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Manjit Bawa

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Manjit Bawa

Born in 1941 in Dhuri, Punjab, Manjit Bawa is one of India’s most acclaimed artists. Encouraged heavily by his older brothers to pursue art, Bawa studied at the Delhi College of Art from 1958-1963 under eminent modern artists such as Somnath Hore, Dhanraj Bhagat and B.C. Sanyal. But it was Abani Sen who had a huge influence on Bawa, pushing him towards figurative work when others were leaning towards abstract. Sen made Manjit Bawa sketch constantly, and that practice made him develop his own distinct style, which is recognizable even today. Bawa went to London in 1964 where he worked...

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S.H. Raza

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S.H. Raza

Sayed Haider Raza is one of the most prominent and groundbreaking Indian painters of his generation. During his training in France, Raza experimented with a variety of Modernist styles through landscape painting—first inspired by Expressionism, and later by geometric abstraction. In 1970, Raza began to paint purely geometric forms, particularly the circle and the dot, which he likened to the idea of the bindu. Though his style changed drastically over the course of his career, Raza’s works were all united in their emphasis on color, and their references to memory and mood. Raza was also responsible for founding the Bombay Progressive...

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M.F. Husain

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M.F. Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain (better known as M.F. Husain) is the most internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Often called ‘Picasso of India’, Husain was born in 1913 in Maharashtra and passed away in London in 2011 at the age of 97. A self-taught artist, Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s and was a founding member of the Bombay Progressive Artists Group (PAG), inspired by post-partition India. A graduate of the J.J. School of Art, Husain’s paintings focused on a wide range of topics and people, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mahabharata and Ramayana etc....

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Thota Vaikuntam

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Thota Vaikuntam

Thota Vaikuntam hails from Andhra Pradesh, in South India, and finds his inspiration in the rural areas of the state. He is most notable for his portrayal of Telangana women, in a career spanning nearly four decades, he has been regarded as one of the most prominent figurative painters of today.Vaikuntam spent most of his childhood in the intensely rustic surroundings of Telangana. Within this rural cycle of life, Vaikuntam learned to appreciate the simplicity, beauty, and innocence of the village people. Home to weavers and farmers, his village, will be his constant source of inspiration throughout his career. His...

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Dhiraj Choudhury

Dhiraj Choudhury

If he could draw as a newborn, he would have. Born right into the middle of India’s struggle for freedom in Amara Bangla (eng. Bengal), even as a child, Dhiraj Choudhury absorbed the realities of life in those tough times including the great Bengal famine of 1943.Revolutionaries like Khudiram Bose, Aurobindo Ghosh, Rasbihari Bose, Subhash Chandra Bose inspired his thoughts of a contemporary India, a mould where everyone will be equal. What you see in his works are narratives of socio-political situations of contemporary India. Every work of his is a play in progress, the characters living their part on...

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