Best Indian Paintings Part 2

Tamil artist S.Elayaraja deserves a very special mention. His paintings depict women in rural South India. The paintings are extremely realistic and I especially love how the silk sarees glistens in the sunlight.









Do check his website out.



Pranay Manocha

Pranay ManochaProgrammer Dude. Contrarian.

In my view, one of the most evocative paintings by an Indian artist is ‘Shakuntala’ by Raja Ravi Varma. Shakuntala is a character from the Mahabharata. She is the wife of King Dushyanta and the mother of Emperor Bharata.

I love this painting because besides being a beautiful image with great colours and tones, it represents the height of classical Indian literature (Kalidasa’s famous play Abhigyan Shakuntalam), while depicting the mother of the Emperor that India is named after (Bharat).

It also represents love and longing. Shakuntala is pretending to remove a thorn from her foot while obviously searching for her lover Dushyanta.

The women are dressed in traditional, but revealing attire and appear comfortable. An old man is walking in the background, suggesting such scenes were not out of the ordinary.

There are so many levels of beauty in this painting. I can admire it for hours.

This painting is now at the Government Museum Chennai.

“Shakuntala Looking Back to Glimpse Dushyanta”. Scene from Kalidasa’s The Recognition of Shakuntala as painted by Raja Ravi Varma. Credit: Wikipedia

This  was a gift to  JRD Tata on his Birthday by a street artist.. Nobody was  able to understand his art. Unfortunately, only the painting was given  to JRD and the artist had promised to reveal the secret shortly However,  JRD was no more when the secret was actually revealed. 


Here’s  the secret revealed. When you place a steel rod at the circle in the  first pic you saw, you will see the image of the JRD Tata as a  reflection on the steel rod as seen in the second pic below. Isn’t it  incredible!!



Source :  JRD Tata’s Anamorphic Portrait

Makarand Sahasrabuddhe

Makarand SahasrabuddheBorn Indian. Not changed.

There are probably many very good paintings. The one that has stuck in my mind years after I saw it first is S L Haldankar’s “Glow of Hope


It is exhibited at the The Jaychama Rajendra art gallery in the Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore, Karnataka. India.

Madhur Garg

Madhur GargDon’t ask me about politics!!

Artist Re-Imagines Scenes From The Mahabharata As A Techno Fantasy And The Result Is Stunning


What do you get when you take the greatest Indian epic Mahabharata and paint it fresh in cyber-punk style? The answer is 18 Days.Scottish playwright, Grant Morrison’s 18 Days is a dynamic rendering of the final climactic confrontation in the Mahabharata. Presented in a graphic format with illustrations by Mukesh Singh and the script by Grant Morrison, this is an interesting new take on the ancient Indian Epic.


Here’s some of the artwork from 18 Dayscreated by Mukesh Singh, an illustrator and Sir J.J. School of Arts alumni. 

  • 18 Days cover
    Just like in the actual story, Arjun is in the middle of all the action.


  • Karna Sketch
    Arjun’s arch-rival and the tragic hero of theMahabharata, seen here adorning his divine armour.


  • Battle Pandavas
    Yes, you’re looking at battle-ready Pandavas and spaceships in the same picture. No points for guessing which one’s Bheem.


  • Battle Kauravas
    Nope, Pandavas aren’t the only one with aerial fire-power. And yes, that’s a crimson Duryodhan leading the army.


  • Karna vs Ghatotkach
    Bheem’s son has never looked this badass.


  • Draupadi
    The “fire-born” daughter of Drupada.


  • Bheem Juggernaut
    The strongest Pandava charging at us. We’re happy this is just artwork.


  • Duryodhan Response
    Bheem’s arch-enemy waiting for the final battle. Just look at that warhammer.


  • Convincing the Hero
    When Krishna turned the tide by killing Arjun’s doubts.


  • Karna Refuses
    The tragic anti-hero, ever so loyal and proud.


  • Arjun Invokes War-Goddess
    Forget everything else – just check out the amazing play with colours here.


  • Pitamaha Blesses
    One of many moments from theMahabharata where you see why it’s the best epic ever.


  • Abhimanyu Slaughter
    Kind of overwhelmed by how beautifully the artist captured the tragedy here.


  • Battle Krishna
    For those who don’t know theMahabharata, yes, the Pandavas had a God on their side.


  • Krishna
    Who was in many ways, the game-changer.


  • Duryodhan Warmonger
    Like we said earlier, this is a re-imagining of the epic. Hence, armored dinosaurs.


  • Pandava Conch
    To signal ‘game on’


  • Oracle
    Just check out the level of detailing that went into this piece.


  • Kaurav Blitzkreig
    This is a world where arrows and laser-beams exist next to each other.


  • The Hero Convinced
    No more doubts.


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