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Art History Made Fun: A Journey through Indian Art Movements



India has a rich and diverse artistic history, spanning thousands of years. From the ancient cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora to the contemporary works, Indian art has something to offer everyone.

Here is a brief overview of some of the most important Indian art movements:

  • Ancient Indian Art: Ancient Indian art is characterized by its rich symbolism and its focus on religious themes. Some of the most famous examples of ancient Indian art include the rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora, the sculptures of Sanchi and Bharhut, and the paintings of Bagh.

  • Medieval Indian Art: Medieval Indian art is influenced by both Hinduism and Islam. Some of the most famous examples of medieval Indian art include the Chola bronzes, the Rajput miniatures, and the Mughal architecture.

  • Colonial Indian Art: Colonial Indian art is a fusion of Indian and European styles. Some of the most famous examples of colonial Indian art include the works of Raja Ravi Varma and Abanindranath Tagore.

  • British-Colonial Art : During the British colonial period, Indian artists were influenced by Western art. British-colonial art is characterized by its use of realistic techniques and Western subject matter. Some of the most famous British-colonial artists include Raja Ravi Varma and Abanindranath Tagore.

  • Contemporary Indian Art: Contemporary Indian art is a diverse and vibrant movement. Some of the most famous contemporary Indian artists include Anish Kapoor, Subodh Gupta, and Jitish Kallat.

  • Modern Indian Art - Modern and contemporary Indian art is characterized by its diversity and experimentation. Indian artists are now exploring a wide range of styles and techniques. Some of the most famous modern and contemporary Indian artists include Amrita Sher-Gil, M.F. Husain, and Anish Kapoor.

Indian art has a rich and diverse history. Over the centuries, a variety of art movements have emerged, each with its own unique style and subject matter. If you want to encourage your children to learn more about Indian art, visit the Children's Art Museum of India (CAMI).


Share Indian folk art created by your children with CAMI.



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