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Gulam Rasool Santosh was a talented artist who had terrific control over two of the most enticing art forms, painting and poetry. He made a wonderful mixture of these two diverse mediums to express on his canvases. His paintings had certain element of his birthplace, the ephemeral beauty of Kashmir valley. His art works were beautiful and aesthetic and that what endeared them to viewers.  Born in 1929 in a middle class family in Kashmir, he always had a thing for natural beauty right from the very beginning. He started to draw since the time he was in class II. He initially focused on beautiful landscapes of Kashmir and did many of them before he moved to some other themes.

He did study art till higher secondary but he had to abandon his study midway because of family responsibility. One unique aspect of his paintings was fascinating depiction of geometric shapes and theme of Kashmir figuring predominantly in his works. Santosh’s work evokes certain mysticism about the valley. He was extremely good at perceiving the natural beauty of Kashmir in a semi-abstract form and that’s what distinguishes him from painters of his ilk. Geometric shape helped his works in creating a harmonic feel.

Santosh also covered cubist landscapes that brought him great fame and name. He organized more than 30 exhibitions of his art works. Santosh was a recipient of the Lalit Kala Academy award and in 1977; he was honored with the Padma Shree. He died in 1997 in New Delhi.


September 22, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar

glow of hopeThere are many jewels in the crown of Indian art. Some of them have attained worldwide fame and some others have kept on giving us one gem after another in a silent manner. Indian art is indebted to its disciples who have been instrumental in making Indian art reach another height. One of the talent artists whose art works have remained subject of appreciation and class was Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar. Born in 1882 in Savantwadi, Maharashtra, he was a born talent. He showed interest in paintings at an early age. Like several other imminent artists, he also joined the best Indian art college, i.e, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai.

 Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar learned the art of painting from Dhurandhar and Cecil Burns and soon he started to win several prizes. Exhibitions of his wonderful art works were organized at places like Mumbai, Chennai, Shimla and the Royal Society of Artists, London. He established Haldankar Art Institute in 1908 in Mumbai. In association with other prominent artists, he formed the Art Society of India in 1918 and was designated its president. His fame and popularity can be measured from his numerous art works adorning places like Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, Nagpur Museum, Nagpur, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Delhi Art Gallery, Jagmohan Palace, Mysore and Academy of Art, Moscow, USSR. His mastery in art was truly represented in water color and oils, and portraits. He also won several awards from Indian government.

August 15, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , , | Leave a comment

Abanindranath Tagore

Born on 7th August 1871 in the Jorasanko Town of West Bengal, Abanindranath Tagore was the nephew of Rabindranath Tagore. He is one artist one made a great contribution in the evolution of Indian art. One of the most prominent artists of his era, he is credited to revive Bengal school of painting. Abanindranath Tagore was a firm believer of swadeshi values incorporated in Indian art. A multi-dimensional personality, he was equally proficient in writing. Indian art world respects him for his contribution in modernizing Rajput and Mughal traditions. He did in the time when western art was establishing its roots during British Raj.

Abanindranath Tagore belonged to a family of artists. The whole world knows about his great uncle. Even his elder brother Gaganendranath Tagore was an acclaimed artist. He started learning arts in early 1880s. He married Srimati Suhasini Devi in the year 1889. He was deeply influenced by intricacies of Mughal art and started to focus on watercolors. His creations include wonderful paintings of Lord Krishna in Mughal style. He also worked with famous E.B. Havell and tried working for renewal of style of teaching Indian art.

Abanindranath Tagore was a firm beliver of the traditional Indian techniques of painting. Traditional art froms were his forte. He could never generate any interest in materialistic art of the western world. Two forms of art that left an indelible mar on his mindset were Mughal paintings and Whistler’s Aestheticism. He was also a big supporter of Eastern spiritual and artistic culture. His fascination towards integrating Chinese and Japanese calligraphic traditions into his art works are a clear example of this fact. His contribution to Indian art can never be forgotten.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment

Satish Gujral

India has produced several leading lights in the field of art and literature. The world of Indian art has been enriched by presence of top class talents in different eras. As we explore the world of talented Indian artists, one of the shining names that strike us is Satish Gujral. Very few artists are found as versatile as Satish Gujral. His talent is stretched across beautiful worlds of murals, paintings, sculptures and graphics. Not many people know but the multi-dimensional personality in question has also ventured into fascinating world of interior designing and architecture. He truly proves that even with some sort of permanent handicap, if the will is strong nothing can stop you.


Satish Gujral was born in the year 1925. He lost his ability to hear when he was just eight. He completed his studies from reputed Mayo School of Art and Sir J.J. School of Art. After initial brush with Progressive Artists Group, he prefreed to chart his own course and delved deep into modern art. He went to Mexico for his apprenticeship with famous artists Diego Rivera and David Sequeiros. He turned out to be a diversified artis with interest in different forms of art. Several exhibitions of his work have taken place in India as well as places as far as Mexico, Tokyo, Berlin, Stockholm and Rome. He has won several awards including, National Award for Sculpture, Padma Vibhushan, International award for Life Time Achievements (Mexico), National Award for Painting, Order of the Crown, Belgium (for Architecture) and Leonardo Da Vinci Award among others.


April 30, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment

Nandlal Bose

nandlalNandlal Bose belonged to the earlier era of Indian art when Indian paintings had started to make significant impression to the outer world. He was a painter of historic artistic tradition. He also excelled at representing contemporary practices of Indian art form. Born in December 1882 in Bihar, Nandlal Bose is regarded as one of illuminating lights of modern art of India. He learned his basics from painters of great repute like Havell and Abanindranath. One of the prominent artists of the modern India, he gathered the basics of art at Calcutta Government College of Art between 1905 and 1910. Thereafter he further enhanced his talent at Abanindranath’s Art School. This was the place where he truly learned to explore various mesmerizing facets of art from legends like Harinarayan Basu, Iswari Prasad and master Abanindranath himself. He spent no less than 5 years learning under Abanindranath and honed his skills to an unparallel level.


The first exhibition of Nandlal Bose’s paintings took place in 1911. it was just the beginning of what turned out to be an eventful journey for this supremely talented artist. Several exhibitions of his art work has taken place in many parts of India and as well as abroad. People were fortunate to witness his wonderful works at Societe des Peintres Orientalistes Francais at Grand Palais in Paris, American Federation of Art, Crystal Palace of England, Centenary Retrospective Exhibition, The Netherlands & Imperial Institute of England, and Athenee Gallery of Geneva.


He was an active member of famous movement of renaissance of art in India. Nandlal Bose was a principal of Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan (founded by great Rabindranath Tagore) between 1922 and 1951. He left us on 16th April 1966 but his immense contributions will always remain etched in our memory.

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment

Manjit Bawa

One of the eminent painters of India, Manjit Bawa has contributed significantly in popularizing Indian art on world stage. From the early childhood, he was fascinated by magical world of art and paintings. Though, his mother never supported his fascination, he was well encouraged by elder brothers. He completed his fine arts studies at ‘The School of Arts’, Delhi. He always knew that he wants to become a painter of repute. He firmly believed in different facets of art and made sure his art works represent something that has been portrayed before.


Manjit Bawa believed in freshness of art and in that cause he was well supported by reputed Abani Sen. His mentor, Abani Sen made him do all the hard work using his superb imagination. His passion for paintings knew no bounds. He took inspiration from his professors and honed his skills in figurative art quite unlike the other artists who followed trend of abstract art. He also worked as a silkscreen printer in Britain. Despite his stint in Britain, Manjit Bawa did not follow European style of painting blindly. He brought two diverse themes of Indian mythology and Sufism together and carved an altogether new style of painting.


A fan of traditional Indian colors, Manjit Bawa used bright colors in his paintings quite delicately. Equally proficient at portraying countryside landscape, he was a master of expressing expansive color of fields. Many exhibitions of his art works has taken place in different parts of the country and in abroad as well. Though, he left us all on Dec 29, 2008, His great paintings will always stay with us.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment

Jamini Roy

One of the most influential painters of 20th century, Jamini Roy was born in 1887 at Beliator village in Bankura district of Bengal. His works are known for giving India a unique individual painting style. He was very much influenced by rich heritage of traditional village and folk arts. He depicted everyday lives of people of rural Region. He belonged to a middle class family and his father was also an amateur artist. Jamini Roy was a earthy person who greatly believed in beauty of rural India and gave expressions to


Jamini Roy is credited to produce several wonderful works the likes of which include, Makara, Warrior King, Cats Plus, Santhal Boy with Drum, Krishna and Balarama, Kitten, Cats Sharing a Prawn, Ravana, Sita and Jatayu, St. Ann and the Blessed Virgin, Seated Woman in Sari, Krishna And Radha Dancing, Virgin And Child, Krishna with Gopis in Boat, and Crucifixion with Attendant Angels etc.


His inclination in painting was visible from early age and his initial encounter with brush largely depicted European tradition. But soon he developed his own signature style and fame kept coming his way. His preferred medium was oil paintings that gave expressions to every day lives of rural population. His themes were varied. Jamini Roy chose joy, sorrow, mythological, Jesus Christ, Ramayana etc his themes. He coined the term ‘Flat technique’ that referred to his own style of painting. His works were exhibited in several parts of India and in foreign locales like London and New York as well. A winner of Padma Bhushan, Jamini Roy left us in 1972.

March 20, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment

Anjolie Ela Menon

anjalaThe name Anjolie Ela Menon inspires awe, inspiration and creativity. She belongs to the league of top notch contemporary female artists of India. She has earned fame and accolades not only in India but in international arena as well. Her expertise lies at carving amazing works using oil on masonite medium. Like other great artists she has also worked wonderfully with other mediums like water color and glass. Her works have fetched tremendous value in diverse collections across the world.


Born in eastern state of West Bengal in the year 1940, Anjolie acquired her initial education at Lawrence school, Lovedale. She was born to parents belonging to Bengal and America. Her interest in painting was very much visible right from her childhood. She had already managed to enthrall people with her creativity by the time she left school. Further, she completed her studies from prestigious, Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai and Delhi University. She was a great fan of works of MF Hussain and Amrita Shergil. Her first exhibition took place when she was just 18.


Her talent won her an invitation from French government to study at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She gained a lot during that phase by traveling across Europe and studying Byzantine and Romanesque art. No less than 30 shows of her works have been exhibited across the world. Winner of Padma Shree, she is also known for being a wonderful muralist.

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment

Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita Sher-Gil is one of the most famous names in Indian art world. A well round personality she is credited to bring women talent on fore in the male dominated Indian arts. Born to a Sikh father and Hungarian mother, she studied art in beautiful city, Paris in France. Her father was a Sanskrit scholar as well as an aristocrat where her mother was a singer. She got her initial brush with painting at Grande Chaumiere and then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Sher-Gil returned to India at the end of 1934. By the time she touched the age of 20, she was already known as an upcoming talent with best of education and training. Right from the very beginning, she had decided to make her mark in the world of arts. Her single mindedness and hard work paid rich dividends in the long run.


Her training in Paris had clearly instilled influence of western style of painting in her work. After returning back to India, she studied Indian traditions and focused her themes on Indian culture. Later on she produced some of the most astounding Indian art work depicting Indian culture and traditional richness. She had a particular fascination for Ajantha paintings and Mughal miniatures and her works show glimpses of those traditions. She acquired tremendous fame after depicting life of poor Indians and south Indian subjects. Amrita Sher-Gil had tremendous command over color combination. Her art works were mostly related to pahari villagers and showcasing Indian women and their activities. She has beautifully presented restricted life of Indian women and their world of gloom. Amrita Sher-Gil died in the year 1941.

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment

Raja Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma was born on April 29, 1848. His birth place was Kilimanoor near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Right from the early childhood this legendary painter had shown the glimpses of genius. He was one artist who literally brought into notice the magnificence of Indian art to the world in general. He is also said to be a vital link between traditional form of Indian art and contemporary Indian art. Seeing his interest in painting, his uncle gave him preliminary lessons in the art. He also received training in water painting and oil painting from eminent teachers.


Raja Ravi Varma belonged to the traditional era and yet his art works reflect the rationalist in him. Among the most traditional artists he was considered as the modern one. Female beauty used to be the prime theme of his art works. His mesmerizing depiction of sari clad women are nothing but graceful. He also painted several scenes from Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. From the epics, he was particularly fascinated by episodes of Nala & Damayanti and Dushyanta and Shakuntala. He also admired powerful expressions of European paintings and was quite instrumental in fusing traditional Indian art with techniques of modern Europe.


Raja Ravi Varma gave us beautiful paintings like; The Orchestra, Shakuntala, Lady Lost in Thought, Romancing Couple, Girl in Sage Kanwa’s Heritage, Lord Krishna as Ambassador, A Family of Beggars, Shantanu and Matsyagandha, Victory of Meghanada, Lady with Fruit etc. there were several others wonderful pieces of paintings that has become immortal. A true legend, Raja Ravi Varma died on October 2, 1906.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , | Leave a comment