Speaking about the history through art was Dr.Alka Pande in the light of her book Body Sutra. Dr. Kavitha Balakrishnan who was in conversation with Dr.Pande discussed about the significance of human body as a constant in the art forms of India.
She said that when examining art, especially paintings and sculptures, we cannot ignore the inclusion of human body as a central theme in them. The book starts with the image The Dancing Girl of Mohenjodaro and travels through the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary art works of India. She has also included photographs as a contemporary art form for research.
The talk cited the contributions of artists like Raja Ravi Varma, MF Hussain, Kanchan Chander, Arpita Singh to the Indian art culture. Dr Kavitha added that Indian sculptors and artists have always contributed their own styles and techniques into the art and have made improvisations in their field of art. Talking about the connection of spirituality with art she quoted that "spirituality is connecting austerity with sensuality."
The session was a feast for those who aspires to learn and understand Indian art. The session ended with an interactive session with the audience.