|| Contemporary Indian Art ||


A rich collection of contemporary Art is a highlight of this Museum as well. Late Dr. M.S. Randhawa initiated the collection after a few notable examples of art of this category were received from the Lahore Museum. Thus the Museum possesses some rare art pieces of Indian contemporary Art. Late Dr. Randhawa collected even a few representative paintings done by the Russian Painter Nicholas Roerich who had settled in India and made some beautiful paintings of the Himalayas.

Of the other major painters whose works adorn the collection of this Museum are (in alphabetical order): A Ramachandran, Abanindranath Tagore, Akbar Padamsee, Amrita Sher Gil, Anis Farooqui, Anjolie Ela Menon, Arpana Caur, Arpita Singh, Arup Das, Ashiwani Kumar Verma, Avinash Chandra, B. Prabha, B.C. Sanyal, Baldev Raj Rattan, Bhavani Katoch, Bhupen Khakhar, Bimal Dasgupta, Biren De, Bireshwar Sen, Brahm Prakash, Damyanti Chowla, Dinesh Gaur, F.N. Souza, G.R. Santosh, Gaganendranath Tagore, Ganesh Pyne, Gulam Mohammad Sheikh, J. Sultan Ali, J. Swaminathan, Jamini Roy, Jatin Das, Jatin Gandhi, Jaya Appasami, Jogen Chowdhury, K.K. Hebbar, K.S. Kulkarni, Kamudi Prajapati, Krishen Khanna, Laxman Pai, M.F. Husain, Manjit Bawa, Manishi De, Manu Parekh, Nandalal Bose, Nicholas Roerich, Nikhal Biswas, Paritosh Sen, R.N. Pasricha, Rabindranath Tagore, Raj Jain, Rakesh Bani, Roop Chand, S.G. Thakar Singh, Sailoz Mokherjea, Sandeep Singh, Sarada Ukil, Satish Gujral, Sakti Burman, Shanti Dave, Sobha Singh, Sohan Qadri, Sunirmal Chatterjee, Surya Prakash, Sushil Sarkar, Tyeb Mehta, Bikas Bhattacharjee, Vivan Sundaram and many others. These works are in the forms of oil paintings, water colour paintings, drawings both black and white and in colour.

The richness of the graphics section should also deserve mention. The works of this category in this museum are from the following major artists (alphabetically arranged) :Amitabha Banerjee, Anupam Sud, Dhruv Mistri, Gogi Sarojpal, Jagmohan Chopra, Jai Zharotia, Kavita Nayar, Krishna Reddy, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Lalitha Lazmi, Sanat Kar, Tejinder Kanda and many others.

The sculptural collection of the contemporary art in the Museum is also quite rich. The major sculptors whose works are preserved here are (in alphabetical order): Amarnath Sehgal, Avtar Singh Dhanjal, B.C. Sanyal, B.M. Chug, Balbir Singh Katt, Chintamoni Kar, Dhanraj Bhagat, H.G. Jhamb, J.L. Ahuja, M. Dharmani, Pradosh Dasgupta, Ram Kinkar, S.L. Prasher, Sankho Chaudhuri, Shiv Singh. Almost all major media are represented through these works.