Modern Indian Art From The Colonial Period To The Present

By Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar   |   Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Learners enrolled: 124
The beginning of modern Indian art can be traced back to the advent of the British colonial power and the subsequent disintegration of the traditional courtly powers. Consequently, the patronage shifted from the erstwhile Kings to the new colonial rulers and the form and content of the visual art too witnessed vital changes. Soon, under the influence of nationalism, modern Indian art assumed the new form of resistance and revivalism until the independence after which the practice of modern art became self-reflexive and individualistic covering a wide range of topics and addressing different objectives.History of modern Indian art is essentially the story of the radical changes happened to take place from mid-18th century and went through various shifts from mid-19th century onwards. It is also the story of great stalwarts who made significant contribution to this history and provided it with a global acclamation.
The present course narrates this history touching upon the significant moments along with the most important examples, with an emphasis on both the collective initiatives and the rise of individual talents.

Humanities and Social Science, Fine Arts and Design, Architecture
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1:Modern Indian art :The beginnings
Week 2:Modern Indian art and Nationalism during the pre-independence era
Week 3: 1940s and Post-independence era of modern Indian art
Week 4:Indian art from modern to contemporary:1980s to the present

Books and references

1. Indian Art (Oxford History of Art), Partha Mitter, Oxford
2. The Triumph of Modernism: India's Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922-1947, Partha Mitter, Oxford, 2007
3. The Making of a New 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal, c.1850–1920. Tapati Guha Thakurta, Cambridge University Press, 2007
4. Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, William Dalrymple, Philip Wilson Publishers, 2019
5. Indian Life and People in the 19th Century Company Paintings in the Tapi Collection, J. P. Losty, Roli Books, 2018
6. Contemporary Indian Art: Other Realities, Yashodhara Dalmia, The Marg Foundation,2003
7. Indian Art an Overview, Gayatri Sinha, Rupa, 2003
8. Indian Contemporary Art: Post Independence:, Yvette Kumar (Ed), Vadera, 1997
9. Art of Modern India, Balraj Khanna, Thames & Hudson, 1999

Instructor bio

Prof. Soumik Nandy 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: 24 April 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.
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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.

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