Jamini Roy Three seated women c 1942
Drawing on the Gallery's growing collection of Indian art, this exhibition will present a panorama of India's diverse painting traditions over several centuries. Starting with the earliest painting in the collection, an early 16th century folio from a Jain manuscript, the exhibition will conclude with works by leading contemporary artists such as Bhupen Khakhar (born 1934) and Nalini Malani (born 1946). Included in the displays will be fine Mughal miniatures, lively narratives from the various court ateliers of Rajasthan, examples of the increasingly popular Kalighat school, and contemporary examples of the adivasi, or tribal and folk traditions. Themes included within these different schools range from representations of Hindu deities to tales of courtly love and illustrations of musical melodies (raga).