Ibrahim Adil Shah II: Poet, painter and art patron

A portrait in the City Palace Museum in Jaipur shows Ibrahim Adil Shah II with a mark on the forehead, similar to the sacred mark common among several sects of Hindus.

21 Jul 2022

Various versions of Ramayana and Laxmana's line(s)

The rekha is viewed symbolically in two ways: less commonly as a protection offered to a woman by man, and more often as the limitations imposed by the latter on the freedom of the former.

23 Jun 2022

Bapuji: A landmark linocut by Nandalal Bose

From the 1890s, European artists used it to make printed pictures that came to be called linocuts. The medium was used as a substitute for the age-old woodcut, which is relatively laborious to make.

10 Jun 2022

Earliest Telugu Verse Translated into English

In the course of translating a few Telugu classics and publishing them, I have become inquisitive about knowing the very first verse from the language rendered into English.

31 May 2022

A look at the origin of Mughal paintings

Mughal painting, which contributed immensely to the annals of Indian art history, had become full-fledged under the patronage of King Akbar.

14 May 2022

A temple named after an ancient region of India

Sri Andhra Maha Vishnu, the presiding deity of a temple in Srikakulam is also known as Andhra and Telugu Vallabha and Raya, Srikakuleswara and Madhusudana.

03 May 2022

A mighty Gupta-era masterpiece from MP

To grasp the innumerable figures on the Eran Varaha, some of which still remain unidentified, a viewer has to take a circumambulation round the spectacular sculpture, and move the head up and down.

16 Apr 2022

A magnificent Varaha panel in Madhya Pradesh

God Vishnu’s third incarnation, Varaha (wild boar), has been widely represented in ancient Indian sculptures, paintings and even in modern prints. 

16 Mar 2022

The Navagunjara motif of Odisha

The Sarala Mahabharata narrates many myths, including that of Navagunjara, which were not present in the original Sanskrit version by Vyasa Muni.

16 Feb 2022

Ekapada, The Single-footed Divinity

In many temples in Odisha, north-coastal Andhra and Tamil Nadu, and also in Nepal, various images of Ekapada Siva have been placed in one of the external niches of the central shrine

28 Jan 2022

The killing of Jatayu by Ravana in paintings

In the Thiruvananthapuram work, Ravana slashes, with a sword in his right hand, one wing of Jatayu, while the bird is attacking him from his right side.

13 Jan 2022

Aliya Rama Raya, a patron of art and literature

After the restoration, according to the grant, Aliya Rama Raja had constructed a mantapa (pillared pavilion) in the temple.

13 Dec 2021

The earliest rock-cut monuments in India

All the caves of the Barabar and Nagarjuni hills were donated as dwellings to Ajivika ascetics. It was an ancient Indian religion that however completely vanished after the 14th century.

30 Nov 2021

Kanhadasa’s Yaksha of Pitalkhora - Kubera

A unique exception to this common phenomena of the artist unknown is the so-called ‘Yaksha from Pitalkhora’, now in New Delhi’s National Museum.

13 Nov 2021

Rare portrayal of Ravana's funeral in Andhra art

According to scholars, Indian dramaturgy prohibits enacting on the stage the death of main characters in a drama and in art too, though several battle-related deaths were shown.

27 Oct 2021