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    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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    Virtual Galleries - Art Movements in 1970s

    In the early 70s, artists have used narrative devices in many ways to transform the mundane into the magical. They locate the mythic into a world of memory. They use fantasy to express personal fears and anxieties, often giving them a dream-like intensity. KG Subramanyan’s Goddess at Goalpara at the NGMA is a witty pastoral image where the four armed goddess is seen chasing the buffalo demon. On another level, A Ramachandran endows the temporal with a sense of timelessness. In Incarnation, the beautiful tribal woman, framed by the blossoming flame of the forest tree, stands on a turtle, also a self portrait of the artist.

    Another artist who brought a metaphysical dimension to his images was Bombay-based Prabhakar Barwe. In Blue Lake at the NGMA, the fish form floating on the surface of the canvas and its skeletal reflection hint at disjunctive references from a dreamscape, and the realization of ultimate reality. K Khosa’s work is steeped in meta-reality. A Happening is clearly located in an imagined Kafkaesque world, in which the real takes on an eerie, unreal quality.

    Madhvi Parekh’s mythic world bristles with folk and tribal imagery of Gujarat. For Gogi Saroj Pal, the mythic image is the expression of a personal mythology. It is linked to the construct of women in a patriarchal society.

    A personal mythology also informs the shadowy image world of Ganesh Pyne. The experience of angst pervading the layers of existence harks to an umbral presence. In the late 60s and early 70s, Jogen Chowdhury brought into the public domain personal erotic fantasies that burgeoned with a life of their own in a nocturnal ambience.

    Both Amit Ambalal and Dharmanarayan Dasgupta introduce a whimsical note into the fantasy images.

    The strong mythical or fantasy content in the paintings of artists of the 70s and the 80s continued to be explored by the artists in the next decade to give a new thrust to visual language.

    Prabhakar Barwe

    Blue Lake

    Ganesh Pyne

    Untitled, Tempera

    K G Subramanyan

    Goddess at Goalpara

    Gogi Saroj Pal

    Swayambaram Gouache

    Amit Ambalal

    Taking Medicine, Pastel and watercolour on paper

    Madhavi Parekh

    Snake in Sea-2

    A Ramachandran



    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