A long long time ago, in the early weeks of 1991, was held what may very well forever be recorded as the very first major exhibition of Computer-Based Art to ever be held in all of India.|
This was the brainchild of Abhay Mangaldas and Sonal Jhaveri, who persuaded several well-known Indian artists of the time to visit Mangaldas' commercial studio in Bombay (Prism Graphics) over a period of 30 months, to develop artworks for the show with Jhaveri's assistance on a Mac.
Two years later, in February 1993, the exhibition travelled to New Delhi, with little change, where it was spread over the entire east-wing of the NGMA, on the ground floor, with the first gallery exclusively taken up for display of the scanner, computer and large-format inkjet system that was used to produce the works.
The following texts, images and information (except for "footnote") are adapted
from the original 1993 catalog:
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART|
in conjunction with BRAHMA presents
'STATE OF THE ART'
An exhibition of computer-aided mixed-media paintings on canvas by
M.F. HUSAIN · S.H. RAZA · AKBAR PADAMSEE · PRABHAKAR BARWE · LAXMAN SHRESTHA · MANU PAREKH · MANJIT BAWA · NAVJOT ALTAF · ATUL DODIYA
footnote (added by The IDEA) "Nine well known artists... M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, Navjot Altaf, Atul Dodiya, Akbar Padamsee, Manjit Bawa, Laxman Shrestha, Prabhakar Barwe and Manu Parekh were invited to 'paint' (with their interactive mediation) in an art studio equipped with computers over a course of 30 months. They joined art-critic Kamla Kapoor in an informal discussion. The following excerpts from the conversation incorporate the artists' viewpoints and experiences, while the questions and assessments become self evident in the process."