Introduction to Indian Art - An appreciation

By Prof. Soumik Nandi Majumdar   |   Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Learners enrolled: 1540
The Indian sub-continent has a tradition of visual arts dating back more than 10000 years. The works of art produced over the periods and across the huge expanse of the subcontinent are diverse in their style, subject and medium used. Each art work from different periods be it an architecture, sculpture, painting or decorative and functional object –embody and echo the objectives and ethos of the cultural period that produced it. This course intends to introduce an appreciation method to study, understand and enjoy Indian art as much comprehensibly as possible. The course is selective, specific and focused on the highlights and salient features of Indian art, both traditional and modern.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: 
Introducing Indian Art 

Week 2: 
Religious and Cultural Diversities

Week 3: 
Stylistic Variations

Week 4: 
Tradition to Modern

Books and references

  1. Indian Art (Oxford History of Art), Partha Mitter, Oxford, 2001
  2. The Art & Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent (Pelican History of Art Series), J.C.Harle, The Yale University Press, 1994
  3. Indian Art: A Concise History, Roy C. Craven, Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1976

Instructor bio

Prof. Soumik Nandi Majumdar

Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar is an Assistant Professor at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in the Department of History of Art, Kala Bhavana (The Institute of Fine Arts & Crafts). Prof. Majumdar has taught as a Visiting Faculty at IIT- Kanpur, in the discipline of Fine Arts, under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He completed his BFA and MFA in History of Art from Santiniketan and M.S.University, Baroda respectively. He is involved in teaching art history, conducting courses on art-appreciation, art criticism, art curating and researching on art-education.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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