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This statement comes with the context of a grand exhibition of
                 to
                                           to
                                                of
                                              mark the transfer of power from the Crown to the People; it exhibited masterpieces of Indian art from over
                       fledging
                    be
                         in
                                     of
                            to establish an
                                                   considered
                                                                             courage.” 5
                                                            first
                                                               comprehending
                                                                          of
                                                                        was
              and
                                                      an
                                                         “Indianness” in history and gave no clear answer to where the art for modern India should be steered to. It
                                                                          means
                                                time
                                           organized
                         -
                                     schools
                                                      located
                 out
                    to
                                                            their
                         galling
                                                                        it
              aspirant
                    became
                                                                        sounded,
                                                the
                 were
                       then,
                                                            held
                                                                          a
                                                      past,
                                                                             of
                                                                          time
                                     various
                                                At
                         no
                                                   hardly
              young,
                                           was
                                                                             act
                 artists
                                                Indophiles.
                                                            Progressives
                       our
                            and
                                                                  and realizing an ideal challenge to the existing academic art, but by experimenting with paint.
                    what
                         was
                                                               fully
                                                                          same
                                                                        program
                                                      the
                                                                             an
                                           show
                                                   were
                            forward,
                       and
                                     the
                         There
                                                                             required
                 The
                                                      from
                                                               by
                    of
              of
                                                                          the
                       rule,
                    perception
                                     studied
                                           The
                                                               not
              collective
                                                   efforts
                 pedagogy.
                                                                        Progressives’]
                                                by
                                                                          at
                                                      only
                                                            the
                         direction.
                                                               produced
                            look
                                                                          was
                                                exultantly
                                           1948.
                       British
                                                                             time
                                                            1949,
                                                   their
                                                      objects
                                     have
                                                                          It
                            to
              a
                                                                             their
                                                                          art.
                                           in
                    and
                       the
                            was
                                                   indeed,
              was
                 of
                                                            July
                                     e
                                           Delhi
                         creative
                                                               were
                                                reviewed
                                     “w
                                                                          modern
                                                      exhibiting
                 quo
                       from
                   3
                                                                             of
                                                                        [the
                            hour,
                    beauty
                                                            7th
              too
                                     wrote
                                                                             India
                                           in
                                                               that
                                                   reputable;
                                                                        as
                 status
                                                            On
              this
                       independence
                            the
                                           Lodge
                         and
                                                                        elementary
                                                                          of
                                                               works
                                                                             the
                    of
                                                was
                                                            answer.
                                                      by
                                     Souza
              art,
                            of
                               expansive territory for modernity to accentuate in India.
                                                                          paradigms
                    idea
                 the
                         artistic
                                                                             in
                            need
                                                      show,
                                           Viceregal
                                                miniatures—and
              of
                                                                                   new Indian art didn’t go unchallenged. Some artists
                                                                                            that
                                                                                the
                                                                                         western
                                                                                               traditional
                                                                                      this
                                                                             so
                                                               of
                                                   considered
                 challenge
                    very
                                     N
              history
                                                            to
                                                               collection
                                                                             do
                            the
                                                                                      in
                                                                                            “felt
                                                                                to
                         renewed
                                                                        “As
                                     F
                                                      art
                                                            aimed
                                                                                      element
                                                                          the
                       gained
                                                                             T o
                                        painting…to arrive at a vigorous synthesis.” 4
                    the
                                     principles,
                                                                                answer
                            heritage;
                                           the
                                                      Delhi
                                                                        notes,
                                                                                            Pai,
                                                                                         of
                                                                             context.
              the
                                                                          within
                    and
                                                                                               their
                 to
                                                            Progressives
                                           at
                                                   hardly
                                                                                         copy
                                                                                            Laxman
                                                               a
                       had
              in
                 wanted
                                                      The
                                                               forward
                                           organized
                         a
                                                                        Dalmia
                                                                                      Indian
                    sentimentalism,
                                                                                Progressives’
                                                sculptures,
                                                                                               shedding
              groups
                         needed
                                                                          themselves
                            artistic
                                     guiding
                       India
                                                                                         a
                                                                             own
                                                   were
                                                      Delhi.
                                                                                         only
                                                                                            like
                                                                                      any
                                                                        Yashodhara
                                                               putting
                 who
                       aestheticism.
                                                                             their
                            primordial
                                                   modernists
                                                            the
              revolutionary
                                                                                            others,
                                           art
                         definitely
                                                                                         it
                                                                                      note
                                     group’s
                                                      in
                                                                                               were
                                                years—bronzes,
                                                                                         in
                                           medieval
                                                            that
                                                      authorities
                 artists,
                                                                          rooting
                                                                             in
                                                                                the
                                                               exhibition,
                                                                                         saw
                                                                                      to
                                                                             these
                    mimesis,
                                                                                            Still
                                                            question
                                                                                               Progressives
                                                                                less,
                                                                                      failed
                                     the
                                                                        historian
                            our
                         most
                 experimental
                                                   the
                                                                                         and
                                                                          at
                                                                                            modernism.
                       as
                                                                             re-inventing
                                           and
                                     Elaborating
                                                                          attempt
              many
                                                                                the
                            to
                                                                                      critics
                                                      the
                                                   show,
                       accepted
                                                                                         all
                                                               Bombay
                         republic
                    critique
                                                            this
                            respect
                                           classical
                                                                                None
                                                      by
                                                                        art
                                                                                         at
                                                5000
              Like
                                                            was
                                                                                      and
                                                                                               the
                                                   the
                                                                                         art
                                                      art
                                                                          an
                                                                        As
                                                                                                 the  part become  to  attempt  their  in  fast  too moorings of the international movement.” 6  so  his  asked  art  Leyden,  von  Rudi  support.  also  was  there  But  sympathetic  a  wrote  India,  of  Times  The  for  critic  Leyden  von  of criticisms  The  show. 7  this  of  review were to have a decisive influence on the lives of the  another  of  views  the  were  as modernists,  Indian  from  came  who Langhammer,  Walter European,  Art  the  became  and  Vienna  of Academy  the  also Langhammer  India.
                                                                                               Born in 1922 in Babaria, a small village in Madhya Pradesh, S H Raza grew up in the midst of verdant forests
                                                                                                 –     on          understand  pursuing  age  Bombay
                                                                                                 house  became  merged  Jhariya  t the start of the  ‘Pushpanjali’  of  years  the
                                                                                                 his   e           not     actively             .
                                                                                                 past  hinterland  course  Nandlalji  could  was  review  fourteen  co-founded
                                                                                                 gushed  India’s  due  in  Shri  “I  stated  he  that  cultural  only  Raza
                                                                                                 Narmada  of  gestures  and  Mandala,  in  Raza  note  to  the  start,  was  He Raza joined the Nagpur School of Art, and in 1942 he  H  S
                                                                                                 The   transcended,  school  interview  worthwhile  to  1936. 2  graduating,  attributed to the overt sentimentalism in Indian art
                                                                                                 six.  subliminal  his  of Shri Nandlal drew a black dot on the white wall of the verandah and asked Raza to sit down and  an  of  him  in  Upon
                                                                                                 turned  the  inadvertently  course  is  It  inspired  painting  Art. Progressive Artists’ Group, along with Francis Newton Souza in 1948. The group also included Maqbool Fida Husain, Krishanji Howalji Ara, Hari Ambadas Gade, and Sadanand K. Bakre as its members. PAG did not align  6
                                                                                                 he  and  headmaster him to stay back after class. Raza was a frisky kid and by his own admission ‘a bad student’,a  the  proactive.  turn  and  of
                                                                                                 after  forest  it  that  the  during  in  literature,  School  J.
                                                                                                 moved  family  the  river,  the  mindscape  his  old  years  eight  later  years the motivation [of this exercise], but I obeyed.” 1  artistically  was  he  which  teens,  his  poetry,  to that point in time. After completing his schooling,  J.  the  at  enrolled  hich they
                                                                                       Untitled, 10 x 14.5 in, Watercolour on paper, Circa 1940  his  where Mandala,  in  of  force  life-  perennial  in entrenched  deeply  was  he  When  .  canvas  detention,  Many  point.  the  on  focus  adult  young  a  as  Even  during interests  literary  devoted  was  that  journal  he  where  Bombay  to  with the prevalent sensibility, w
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