Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has
recently acquired rare photographic collection of Prof. Jyoti Bhatt along
with his Artworks, Publications on Art, Primary Documents (Diaries, Letters,
Manuscripts & Essays, Etching Press Drawings), Photographs of Living
Traditions and Artist Community etc., in digital form.
Prof. Bhatt, an esteemed painter, acclaimed photographer,
graphic artist and art pedagogue is a leading figure in the contemporary art
movement centered around the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. This collection
is the extensive and comprehensive documentation and survey of the many
living traditions, confined in various regional pockets in different parts
of the country. It includes rural and urban areas in Gujarat, Rajasthan,
Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Andaman and Nicobar
islands. Traditions such as sanjhi, rangoli, pottery, wall and floor
paintings, performative practices etc. are some of the consistent themes of
Out of over 40,000 digital images, the IGNCA team
digitized 32,647 photo-negatives in last six months and the rest has been
received from Prof. Bhatt, digitized under AAA (Asian Art Archives) project.
This collection will be useful for the researchers in the filed of Life
style study, Anthropology, Sociology, Photography, Indian art, Visual art
An exhibition of selected images from this collection is
expected early next year, which will be curated under the overall
supervision and guidance of Prof. Bhatt.