Come Covid, there was some confusion initially and while the world felt topsy-turvy, the ‘contemporary Indian art’ world matured. What happened was most unexpected, the hierarchies changed!
This week, the Indian High Commission in London confirmed that the formalities for the ancient artefact's return to India are being finalised and it will be restituted in a few months' time.
Promising to keep the legacy of its past alive, one of India's foremost art galleries in Delhi is reborn as a new space for old conversations.
Moving shoulder to shoulder with the professional elite of the art world, an art writer or critic fails to tread a different path of his own and forgets his professional ethics.
The demand for homegrown arts and crafts has been on the decline. India is home to more than thousands of artisans who are skilled in various crafts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought back 157 artefacts and antiquities, which were handed over to India by the US during his visit.
The collection is composed largely of "religious and cultural artefacts" worth a total of about US$2.2 million, including some dating back to the 12th century.
The lotus was an image, symbol of fertility and metaphor of beauty in the long cultural past of India and it still enjoys a sacred position and its 'Indianness' is beyond doubt.
Currently, a 1961 untitled work by V S Gaitonde that sold for Rs 39.98 crores at another Saffronart sale earlier this year is the most expensive Indian art sold globally.
Paintings of veterans like M F Husain, S H Raza and Manjit Bawa are among the most-copied, often fetching high prices, thanks to clever imitation and circuiting of fakes, say experts.