Art and Artists of the Twentieth Century

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 9 Jul 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Remembering the Jewish refugee who composed the All India Radio caller tune
By Naresh Fernandes
Published in scroll.in - Oct 24, 2014

Walter Kaufmann composed several early works that encouraged the interplay of East and West.

Listen here: http://bit.ly/2YzyWdY

All India Radio’s caller ... Read More
 7 Jul 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
From Mahatma Gandhi to Nehru, everyone was an MS Subbulakshmi fan
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 6 July, 2019

In 1926, a shy girl dressed in a traditional Tamilian attire of silk paavadai and davani, her thick curls pressed down with copious oil and a generous vermillion dot m... Read More
 1 Jul 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Kesarbai Kerkar, the Indian voice that made it to NASA’s Voyager mission
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 29 June, 2019

Kesarbai Kerkar insisted on removing microphones, loudspeakers from the stage. If something annoyed her, she would cancel the recital midway.

What’s the India... Read More
 29 Jun 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Sundarabai, the versatile singer-actor who helped women musicians herself died unsung & poor
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 16 June 2019

Sundarabai was witness to many changes in the world of music and entertainment, and helped several performers adapt to modern technology.

T... Read More
 27 Jun 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Gauhar Jaan, India’s first record artist, took Rs 3,000 a session & threw parties for her cat
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 5 May, 2019

Gramophone’s search for ‘native’ voices in 1900s brought it to India’s Gauhar Jaan, who would go on to have 600 records to her name.

It was... Read More
 26 Jun 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Hindustani vocalist Abdul Karim Khan’s music has special relevance in these communal times
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 19 May, 2019

Listening to Abdul Karim Khan at the age of 11, Bhimsen Joshi is said to have made up his mind that this was how real music ought to be.

An e... Read More
 25 Jun 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Bangalore Nagarathnamma, the singer who took to Sanskrit and feminism in 19th Century India
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 26 May, 2019

European record companies participated with artists like Nagarathnamma, a devadasi, at a time Indian society hounded them in name of morality... Read More
 24 Jun 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Coimbatore Thayi, the Carnatic singer who struck a chord in Paris but is unknown in India
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 18 June, 2019

Gramophone records were usually colour‐coded based on the artiste’s popularity. Thayi’s was coded violet, indicating she was among the most po... Read More
 23 Jun 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Ariyakkudi, maestro who woke up snoring crowds at concerts & made modern-day Carnatic music
By Vikram Sampath
Published in The Print - 23 June, 2019

Ariyakkudi Ramanuja put together styles of various musicians across centuries to create the ‘golden mean’ for Carnatic music.

The foundatio... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
"BHISHMA - 10TH DAY KURUKSHETRA" / Mahabharata
Painted by: M F Husain - 1988

Print, one of a portfolio of eleven: "MAHABHARATA". Numbered, signed. Ink and watercolour on paper.

The Surya Siddhanta defines Uttar?ya?a or Uttarayan as the period between the Makara Sankranti (which currently occurs... Read More
 12 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Jamini Roy (India, 1887-1972)
Brahmin Bull
tempera on card, signed lower right, gallery label on backboard, framed

Source: Bonhams Read More
 21 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
-- Pablo Picasso Read More
 30 Jan 2016 Rare Paintings
Bride?s Toilet - 1937
By Amrita Sher-Gil
Oil on Canvas

Source: National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi Read More
 30 Jan 2016 Article/Essay
Article:
Rare Amrita Sher-Gil portrait sells for record $2.92 million
The Hindu - March 20, 2015

A self-portrait by the artist has sold for $2.92 million in Sotheby?s New York auction, setting a new record for an Indian woman artist.

A rare self-portrait by Amrita Sher-Gil has sold for $2.92 m... Read More
 30 Jan 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Contemporary Paintings of India
Published by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Department of Tourism, Government of India - 1950

Read Book Online:

http://bit.ly/1WTn283

Download pdf Book:

http://bit.ly/1nutgi3 Read More
 12 Jan 2016 Rare Paintings
Musafir
By Deviprasad Roychowdhury

Deviprasad Roychowdhury, (1899-1975 AD) artist. Born in Rangpur on 14 October 1899, he had his early education at home. He started learning painting at the feet of Italian painter Boiess. Later he abandoned European technique and style and became a disciple of... Read More
 12 Jan 2016 Rare Paintings
Palace Doll
By Deviprasad Roychowdhury

Deviprasad Roychowdhury, (1899-1975 AD) artist. Born in Rangpur on 14 October 1899, he had his early education at home. He started learning painting at the feet of Italian painter Boiess. Later he abandoned European technique and style and became a disciple... Read More
 12 Jan 2016 Rare Paintings
The Death Messenger
By Deviprasad Roychowdhury

Deviprasad Roychowdhury, (1899-1975 AD) artist. Born in Rangpur on 14 October 1899, he had his early education at home. He started learning painting at the feet of Italian painter Boiess. Later he abandoned European technique and style and became a... Read More
 12 Jan 2016 Rare Paintings
Arjuna as a Victor
Abdur Rahman Chughtai
Watercolor on paper

Abdur Rahman Chughtai is remembered today as possibly the most distinguished Pakistani artist of the 20th century. His work draws from a shared South Asian cultural heritage, and he was one of the few Pakistani artists to be recognize... Read More
 12 Jan 2016 Rare Paintings
Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Pakistan, 1897-1975)
Untitled (Hasrat stare), circa 1960
Watercolor on paper; signed in Urdu lower right.

Chughtai believed that it was the duty of the artist to rise above prejudice in the creation of an art that celebrates inclusive and universal tradition. According to ... Read More