Granite, Lamp and Mirror: Reviewing the Colonial Body

KM Madhusudhanan presents a body of work that spans a range of historical watershed moments in cinema and politics. A piece by Najrin Islam.

23 Oct 2018

Black Artists and Modernism in UK Museums

A cosmopolitan cocktail? A review by Virginia Whiles.

23 Oct 2018

Breaking Ground: Experiments with the Elemental Material

The first ever ceramics triennale of India pushes the envelope. Reviewed by Sania Galundia.

23 Oct 2018

Delirium//Equilibrium: The Moving Image in Art

A show of video and kinetic works at the KNMA, Delhi charts a new landscape of art. A review by Amrita Chakravarty.

26 Sep 2018

Artful Challenging

"In some ways I'm working as a cartoonist, a satirist, more than a graphic novelist. I'm always treading a line, it's hard to say if I've crossed a line." Ita Mehrotra speaks to Orijit Sen.

26 Sep 2018

The Visual Economy of Picture Postcards

Amrita Gupta Singh on the visual and literary aspects of the turn of the 20th century postcards in the exhibition Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.

25 Sep 2018

Prosthetics Over Paintings

An ongoing exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London that neglects Frida Kahlo’s art in favour of her fashion and medical possessions. Reviewed by Rhea Tuli.

24 Sep 2018

Art and Ecologies on the Edge
by Maya Kóvskaya
"Starting from the Desert," with its focus on "Ecologies on the Edge," the Second Yinchuan Biennale celebrates multiplicities and complicates old formulations of centre and periphery.

28 Aug 2018


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)

The present position of woman
by Sister Nivedita
The essay examines the civic and familial evolution of women in India in the early twentieth century. (1911)

Graphic Art of the Bengal School
by Jagdish Mittal
An overview of the history of graphic art in India and the contribution made by the printmakers of Bengal. (1962)

Modern Movement in Indian Sculpture
by Ratan Parimoo
Parimoo recounts the history of Indian sculptural art through a modernist paradigm. (1990)

Approaches towards an Aesthetic of Humanism
by Mulk Raj Anand
Mulk Raj Anand probes the quest for an aesthetic awakening through the medium of the creative arts. (1988)

Mata Bharata
by Ananda K Coomaraswamy
Coomaraswamy provides a metaphorical vision of Mother India against the backdrop of its colonized history. (1907)

Archer and the Pahari Schools
by Karl Khandalavala
The writer provides an account of the history of miniature paintings as chronicled by WG Archer. (1980)

art history project


A Painter of Melodies
by Soumitra Das
Jeram Patel's work, like music, is evocative of mental states, writes Soumitra Das. (2011)

Primitivism and kitsch channel cinematic desire in Karle’s Museum
by Deepanjana Pal
On Shreyas Karle's Museum of Fetish Objects that taps into the material culture of cinema. (2018)

Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore
by N.C Bhattacharya
"From an attempt to beautify the corrected pages of his manuscripts, he grew into a painter without any formal or academic training." (1958)

Biren De - A profile
by Jaya Appasamy
"His art is a passion, a religion, an action, a leela." On the individualism in the artist's practice. (1967)

Amrita Sher-Gil’s paintings are a reflection of her extraordinary childhood
by Soumitra Das
On the artist’s works in the exhibition at Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad. (2018)

Dhanraj Bhagat: portrait of an artist
by Keshav Malik
The writer highlights “continuity and innovation” in the artist’s style of work spanning over decades. (1987)

Midnight Dreams: The Tragedy of a Lone Revolutionary
by Anita Dube
Anita Dube on K. P. Krishnakumar and the Radical Painters and Sculptors Association that he helped found. (2014)

A material turn in history and aesthetics: The art of Samit Das
by Sumesh Sharma
On the historical and visual vocabulary of the artist’s practice. (2017)


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)


How much is too much?: Femininity at the Workplace in Hindi Cinema
by Damini Kulkarni
Hindi cinema's female characters must navigate their femininity in diverse ways to make their work lives actually work. (2018)

“It’s good to be a Star”
by Nargis
The Mother India-actress writes of her experience of stardom. (1952)

Private Lives and Public Spaces: The Precarious Pleasures of Gender Discourse in Raja Hindustani
by Shakuntala Banaji
The subversive potential of a regressive cinema belis canonical readings of the screen "gaze". (2002)

‘Moving beyond Themselves’: Women in Hindustani Parsi Theatre and Early Hindi Films
by Mrinal Pande
On the good/bad girls of the nineteenth century stage and their successors in the early Bombay cinema. (2006)

The Icchadhari Nagin in Hindi Cinema and the Politics of its Corporeality on Screen
by Najrin Islam
The writer details the techno-material construction of the abject female body in the Hindi snake-film. (2016)

Manto: Stories of/for Our Time
by Amrita Chakravarty
A look at the recently released biopic of the poet. Reviewed by Amrita Chakravarty (2018)

The Real Film Crisis
by V. Shantaram
An archival editorial presents a diagnosis of the weaknesses of Indian cinema by one of its pioneers. (1952)

Queering Bollywood: Alternative Sexualities in Popular Indian Cinema
by Gayatri Gopinath
On a "queer diasporic viewing practice" which makes possible transgressive readings of normative popular texts. (2000)


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.

The Sight/Site of Woman in the Art of the Forties: Reality, Realism and Representation
by Chilka Ghosh
On the representation of women in the work of the primarily male art establishment of 1940s Bengal.

‘Strong female characters’ in Hindi cinema
by Damini Kulkarni
Damini Kulkarni on the ‘burden of representation’ of women and the changing market dynamics of the Hindi film industry. (2017)

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)


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

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)

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 Abhishek Hazra
Riyas Komu talks to Abhishek Hazra on the explicit political choices in his work. (2006)

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

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)

The Partition of the Indian Subcontinent Seen through Margaret Bourke-White’s Photographic Essay ‘The Great Migration: Five Million Indians Flee for Their Lives’
by Dilpreet Bhullar
Dilpreet Bhullar reads Bourke-White's photo-essay published in LIFE through the twin epistemic frameworks of Partition studies and 20th-century documentary realism. (2012)

Invented Worlds: India through the camera lens of Waswo X. Waswo
by Curtis L. Carter
On questions of 'domination and exploitation' through a postcolonial reading of Waswo's body of work. (2007)