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The visual arts have a history virtually as long as human occupation in South Asia, with rock art dating to 30,000 years ago. The built environment reflecting practical and aesthetic purposes takes a notable leap in the Indus Valley Civilization about 5,000 years ago. The visual arts in India today are vibrant and diverse, dialoguing with global trends as well is with its millennial cultural traditions.


All India Fine Arts and Craft Society

The New Delhi-based organization organizes exhibitions; the site includes newsletters, events calendars, and pictures.

Art & Culture
From the Government of India’s Web site; see links to Indian cultural heritage, ancient monuments, painting, and handicrafts, as well as “Relevant Links.”

Indian Art and Architecture
An introduction and overview from the Columbia Encyclopedia.

The Indian National trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, dedicated to conservation and preservation of India's natural, cultural, living, tangible and intangible heritage.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
Provides information and resources on a variety of arts in India.

Lalit Kala Akademi
The Indian National Academy of Art.

Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space
At the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Sept. 19, 2013 – Feb. 2, 2014; an exhibit that “explores the creation and maintenance of borders, both physical as well as psychological, through the works of artists primarily from South Asia.”

Ministry of Culture
The Indian Ministry of Culture’s site has information about and links to galleries and museums, World Heritage Sites, built heritage and archeological sites.

The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989
At the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sept. 13, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014. Sahmat is “an influential artist collective that has taken a consistent stance against the threats of religious fundamentalism and sectarianism in India through a vibrant mix of high art and street culture.”

indian-artb.jpgSouth Asian Arts
An overview in the Encyclopedia Britannica

Visual Arts
Resources on architecture, sculpture, and painting, from the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), an autonomous organization affiliated with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India that focuses on linking education with culture.