An Illuminated Word/World: Traditional Indian Paintings, an Online Conversation

Start Date

9th February 2021

End Date

9th February 2021


17 : 00 PM

Audience Type



Vidyavihar - Mumbai


K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies

Event Details

We are pleased to invite you to an online conversation on the different aspects of traditional Indian painting, such as materials and techniques, as well as a focus on the purpose of painting activity in the courtly and religious contexts. While briefly dealing with the aesthetics, we look at ‘school versus style’ in painterly traditions, the concept of ‘space’, ‘sacred and profane’, and also the role of ancient treatises, literary and liturgical sources.

Ms Sonika Soni will be in conversation with Deepthi Sasidharan, art historian and Member, Academic Council, Somaiya Vidyavihar University.

Date and time: Tues, 9th Feb 2021; 5.00 pm

To receive the Zoom link for the discussion, kindly register here

About the Speaker:

Born and trained in a family of traditional painters, Sonika Soni takes a keen interest in researching and mastering traditional techniques and styles. She is an India Foundation for the Arts Grants Awardee and has worked on a number of private and royal art collections.  She graduated with a Masters in Art History from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Vadodara, and a post graduate diploma in Museology and Conservation from CSMVS, Mumbai. Some of her published works include: Gauri Dancers (Mapin India), Painting and Photography at the Jaipur Court (Niyogi Books), and The Indian Portrait-VIII (Archer). She is currently working on the Boston-Bundi-Ragamala folios from the collection of Rietberg Museum, Zurich.