Title Dhwanibimb
Accession Number acc-no-02761
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist J.Swaminathan
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1/4 1928 - 1994 1/2
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1973
Dimensions 124 x 124 cm
Brief Description He did not believe in any theory of communication. He seriously questioned the notion that modernism, in India emanated from its encounter with the West. For him there was a much more open ended and integrated continuum of modernism existing in India. It was from that Indian modernism that Swaminathan drew his zeal for redefining the contemporary to include the so called folk and tribal with the urban and to override the hiatus between arts and crafts. "It is not nationalism that is urging me to paint in this manner, it is not modernism. In my career I have been picking up elements from the Pahari miniatures which are a contemporary as anything else which is contemporary. The real struggle of the artist therefore lies in unlearning tradition."