In March, 2021 Emami Art under the collaborative programming EA Co-labs, hosted the book launch of Dr. Aparna Roy Baliga’s new book – ‘Transcending the Glass Case: The women Artists of early 20th.c Bengal and the Gendered Indigenous modernism’ shedding light on women in art movements of India and their contributions made towards the indigenous modernism. We had the honour of launching this book by Dr. Baliga in the presence of dignitaries like Dr. Ratnaboli Chaterjee and Ms. Richa Agarwal – the CEO of Emami Art.

Dr. Aparna Roy Baliga is an art historian, translator and curator. She presently teaches in the department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Dr. Baliga also teaches in design institutes and frequently writes sharing her thoughts on contemporary Indian art. She has graduated in History of Art from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan and did her Postgraduate and doctoral studies in Art history and Aesthetics from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Dr. Aparna Roy Baliga holds a keen interest in the fields of Gender and Sexuality, Indian Aesthetics, Contemporary art practices and design histories. Through her book – ‘Transcending the Glass Case: The women Artists of early 20th.c Bengal and the Gendered Indigenous modernism’ she tried to present her study on the women artists in particular, during the 20th century Bengal.

During the colonial period, Bengal was the epicenter of all the major groundbreaking movements that helped in shaping the modern day India. Art, literature, poetry flowed out like the Ganges from the Gangotri. One can never talk about Indian Art History without mentioning Bengal and the amazing artists that have come from there.

In this context, it is very necessary to appreciate the female interventions made in the Indian Art scene too, and identify the shift of women from the object of desire and ridicule to that of the professional and well informed women artists who participated in the major anticolonial movements and contributed towards the “Swadeshi Art Movement.” Dr. Baliga through her book very brilliantly highlighted this shift and brought to attention many such issues. In the writing, she discourses that many Indian art history literature fails to identify.

Emami Art in future too intends to bring subjects like these in focus through our art related initiatives and collaborations. Make sure to follow us on our Facebook and Instagram to never miss any interesting events.

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