Indian Contemporary Artists

Sarada Ukil

Sarada Ukil, (1888–1940) was an Indian Actor and an artist, known for his role in the movie Prem Sanyas. He was a pioneer of the New Delhi Art Movement between 1920s and 1940s.

He alongside his brothers Barada and Ranada opened the ‘Sarada Ukil School of Art’ in the late 1920s in Delhi. He opposed the modernist aesthetics bought by the colonial powers.

He was inspired by Abanindranath Tagore who believed that western art was materialistic; India needed to return to its own tradition. His famous painting was ‘Last Hours of Shahjahan’.

Abanindranath’s work explored epics, Indian Mythology and it was very soft & tonal, reflection of the same can be seen in Sarada’s work.

Jaya Appaswami

She studied Art at Santiniketan, China Bhavan. Santiniketan was under Rabindranath Tagore, his vision being to make it a University town which now is the Visva-Bharati University .Jaya obtained her master’s from Oberlin College, USA.

Jaya wrote extensively on contemporary and ancient Indian art. She wrote Monographs on Ram Kinkar Baij, Sailoz Mookherjea. Some of her books were survey based. Eg: Indian paintings on glass etc.

She was inspired by Ramkinkar Baij who was an Indian Sculptor, painter. He believed in Contextual Modernism.

Contextual Modernism: — Consciously challenging the idea of modernism and to create context sensitive modernism.

Ramkinkar worked studied and worked on human figures and body language. He worked with Modern Western, pre and post classical Indian Art were his references.

Jaya was a founder member of Shilpi Chakra. It was a group of artists who came together on basis of their professional interests and needs, with the aim of achieving self reliance, not being controlled by a set of non professionals.

It symbolized aspirations of young progressive artists. Their motto was ‘Art Illuminates Life’.

She was also the secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi. It is India’s national academy of Fine Arts. An autonomous organization, established at New Delhi in 1954 by Government of India to promote and propagate understanding of Indian Art.

Paramjit Singh

He belonged to Amritsar, Punjab. Later he moved to Delhi. He did his Diploma from Delhi Polytechnic in Fine Arts. He studied printmaking from Atelier Nord in Norway.

Many of his works were displayed at Atelier Nord, Oslo.

Paramjit’s work was in Continuum or very series based. His work was Realist, Representational.


Subject represented truthfully without artistic artificiality.


Clearly recognizable and made according to purpose.

Initially Paramjit’s work was very Esoteric in nature later he shifted to lush Indian


“The artist’s paintings create a continuum or series, evading the risk of self duplication. Working both in the realist and the representational style. Singh’s canvases are gentle explorations of the possibilities that lie beyond the urban world that surround us”, says for Paramjit Singh.

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