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History of Erotic Indian Art

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The body is the most beautiful canvas of expression. Nudity in itself is not sexual, but rather, it is sensual. Sensuality is a state of mind that walks hand in hand with spirituality which shows through the purity with which it is portrayed on canvas with dignity. Eroticism is defined as the fact of expressing or describing sexual feelings and desire, especially in Indian Art and Literature.

Eroticism had been existing in Indian art and sculptures since time immemorial. Temples of Khajuraho, Konark, and numerous other temples have walls and pillars covered with small works of Indian art showing men and women engaged in sexual acts.

However in painting erotica mainly appeared much later in a large scale after 1200, when miniatures became predominant art form for the royalty. Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures and other paintings showed often couples in erotic acts. This was also the time when illustrations from Kamasutra literature started appearing.

Early moderns in India as well as Raja Ravi Vermaand  Hemen Majumdar had however shown preference for subtle eroticism as was accepted by the society of their times. Eroticism was considered a subject of low art during this time. Thus while there appeared many erotic Kalighat Pats, most BengalSchool artists remained aloof.

It is only after independence, that FN Souza and later Bhupen Kakar took eroticism as one of the main subject matter in Indian art. While Souza’s works were all about crassness in sexual unions, Bhupen Khakar introduced concepts of homosexuality into art in the Magic Realist style. Another form of eroticism can be seen in the works of Laxma Goud who presented these ideas subtly in his depiction of rural folk.

The post liberalization era saw a lot of socio-legal changes in Indian society, while the society became more liberal, the acts of law that banned homosexuality were challenged. The Indian films became bolder, nudity became more accepted. This has encouraged artists to experiment with newer forms of Indian art bordering on the subject of erotic.

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Written by Breathe Arts

January 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

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