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The Tales of the folk from the west – Warli painting

Warli painting is a tribal art mostly done by Adivasi from North Sahyadri Range in India, i.e. in western India . Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western India. Despite being in such close proximity of the largest metropolis in India, Warli tribesmen shun all […]

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Top points to remember while conducting an art exhibition

Whether you are a professional artist or an amateur setting up an art exhibition can be a creative, fulfilling endeavour in and of itself. However, it does have its challenges and you’ll need good planning to pull it off. And here we are listing the main points to remember before you conduct an art exhibition. […]

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Step into the grandeur of nether world – Step Well

Step Wells are wells or ponds in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected and are often of architectural significance. They also may be multi-storied having a bullock which may turn the water wheel (“rehat”) to raise the water in the well to the […]

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Artist

Raghu Rai – A walk through his photographs

Raghu Rai was born in the village of Jhang, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan). He was one of four children.  He was a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who appointed Rai, then a young photojournalist, to Magnum Photos in 1977. Cartier-Bresson co-founded Magnum Photos. Rai became a photographer in 1965, and a year later joined […]

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Events

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 is all set to start in December

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi, Kerala. It is the first Biennale being held in India. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an initiative of the Kochi-Biennale Foundation with support from the Government of Kerala .The Kochi Biennale Foundation is also engaged in the conservation of heritage properties and monuments […]

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Indian aesthetics

Indian aesthetics is a unique philosophical and spiritual point of view on art, architecture and literature. In Indian aesthetics, a rasa (Sanskrit: रस lit. ‘juice’ or ‘essence’) denotes an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art or the primary feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads […]

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History

The Ajanta cave paintings – a brief note

Hidden away in the hills of Northwest India, some 200 miles from the busy streets of Mumbai, emerge a magnificent jewel of art and religion: the Ajanta Caves. There are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The Ajanta cave paintings and rock cut […]

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Artist

Arjun H Das – A portfolio of a photographer

Arjun H Das hails from Palakkad, Kerala. During a talk with OpenArt he talks about his passion to photography and shares his portfolio with us . And here goes about this budding photographer. He carries his camera wherever he goes and photographs those things that catches his eye at the right time and circumstances. He […]

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Amrita Sher-Gil : Indian Frida Kahlo

One of the most talented painters ever to have graced the Indian soil, Amrita Shergil was an artist beyond compare. Though she lived for just 28 short years, she left an indelible mark on the history of contemporary Indian art. Amrita  Sher-Gil  was sometimes known as India’s Frida Kahlo. Born to a Punjabi Sikh father […]

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Indian Maestro – Nasreen Mohamedi

A life on the lines… Nasreen Mohamedi (Karachi, 1937 – Baroda, 1990) was one of the first Indian artists to embrace abstraction, moving away from the more conventional doctrines  of Indian modern art in the early decades of the 20th century. She chose non-figuration, an artistic practice marginalised at that time by independent India, which […]

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Meet Dr Ullas G Kalappura, the passionate photographer

Dr. Ullas G Kalappura is an avid photographer and a travel enthusiast based in Kerala. His areas of interest include nature, travel, street and macro photography. In 2012, he became the winner of state level photography contest held by the Kerala state Biodiversity Board. He was one among the eight photographers from Kerala who got shortlisted […]

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Art and digital democracy

The other day an eminent art critic was heard saying that it was the art critics and the media who decided the worth of an artistic piece. A mediocre piece of art could be elevated to the lofty status of a contemporary classic if they wrote about it, and celebrated it. Conversely, a piece which […]

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How differently an artist thinks?

Even though art and artists existed ever since the dawn of civilizations the concept of artistic work as an object of beauty, and artists as a rare individual gifted with the talents to create such beautiful objects is a rather later development.  This can be understood when we try to learn the motives behind the […]

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Indian Maestro – K.G. Subramanyan

KG Subramanyan, who died in Baroda on 29th June 2016 at the age of 92, was one of India’s most senior artists, working with diverse media and materials, and exhibiting extensively both within and outside the country. Painter, sculptor, muralist, K G Subramanyan was born in a village in north Kerala in 1924. While studying economics […]