Amrita Sher-Gil was a renowned Indian painter. She was one of the most charismatic and promising Indian artists of the pre-colonial era. Most of her paintings reflect vividly her love for the country and more importantly her response to the life of its people.
Amrita Sher-Gil was born in Hungary in 1913. Her father was a Sikh aristocrat and her mother was Hungarian. Both her parents were artistically inclined. Her father, Umrao Singh Majitha, was a Sanskrit Scholar and her mother, Marie Antoinette, was a pianist. Amrita spent her early childhood in the village of Dunaharasti in Hungary. In 1921 her family moved to Shimla. It was at this time that Amrita Sher-Gil developed interest in painting. An Italian sculpture used to live in Shimla. In 1924, when the Italian sculpture moved to Italy, Amrita Sher-Gil’s mother too moved with her along with Amrita.
In Italy Amrita was enrolled at Santa Anunciata, a Roman Catholic institution. Amrita did not like the strict discipline of the Catholic school but on the flip side she was exposed to the works of the Italian masters and this further fanned her interest in painting. In 1927, Amrita Shergil returned to India and began taking lessons in painting under Ervin Backlay. But Ervin’s insistence that Amrita should copy real life models exactly as she saw them irked Amrita and thus her painting stint under Ervin Backlay was short lived.
In 1929, at the age of sixteen, Amrita Sher-Gil sailed to France to study Art. She took a degree in Fine Arts from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. She also learnt to speak and write French. It was in France that she started painting seriously. The Torso, one of her early paintings was a masterly study of a nude which stood out for its cleverness of drawing and bold modeling. In 1933, Amrita completed Young Girls. Critics and Art enthusiasts were so impressed by Young Girls that Amrita Sher-Gil was elected as Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris. Amrita was the youngest ever and the only Asian to be honored thus.
In 1934, Amrita Sher-Gil returned to India and evolved her own distinct style which, according to her, was fundamentally Indian in subject, spirit, and technical expression. Now the subject of his paintings were the poor, the villagers and beggars. In 1937, Amrita Sher-Gil went on a tour of South India. This gave her the opportunity to achieve the simplicity she always wanted in her paintings. In 1938, Amrita Sher-Gil went to Hungary and married her cousin Victor Egan much to the opposition of her parents. In 1939, Amrita Sher-Gil returned back to India and started painting again. After her return her health deteriorated and she died on December 6, 1941. (via)
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KASHMIR’S ALL-GIRL ROCK BAND, PRAGAASH: Members of all-girls rock band ‘Pragaash, perform at the annual ‘Battle of bands’ competition in Srinagar, recently. (PTI Photo/Irfan) (source)
Kashmir’s All-Girl Rock Band decides to call it quits due to threats from right-wing religious fundamentalist
The first all-girl band of Kashmir today decided to call it quits in the wake of a ‘fatwa’ issued by Grand Mufti terming singing as un-islamic, a remark that came under all round attack.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among a large number of political leaders who gave their unflinching support to the girls, urging them not to quit singing because of a “bunch of morons”. The hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani also criticised the Grand Mufti.
Within days after their performance in Srinagar, the band started receiving online threats and absurd comments which was followed up with a ‘fatwa’ (religious decree) issued by Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad yesterday.
Sources close to the band said the girls have decided not to sing in the wake of Mufti’s controversial decree.
The 10th-class students — vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid — had formed a band “Pragash” and performed in December last year with a scintillating performance at the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition in Srinagar and won the best performance award in their first public appearance.
Sensing the mounting support for the girls, hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Geelani distanced itself from the ‘fatwa’ and said, “There is no threat to the girls. Nobody has issued any threats. It is a mere propaganda by the media and they are making a big bomb out of a normal issue to defame Kashmiris.”
The Word to Your Motherland title wall I painted at Betti Ono Gallery for my first solo art show back in July. #wtym #word #artshow #art #handpainted #signage #mural #graffiti #henna #mendhi #india #africa #pangea #indian #punjabi #oaklandartmurmer #oakland #bayarea #bay2bombay #hiphop #culture #5elements @bettiono
Mandeep Sethi performing live at Word to Your Motherland: An Exhibit Showcasing Hip-Hop in India back in July. #tbt #wtym #word #artshow #art #handpainted #signage #mural #graffiti #henna #mendhi #india #africa #pangea #indian #punjabi #oaklandartmurmer #oakland #bayarea #bay2bombay #hiphop #culture #5elements #kalakari @mandeepsethi @bettiono
The Hijra of India, Pakistan, and Balgladesh are probably the most well known and populous third sex type in the modern world. The Mumbai-based community health organization called the Humsafar Trust estimates that there are between 5 and 6 million hijras in India… British photographer Dayanita Singh writes about her friendship with a Hijra, Mona Ahmed, and their two different society’s beliefs about gender: “When I once asked her if she would like to go to Singapore for a sex change operation, she told me, ‘You really do not understand. I am the third sex, not a man trying to be a woman. It is your society’s problem that you only recognize two sexes.’