Many schools feature “artists of the month” or at least teach about certain artists.  My kids learn about Picasso and Monet and this month it’s Van Gogh (you can only image the onslaught of questions about the ear thing…).  But no, never any “ethnic” artists – schools mainly seem to focus on the West when it comes to art education.

So, as with all matters of “cultural education,” I’m forced to homeschool if I want my kids exposed to Indian art.  I’m starting with Jamini Roy – one of my absolute favourites – I think because he blends traditional Bengali folk art with contemporary strokes.

My plan is to poke around the web and compile images and backgound information about Roy and staple together a little DIY mini-book for the kids.

Jamini Roy is an amazing artist.  You can learn more about him (and see a slideshow of his art) on India’s National Gallery of Modern Art’s website.  See also here (for more interesting personal acedotes) and here
(for a book on Roy).

images via Google images


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6 Responses to “The Art of Jamini Roy”

  1. Meera Says:

    I know what you mean. Check these out –; my kids love them, and I’m happy they are learning about other artists as well. There is the Jamimi Roy one. Others we read are Ravi Varma and Husain.

  2. Karen D. Says:

    If you do pull up other artists, can you please post it? I am forwarding this to our school’s art instructors and would love to have a broader list of Indian artists (and my personal knowledge is incredibly limited!)

    Thanks so much!

  3. Aruna Says:

    Thanks for the links to the Tulika books, Meera.
    Karen – super that you are getting in touch with your school about this. Growing up in the US, I can’t remember being exposed to a single “non-western/european” artist. With respect to Indian art, there are so many traditional folks styles that have a rich tradition and it seems the styles are given more importance than the artists themselves, but if I had to name other must-know Indian artists, here they are:

    1- Raja Ravi Varma
    2- Rabindranath Tagore (the Chicago Art Museum currently has an exhibit on him).
    3- M.F. Hussain (I think he’s dubbed the “Picasso of India”)

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