the career of "probably the first individualist" artist in India, Gaganendranath Tagore.

Between certain forms of life and what is living
by Daniela Zyman
Daniela Zyman reads Mithu Sen's oeuvre through the lens of the artist's own avowed desire "of not living the approved way."

Sahej Rahal: Dry Salvages
by Niru Ratnam
The writer charts a hallucinogenic history of a shaman-artist who comes in war, not peace. (2017)

Paradise exploding upon a tile
by Soumitra Das
On Praneet Soi referencing the socio-political realities and the aesthetic traditions of Kashmir. (2015)

Nasreen Mohamedi
by Pria Karunakar
"Somewhere between mathematics and mystery" Pria Karunakar reviews the experimental work of Nasreen Mohamedi. (1975)

Germinations from a metal plate
by Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni
Nadkarni offers a biographical sketch of Krishna Reddy, a towering figure in the field of graphic arts. (2000)

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

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)

Second Skin: In Conversation with my Mother's Daughter
by Rekha Rodwittiya
Rekha Rodwittiya extends her inner world of conversation and critique by interviewing herself.

Sunil Gupta speaks with Radhika Singh
by Radhika Singh
Radhika Singh talks to Sunil Gupta about his practice as a curator-photographer, writer and queer rights activist.

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

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.

Exploring the Politics of Identity
by Ram Rahman
Sunil Gupta's photojournalistic images movingly capture a deeply private investigation of inner conflict.