India

Prizesinterview

'India is an example of fascism unchecked': Jameel Prize-nominated activist Sofia Karim on her samosa packets of solidarity

The London-based artist's Turbine Bagh project shines light on human rights abuses across South Asia

Crime news

Jailed diamond dealer and art collector Nirav Modi fights extradition to India on mental health grounds

Modi, who is currently held in Wandsworth Prison in London, is wanted for allegedly defrauding a state bank of £729m

Muslim mob attacks Hindu temple in Pakistan after eight-year-old boy allegedly urinates on library floor

Paramilitary forces deployed after local police fail to protect the religious shrine

Indian museum brings artist M F Husain back from the dead using AI

Visitors to the Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore can pose questions to a "digital twin" of the late Bombay Progressive Group painter

Indianews

As India's death toll surges, £2bn renovation of Delhi parliament buildings continues as 'essential service'

Many are questioning how Prime Minister Narendra Modi can justify his "vanity project" as hospitals are overwhelmed with patients

Gaitonde breaks Indian art auction record—again—but Amrita Sher-Gil painting falls flat in uneven South Asian sales

A number of Indian artists made their auction debut this season, though several established names missed the mark

Rediscovered portrait by India's most famous female painter Amrita Sher-Gil expected to sell for $2.8m

1932 painting of artist's close friend has been out of the public eye for over 90 years but now comes up for auction at Christie's in New York

The fight against Putin: artists on the frontline

Plus, India reconstructs its history and Navid Nuur on Walter de Maria

Indianews

How an artist-led newspaper in Delhi is helping to organise the 'world's biggest protest'

The Trolley Times combines activist strategy with hidden voices from the Indian farmers' protest

Indianews

India's Supreme Court approves Modi's £2bn 'vanity project' to redevelop Delhi parliament complex

The reconstruction of the Central Vista is a significant step in the prime minister's efforts to sever the nation from its colonial past

Indianews

'New Hindu India': Narendra Modi begins £2bn overhaul of Delhi's colonial parliament buildings

Politicians and cultural leaders have questioned the use of state funds for prime minister's "vanity project" during Covid-19 crisis

Indianews

Indian museum hopes to reconcile bitter saga of sectarian conflict near disputed holy site

A planned mosque and cultural centre will celebrate the syncretic culture of Hinduism and Islam in the northern city of Ayodhya

Indian museum celebrating Muslim dynasty renamed after Hindu king

The museum, located in Agra, will show art, jewellery and fashion of the Mughal Empire

Mumbainews

Street art by ‘India’s Banksy’ defaced by right-wing youth group in Mumbai

Tyler Street Artist had painted the names of pro-government public figures onto a road for a collaborative public shaming project

'Adventurer scholar' Douglas Latchford dies in Bangkok, aged 89

Expert in Khmer and Indian antiquities was a dealer in Cambodian art in the 1970s and last year was accused of smuggling and creating false provenances for antiquities

India asks Ashmolean Museum to return 15th-century bronze idol believed stolen from temple

Independent scholar uncovers questionable provenance for the sculpture that the Oxford institution bought from Sotheby's in 1967

Delhi police shut down protest-inspired work at India Art Fair

The work, which was painted live at the event, featured Urdu calligraphy and images of women in hijabs

Largest collection of contemporary Indian art heads to Moscow

Several Indian private museums are lending works for an exhibition due to open at the State Tretyakov Gallery

Mumbai Gallery Weekend and India Art Fair go on despite continuing protests

Dealers and fair organisers advocate for "freedom of expression" though many worry dissent could prompt retaliation from the government

#metoonews

'Whistleblower' in Subodh Gupta #MeToo defamation case makes first statement in Delhi court

The Instagram account @herdsceneand is being sued for posting sexual harassment allegations against the artist

South Asian group show brings post-partition politics to Cambridge

Exhibition at Kettle’s Yard brings together 11 artists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to explore issues of borders and migration

Thoroughly Modern Maharaja: how an Indian prince amassed one of the world’s greatest interwar design collections

Paris exhibition includes furniture by Eileen Gray, sculptures by Constantin Brancusi and photographs by Man Ray

MCH Group sells India Art Fair to Angus Montgomery Arts

Swiss-based owner of Art Basel sells majority stake in Delhi event as part of wider withdrawal from regional art fairs programme

Kashmir lockdown traps artists headed for Kochi residency

Two students from the University of Kashmir are unable to leave the state following government imposed restrictions on movement and communication

Indianews

David Adjaye chosen to design 'game-changing' contemporary art museum in India

Planned Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi will open up 6,000-strong collection to the public

'Shameful scar': Centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre marked in New Delhi exhibition

Show exploring the fateful event that saw hundreds of people killed by British soldiers aims to commemorate "forgotten martyrs"

India announces artist line-up of Gandhi-themed exhibition at Venice Biennale

Contemporary re-assessments of the independence leader's legacy are unlikely to be addressed by participating artists

Kabir Jhala. with additional reporting by Anna Brady

Lush historic gardens bloom once more in Agra, India

The World Monuments Fund announces the completion of a four-year conservation effort

MCH Group 'indefinitely' committed to India Art Fair despite decision to pull out as majority shareholder

Some fear MCH Group’s decision to sell could be a blow to country’s art market

#metoonews

Riyas Komu, co-founder of Kerala's Kochi-Muziris Biennale, steps down after #MeToo allegations

Accusations were posted on an Instagram account that claims to uncover abuses of power in the Indian art world

Looted artinterview

Meet the amateur art sleuth who is helping India recover its stolen antiques

Shipping company executive S. Vijay Kumar was responsible for recovering a Buddha stolen from India 57 years ago among many other looted works

Art historyinterview

Reliving the dawn of Modernism in India

An art historian explores the importance of the pathbreaking Progressive Artists’ Group, the focus of an exhibition opening at Asia Society

Demolish or restore discoloured Taj Mahal, India's Supreme Court tells government

White marble monument, a Unesco World Heritage site, is turning yellow due to pollution and insect dung

Unesconews

Mumbai’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco business district declared a Unesco World Heritage Site

British-era buildings in historic Fort area nominated by “several citizens’ groups”

Indianews

Indian supreme court verdict could spark new wave of sectarian riots between Hindus and Muslims

Leader of powerful Hindu organisation has threatened nationwide protests if long-awaited ruling "goes against Hindus' faith"

Sotheby's backs Indian art market by launching sales in Mumbai

Announcement comes days after auction house reinstates buyer's premium in online sales

Art Basel in Hong Kong welcomes more mainland galleries

Dealers from across Asia are ramping up their presence, and around half of the projects in the Kabinett sector are by Asian artists

India Art Fair returns to its roots

New director Jagdip Jagpal pledges to maintain at least 70% Indian galleries at fiercely individual Delhi fair, where quality is rising but still patchy

India’s art market grows, despite demonetisation

Subcontinent’s art scene expands with the help of private money as government cleans up the economy and simplifies tax

British Museum sends treasures to Mumbai for grand exhibition of Indian history

Encyclopaedic show was inspired by former director Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects

Newsarchive

Anish Kapoor speaks out on Indian elections

The artist has condemned Narendra Modi, widely expected to be India's next prime minister

Tatearchive

Tate spreads acquisition net to India and Russia

The museum is committed to diversifying their collection

Tatearchive

Tate to launch two new acquisitions committees

The globalisation of Tate's collection continues

Indiaarchive

India's Devi Art Foundation debuts show exploring political unrest in Iran

More than 50 artists included are part of Anupam Poddar's collection

Art marketarchive

Trends in collecting: Are domestic collectors ready to take on the world?

While the Russians are branching out, Indian collectors don't stray far from home

Booksarchive

Books: Material culture and medieval "Hindu-Muslim" encounter

Objects of translation and the cultural interactions of Muslims and Hindus in the late 12th and early 13th centuries

The luxuries of a vanished world of Maharajas are explored through over 250 objects at the V&A

Next month the V&A in London presents 'Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts'

Indiaarchive

Plans for Kolkata Museum of Modern Art: India's answer to Tate Modern?

A major new museum to be built in eastern India is being largely supported by commercial galleries and corporate collections

Devi Art Foundation is India’s first private museum of contemporary art

Anupam Poddar and his mother Lekha have assembled a collection of over 7,000 works of art

Collectorsarchive

Seven of the most prolific Indian art collectors

Four based in India, one New York Indian, one US couple and one Japanese buyer

Taj Mahalarchive

Muslims lay claim to Taj Mahal

A Muslim trust in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, has claimed ownership of the monument

Cambodiaarchive

India pledges support for Angkor Wat restoration

12th-century temple at risk from encroaching tropical forests

The adventures of Hamza: Mughal art the V&A

An exhibition of rare Mughal paintings, ten years in the making

The Archaeological Survey of India pledges to restore Ta Prohm temples

There are concerns about how the restoration will affect the natural environment

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