The final call
The eleven-week show, The Body in Indian Art has entered into its last week and is slated to conclude on 7 June. The exhibition has broken quite a few conventions and notions in the field of museology besides having lent a novel perspective to the way the body has been depicted in India over the millennia.
Curated by art historian Naman P Ahuja, the show has pooled in 365 objects in total from 44 museums, private collectors and artistes themselves, making it the longest-ever line-up of exhibitors at an Indian show in any museum.
Displayed at the exhibition are a few tiny Harappan figures, a monumental Naga Deva, an 8th-century Uma-Maheshvara and a marble tomb of a Mughal lady among others which are being shown for the first time as part of the exhibition.
Neil MacGregor, director of the british Museum said, ‘The age-old inclusiveness of Indian culture is second to none globally and a landmark exhibition currently on in the country’s capital mirrors its range and depth.
‘It is a broad spectrum of aesthetics in the representation of the human body, exemplifies the harmonious coexistence of religions in the subcontinent over the past four millennia’, he added.
The show has a lot more to offer. If you have not been there yet, it’s the time to head on.