Overview for The Living Tradition: Perspectives on Modern Indian Art
'The fulfilment of a modern Indian artist's wish to be a part of a living tradition, i.e. to be individual and innovative, without being an outsider in his own culture, will not come of itself, it calls for concerted effort.' K. G. Subramanyan, the eminent Indian artist , offers a theoretical groundwork for that effort in his critical study of modern Indian art as it has evolved through continuous interaction with several traditions, foreign and indigenous. In the course of his study, he touches on the natural distinctions between India's folk tradition, and on the attempts of several thinkers and artists to identify an Indian artistic tradition or to deny it altogether in a quest for personal expression or universality. A generous selection of illustrations accompanies the text and greatly contributes to the enjoyment and understanding of Subramanyan's discourse.
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.