Overview for The Creative Circuit
The series of five lectures revolves around certain issues relating to modern art, particularly modern Indian art. The attempt is to open up the issues and see them in a broader perspective, hoping that any discussion this may elicit will enlarge our understanding of the modern art situationâ€”such as modernity, eclecticism, nostalgiaâ€”which have entered our vocabulary, and which lends themselves to reinterpretation today. Some of the questions addressed are as follows: What concept does a modern artist or critic have of current art activity? How does a modern artist react to his environment and cultural inheritance? Under what perceptions or illusions or emotional urges does he work? And what general norms of achievement can we think of in the highly heterogeneous art scene of today? K. G. Subramanyan draws upon his considerable experience as a practising artist and theoritician to present a series of probing discussions which engage with contemporary art concerns from a modern Indian perspective. The Living Tradition: K. G. Subramanyan studies the attempts of several thinkers and artists in the last centuryâ€”including Havell, Coomaraswamy, Okakura, Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and Rabindranath Tagoreâ€”to identify, interpret or steer clear of an Indian artistic tradition, to show how some of them had defined a growth structure of several levels of activity interacting with each other at one time, as well as a variable succession of these over time.
K.G. Subramanyan (Author)
Born 1924, in Kerala, K.G. Subramanyan, a reputed painter, muralist and scholar, he took his education at the Presidency College, Madras, and at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. Widelytravelled, Prof. Subramanyan has exhibited in India and abroad and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards such as Bombay Art Society Award (1957 & 1959), Honourable mention at Sao Paulo (1961), National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi (1965) Subramanyan also received Gold Medal at the First Triennale India. In 1975, Government of India conferred Padma Shri on K.G. Subramanyan for his contribution to Indian Art. In 1981, Subramanyan was honoured with â€˜Kalidas Sammanâ€™ and in 1985, Lalit Kala Akademi elected him as Fellow of the Akademi. In 1991, Visva Bharati decorated him with Aban Gagan Puraskar. In 1992, he received D. Litt. Honoris Casua from Rabindra Bharati University Calcutta and in 1997 from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. In 2001, Government of Kerala, honoured him with Manaviyam Ravi Varma Award. Lalit Kala Akademi in their Golden Jubilee celebrations, 2005, conferred him with the Kala Ratna. In January 2006 he has received the Padma Bhushan.