A Comparative Study of the Representation of ‘Female’ in Amrita Sher-Gil and Francis Newton Souza’s Works
Subir Rana examines various varying conceptions of female and feminine in the works of two key Indian Modernist painters, Amrita Sher-Gil and Francis Newton Souza. His paper delineates the two’s changing responses to representational aesthetics in context of the dynamism in their understandings of spiritualism, ethics, religion and the purposes of art.
Jamini Roy, a different aesthetics of dissent
Shivangi Pareek looks at various aspects of Jamini Roy’s art as expressions of carefully cultivated modes of resistances. She argues that his artistic vision and style is a socially committed political intervention, thereby refuting claims of critics who see his art as too formulaistic, dehistoricised and merely an obsessive search for originality.
Speculations on Ravi Varma, Nationalism and Hindutva: A Commentary
Anubhav Pradhan traces the unlikely and, perhaps, unintentional trajectories between the pictorial aesthetics of Raja Ravi Varma’s art and the aggressive posturing of exclusionist Hindutva politics. He sees in Ravi Varma’s convenient domestication of sexuality the tend of larger ethico-moral inclinations which contributed as much to the construction of an Indian identity as to its repression and regression by political fundamentalists later on.