Famous Indian Artists & Painters

India with its rich heritage in arts and culture has produced a multitude of distinguished artists and painters. Starting from the pre-historic times, Indian painters have played a major role in shaping the cultural development of the country. Indian paintings historically revolved around the religious deities and mythology, as can be seen from large frescoes of Ajanta to the intricate Mughal miniature paintings. Several schools of art flourished in India, and the Bengal School of art which flourished in India during the British Raj in the early 20th century was promoted by artists such as Raja Ravi Varma and Abanindranath Tagore. Other prominent painters influenced by the school were Nandalal Bose, M.A.R Chughtai, Sunayani Devi, Manishi Dey, and Mukul Dey. The spreading of Modernist ideas led to the emergence of distinguished painters like Amrita Sher-Gil whose work was declared as art treasures by The Archaeological Survey of India. While some Indian painters were inspired by Western art, others like Jamini Roy, drew inspiration from folk art. Eminent artists like K. H. Ara, S. K. Bakre, H. A. Gade, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza and F. N. Souza revitalized Indian art in the post-independence era while Anjolie Ela Menon, Baiju Parthan, and Devajyoti Ray are popular contemporary painters. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous Indian painters.

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 1 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day Kolkata, West Bengal, India)
Died: August 7, 1941

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath who contributed greatly to the fields of literature, art, and philosophy. Referred to as the Bard of Bengal, Tagore is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and music. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is also credited with composing the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

 2 Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray.
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Painter
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: November 17, 2012

Legendary Indian politician Bal Thackeray, or Balasaheb Thackeray, was the patriarch of one of the most influential political families of India and the founder of the Shiv Sena. He went from being a cartoonist to the godfather of Maharashtra, though his overtly regional and Hindu nationalist ideals were often criticized.

 3 Raja Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 29, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kilimanoor
Died: October 5, 1906

 4 M. F. Husain

M. F. Husain.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pandharpur
Died: June 9, 2011
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 5 Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil.
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: January 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 5, 1941

 6 R.K. Laxman

R.K. Laxman
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: October 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mysore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Died: January 26, 2015

 7 Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik
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Famous As: Mythographer
Birthdate: December 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Indian mythologist and author Devdutt Pattanaik has redefined the genres of Indian folklore, legends and myths by retelling ancient tales through his books. A qualified physician, he later studied comparative mythology and penned bestsellers such as My Gita. His shows, such as Business Sutra and Devlok, have been hits, too.

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 8 Jamini Roy

Jamini Roy.
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bankura, West Bengal, India
Died: April 24, 1972

 9 Nek Chand

Nek Chand
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shakargarh Tehsil, Pakistan
Died: June 12, 2015

 10 Tyeb Mehta

Tyeb Mehta.
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: July 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kapadvanj, Gujarat, India
Died: July 2, 2009

 11 Ustad Mansur

Ustad Mansur
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1590 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 1624 AD

 12 Vasudeo S. Gaitonde

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Nagpur, India
Died: August 10, 2001

 13 Anjolie Ela Menon

Anjolie Ela Menon
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burnpur, Asansol

 14 F.N. Souza

F.N. Souza
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Goa, India
Died: March 28, 2002

 15 Ganesh Pyne

Ganesh Pyne
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: March 12, 2013

 16 Basawan

Basawan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India

 17 Manohar Das

Manohar Das
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 18 B. C. Sanyal

B. C. Sanyal
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dhubri, India
Died: August 9, 2003

 19 Abu'l-Hasan

Abu'l-Hasan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1589 AD
Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan
Died: 1630 AD

 20 Sahibdin

Sahibdin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 21 Govardhan

Govardhan
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 1640 AD

 22 Farrukh Beg

Farrukh Beg
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Famous As: Mughal painter
Birthdate: 1545 AD
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 1615 AD

 23 Daswanth

Daswanth
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1584 AD

 24 Bishandas

Bishandas
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 25 Bichitr

Bichitr
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 26 Daulat

Daulat
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: UNKNOWN
Died: 1699 AD

 27 Svetoslav Roerich

Svetoslav Roerich
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 23, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 30, 1993

 28 Bishnu Prasad Rabha

Bishnu Prasad Rabha
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Famous As: Politician, Writer
Birthdate: January 31, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Died: June 20, 1969

 29 Kelly Dorji

Kelly Dorji
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: January 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan