Those were the days: Artist S Dhanapal, Colossus of Indian modern art
The study of any civilisation cannot be undertaken in exclusivity. An examination of its art is important as the two concepts are intertwined.
Artists usually find themselves at the crossroads at the turn of history. An interesting example of this transpired in India post 1947.
After Independence, artists in the nation had to establish their individuality and aspirations in the light of hard-won political freedom.
The evolution of India’s modern art – from the colonial era to independent India is fascinating to observe, though in retrospect, the transition was anything but easy.