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Course Co-ordinated by IIT Kanpur
Prof.Soumik Nandy Majumdar
Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan


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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.





Introducing Indian Art


Religious and Cultural Diversities


Stylistic Variations


Tradition to Modern

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

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