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  • Naimisha 2022

    Name of CPIODesignationTelephone Number
    Dr. Shashi BalaCurator011-23071005

    The Director,
    National Gallery of Modern Art,
    Ministry of Culture, Government of India
    Jaipur House, Sher Shah Road
    New Delhi 110003
    Telephone Number : 011-23386111

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    The beginning of modernism in Indian sculpture can be traced to its adaptation of western academic art traditions in the early 20th century. Sculptors who trained in the academic realist style at British art schools worked on secular subjects in a departure from ancient and medieval Indian norms, where myths and deities formed the major themes. Sculptures were now created to cater to the demands of the newly emerging upper and middle social classes. The innovation of Indian sculptors can be seen in the intense and exaggerated realism during this period.

    The next phase of sculptural development is represented by artists such as D.P Roy Chowdhury, Fanindranath Bose and V. P. Karmarkar who were influenced by the dignified and monumental works of the French sculptor Rodin. It was only in the 1940’s and 1950’s that Indian modern sculpture developed a unique indigenous language; best represented by the works of Ram Kinker Baij. He looked afresh at both western and traditional Indian norms, amalgamating them in a modern context. In a distinctive style, he experimented with unconventional material such as concrete, gravel and cement, looking to the rural landscape and tribal communities for subjects.

    The 1950’s were marked by experimentations with wood and stone, in which the essential character of the solid block was retained. In the next two decades, sculptors utilized a variety of techniques to create new relationships between material, theme and form. The sculptures celebrated the spirit of humanism and their work was also infused with a sense of the spiritual that is reminiscent of classical sculptural styles. The search for pure form induced by European aesthetics added a new and interesting dimension. Experiments with unusual material, sometimes in combination with traditional material, had intriguing results. Apart from the classical traditions, folk and tribal sources had a profound effect on the artistic imagination.

    The sculptures in the NGMA collection by artists such as Ramkinkar Baij, Debiprasad Roy Chowdhury, Sankho Chaudhuri, Pradosh Dasgupta, Piloo Pochkhanawalla, Adi Davierwala, Chintamani Kar, Amarnath Sehgal, Dhanraj Bhagat, Meera Mukherjee, Piraji Sagara, Raghav Kaneria, Nagji Patel, Himmat Shah, K.G. Subramanyan, Balbir Singh Katt, Latika Katt, Jeram Patel, Nagji Patel, Jagdish Swaminathan, Satish Gujral, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Madan Lal, Sabari Roy Chowdhury, KS Radhakrishnan, S Nandagopal, PV Janakiram, Ravinder Reddy, NN Rimzoh, Pushpamala N, Valasan Kolleri, Prithpal Singh Ladi, Karl Antao and Sudarshan Shetty narrate the story of the history of modern sculptures in India in a holistic way.

    The NGMA’s sculpture collection is amongst the richest in the country. The Gallery is further enhancing the collection with the acquisition of contemporary works that blur the boundaries between sculpture and installation.

    Sankho Chaudhuri

    Toilet, Stone, 67 cms

    Pradosh Dasgupta

    ‘In Bondage’, 63 X 64 X 103(H) cm Replaced

    A M Davierwalla

    Icarus, Iron, 29 X 37 X 14(H) cm

    Chintamoni Kar

    Flight, Mahogony wood, 111.8 X 29 X 21.5 cms

    P Poochkhanawala

    Erosion, Miled steel, 65 X 42 X 154(H)cm

    Dhanraj Bhagat

    Bull, Wood, 58 X 23 X 38(H)cm

    Valsan Kolleri

    Sculpture, Bronze, 35.2 X 26.3 X 26.2 cm

    P V Janakiram

    King, Brass sheet and metal, 53.5 X 51 X 21(H)cm

    N N Rimzon

    Man in a chalk circle, Painted fibreglass, 90 X 60 X 90.5(H)cm

    Mrinalini Mukherjee

    Basanti, Hemp, 95 X 75 X 215(H) cm

    Himmat Shah

    Head on Board, Terracotta, 40.5 X 33.5 X 19.5(H)cm

    Meera Mukherjee

    Spirit of Daily Work, Bronze, 84 X 31.5 X 172(H)cm

    Latika Katt

    Jeram Patel Eating paan, Bronze, 39 X 37 X 40(H) cm

    Balbir Singh Katt

    Nadeshwar, Black marble, 122 X 91.5 X 221(H)cm

    S. Nandagopal

    Krishna with Cows, Copper, brass and enamel, 104 X 23 X 88cm

    Ravinder Reddy

    The Girl with flower, Fibreglass, 43 X 36 X 182(H)cm

    K S Radhakrishnan

    Figure II, Bronze, 16 X 13 X 42(H)cm

    Sarbari Roy Chowdhury

    Siddheshwari, Bronze, 26 X 34 X 29(H)cm

    Madan Lal

    Untitled, Marble, 83 X 72 X 18(H)cm

    Satish Gujral

    Tree of life, Burnt wood, 58 X 19 X 144(H) cm

    Nagji Patel

    Weight- 01, Granite and Brass, 38 X 23 X 13(H)cm


    Amar Nath Sehgal

    International Women's Day 2020

    International Women's Day 2020

    A.A. Almelkar

    Miniature Painting

    Tanjore and Mysore

    European Traveller Artists

    Company Period

    Kalighat Painting

    Academic Realism

    Bengal School

    Amrita Sher-Gil

    Jamini Roy

    Gaganendranath Tagore

    Rabindranath Tagore


    Artists Collectives

    Abstraction in Contemporary Indian Art

    Art Movements of 1960s

    Art Movements in 1970s


    Modern Sculptures

    Print Making