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69 artists brilliantly showcase Indian historical landmarks on the map

Indianama is an art exhibition that charts the story of India through art — paintings, graphic novels and installations — created within a map of India.

On the 69th anniversary of India's Independence, Indianama, an art-exhibition in Delhi, presents the story of India through art — paintings, graphic novels and installations — created within a map of the nation. As one of the artists, Aparijita Chowdhury puts it, "the moment was the harbinger of hope and happiness in the country as it did bring the most awaited news, leaving India an independent country. But the consequent Partition manifested seeds of hatred, war and darkness, deep within hearts and minds,” Independence in 1947 marked the beginning of the story of India, as showcased by 69 artists through their works, each representing a year of Independent India, from 1947 to 2015. The display is not a complete history of India, but a narrative that attempts to document its important landmarks.
The exhibition is on at Kona, 1, Jor Bagh Market, Delhi, till August 18. Click through to see 15 such interpretations by the Indianama artists. (Source: Sadhna Prasad)

"Sanjay Gandhi was touted as the great dictator of India. A man of two sides, with people divided in opinion whether to love him or hate him. I want to portray that dilemma against a backdrop of the India that could be, had he survived the crash on June 23, 1980." (Source: Kunel Gaur)

"One of the most Iconic Indian cars the "Ambassador" leaves its factory In Uttarpara near Calcutta after Its assembly. The busy atmosphere of the factory engulfs the cars, buildings and the people while they work. I plan on illustrating a scene from the manufacturing plant with a backdrop of victorian and indian architecture." (Source: Dhruv Chakkamadam)

"In 1966, Sharmila Tagore became the first Indian actress to pose for popular magazine Filmfare's cover in a two piece bikini. Not only did the magazine go viral, but also went on to become a hot topic that was discussed in the Parliament regarding the morality and image of an Indian woman." (Source: Furqan Jawed)

"First study of Homosexuality in India: Shakuntala Devi wrote "The World of Homosexuals", even though the book went unnoticed, it was the first study done on the subject in India by an indian, where she openly supported the decriminalisation of homosexuality." (Source: Shreya Gulati)

"Taj Mahal, one of the masterpieces of world's heritage, declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World initiative. Situated in the Indian city of Agra, it is the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture. It was a moment of national pride when Taj Mahal was elected by more than 100 million votes to represent global heritage throughout history." (Source: Neeti Goldhawk)

"1967 was the birth year of Amar Chitra Katha, India's unique comic-book approach to recasting mythology for children and youth. In an attempt to simplify complex and obscure stories of the ancient past, It spawned off a different kind of cultural movement - it served as ready storyboards for mythological movies and TV serials; even fashion has adopted the inimitable style of certain in-house illustrators; the vibrant graphics created cultural stereotypes like race and gender biases; what docile middle-class Indians swear by even today has its own contribution to popular depiction of dominant classes and violence." (Source: Hari Krishnan)

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The exhibition is on at Kona, 1, Jor Bagh Market, Delhi, till August 18 from 10 am to 6 in the evening. (Source: Rutuja Mali)