Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy Shivaratri

Woman worshipping Lord Shiva.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Prince Dara Shikoh

Dara Shikoh was the eldest son of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Shah Jahan named Dara heir to the vast Mughal Empire, but his younger brother Aurangzeb, usurped the throne and had Dara assassinated.
Dara Shikoh was a liberal, cultured and spiritual prince, a follower of Sufi saints and a friend of one of the Sikh gurus. He sought to link the two oceans of spirituality: Hinduism and Islam. The conservative Aurangzeb declared him an apostate, and went on to demolish some of the most sacred Hindu temples in India, and to force conversions to Islam.
It is often speculated as to how the history of India would have been very different had Dara Shikoh prevailed over Aurangzeb.

Incidentally Dara was considered a talented painter.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Diwali

Gajalakshmi, Painting by Graham Brown

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Exhibition on Yoga

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

Opens October 19
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC.
"Yoga is a global phenomenon practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight and better health. Few, however, are aware of yoga's dynamic history. Opening this fall at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the world's first exhibition of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts, and court paintings created in India over 2,000 years—as well as early modern photographs, books, and films—reveal yoga's mysteries and illuminate its profound meanings."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Devi Enthroned

Devi Enthroned (detail) Mandi

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Husaini Arts

Posted by kind permission of Husaini Arts, Fine Islamic and indian Art.
For information on these works, and to see more, visit their website:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Nainsukh (18th century) is probably the best known of Pahari painters. His work is characterised by simplicity, robust design, and naturalism.
The biographical film, Nainsukh (2010), directed by Amit Dutta, explores his life and work.

A Scene from the film, recreating one of Nainsukh's paintings:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sikh Miniatures

Guru Nanak meets Nath Siddhas

Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjabi, c 1840

Monday, June 10, 2013


Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, was a famous sufi saint of the Chisti order. He lived near Delhi. Nizamuddin stressed love as a means of realising God.

Monday, June 3, 2013

From a Bonham's Auction

1.Farrukhabad, A prince and his mistress.
2 & 3. Sri Krishna riding on Garuda, Harivamsa.
4 & 5. Holy men of the Sri Nath-ji sect.

Thursday, April 25, 2013