Art is subservient to no one. Everyone can enjoy art and no one can alone claim that art is theirs only. Around 3-4 centuries back, art was confined only to the elitists and the richest of the people.
Today, however, art is not bounded to or by anything. The rise of Indian women in the art sector truly signifies the dawn of a new era. Indian women have been a subject of oppression for centuries. However, with the beginning of the 20th century, several reforms were made and slowly but eventually Indian women gained their right to live their life as per their wish. This can be seen all around where an exhibition of famous Indian paintings is conducted.
In this article, we are going to discuss few of such eminent women who are not just a part of Indian art sector but are leading from the front. Have a look:
Where there is a will, there is a way. This quote fits right on this Iron lady of India. Feroze Gujral comes from the family of means. She is married to Mohit Gujral, the nephew of former Prime Minister of India.
She could have just gone along and lived a luxurious life without any worry in the world. But, Feroze is an iconic figure for the work she has done to represent Indian art on the global level. Gujral is the inceptor of Gujral Foundation (in 2008) and Outset India (in 2010).
Her two founding organizations are known to aid the Kochi Biennale, the 2014 exhibition of work by V. S. Gaitonde at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, and the India-Pakistan pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.
She is the one who brought India and its art to a global level. Leading the Indian art baton from the front, Gujral is also on the international boards of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the advisory board of IGNCA, New Delhi.
A power women responsible for the nourishment and polishing of Indian art sector, Kiran Nadar needs no introduction in the art fraternity. She is the wife of Shiva Nadar, the founder of HCL technologies and mother of one daughter.
With the vision of revamping the museum-going trend in India, Kiran holds the chairmanship of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.
Although, the initial thought of opening a wooden-flooring space was limited to sharing her own artwork among the few people. But, with time and the realization that Indian art sector needs powerful people to step up and endorse the culture, she re-invented the place.
Today, her art gallery is a genuine attempt to trim the gap between Indian paintings and the common public. Some of the features of her museums were the display of paintings of Nasreen Mohamedi and Amrita Sher-Gil along with the exhibition depicting the work of seven contemporary women artists.
‘Khanabadosh’, an itinerant art lab, which was founded in the year 2012. The founder of this creative and impeccable art lab is a proficient writer and expert curator, Gitanjali Dang.
The stylish and modern art gallery conducts small yet exquisite shows that could really hit your creative flair and make you think about certain social issues of present time. She is a live example of a great contemporary artist who has now created a space for all the rebellious and out-of-thinking artists to display their talent.
The lab was created to encourage and put-forward the itinerant art style.
Another talented and creative Indian woman, Bharti Kher specializes in making mesmerising pieces of sculptures. Bestowed with French Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, Kher is obsessed with the concepts of magical beasts, mythical monsters and allegorical tales that can be clearly seen in her sculpture works.
After concluding her education in Newcastle, England, Kher came to New Delhi. The subject matter of Kher’s sculptures is mainly digging deep into the social misconceptions and ethics that still persist in the society. Bharti is not scared to stand tall against the social and cultural taboos in India and that can be visible in her bold work.
The list goes on. I, unfortunately, cannot incorporate every ruling lady of the Indian art world in a single article. All I can say is that these ladies have really been coming upfront to not only preserve the cultural taste of Indian paintings but also encourage new artists by offering them a space to exhibit their hard work. This is a noble thing to do.