Indian Art over the Ages
India has a rich tradition of tribal, religious and folk art, artists in India in the early years of the last century followed western traditions of painting realistic landscapes and portraits. Artists like Raja Ravi Verma and Vasudeo Pandya. It was a group of artists, ‘Progressive Artists’ Group’, in the 1940’s-50’s comprising FN Souza, SH Raza, MF Husain, and VS Gaitonde, among others who consciously worked to create an art tradition reflective of avant-garde India and the modern times. In the east, Abanindranath Tagore took up the cause of establishing and supporting ‘Indian Paintings’ inspired by the Mughal and Rajput styles of art. Beginning from here and slowly picking up in momentum, the perception of change has widened today to include anything from pretty pictures to the latest developments in the west, which concentrate a lot on installations and proactive art.
Indian art has arrived on the very fringes of international consciousness. The talent and history of Indian art is a reality, but it has not even touched the levels of more oriental appreciation (as in East Asian, e.g. Chinese, Indonesian, etc.). Internet has the ability to reach out to a wider audience, across India and the world. It’s becoming the preferred medium to acquire and disseminate information to the world and could definitely promote the cause of Indian art.