Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | Author:

In previous article we talked about contribution made by some imminent painters in modern Indian painting movement. One of the artists of that era was Jamini Roy who particularly worked on folk art of Bengal. He adopted new means of painting and focused on new themes that catered to grounded themes. Apart from him other artist who really gave her all was Amrita Shergill who is credited with producing several great art works.


Post independence Indian art world witnessed a new scenario called Progressive Artists’ Group. This new event took off from where Modern Indian Painting had left. One must have heard of legendary names this group boasted of. Names like Francis Newton Souza the founder, Maqbool Fida Husain, S.H.Raza, H.A.Gade, S.K.Bakre and several other luminaries. The group worked on a contrasting method. On one hand the themes were bold and progressive whereas on the other side of the spectrum, softness reigned supreme. The first painting exhibition of the group took place in 1948.


Progressive Artists’ Group opened completely new avenues for emerging artists. Now, they did not need to follow any pattern. Expression was the buzzword and it could be all subjective depending upon the perspective of the artist. The following decades witnessed arrival of fascinating talents like V.S. Gaitonde, Balraj Khanna and J.Swaminathan. all these names were abstract painters. Some other prominent names in contemporary Indian art that came out of the movement were, Biren De, G.R.Santosh, Gulam Muhammed Sheikh, Bhupen Khakkar, K.K.Hebber, S.H.Raza, Akbar Padamsee, Tyeb Mehta, Krishna Khanna, Laxman Shrestha, Navjote, Jeram Patel, Jyoti Swaroop, Ram Kumar, Jehangir Sabavala, Rameshwar Broota, Manjit Bawa and Sundaram and many others. This became an all India phenomenon where artists emerged from every corner of the country. Female artists like Anjolie Ela Menon, Arpana Caur, B.Prabha, Kamala Das, Lalitha Lajmi and Meera Devidayal also came to the forefront and dazzled world with their talents. Indian art no more remained the same. The efforts of these artists can now be felt at international stage.

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