In any discussion of the life and work of Indian artist Y. G. Srimati (1926-2007), there’s a likelihood that her time as a singer of devotional songs for Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi will be mentioned.
This happened when she was a teenager and is indeed worth mentioning, her art itself is remarkable, particularly because, in addition to the masterful execution that typifies it, it embodied the sentiments and thoughts that pervaded the Indian atmosphere at the time.
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In an ongoing exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum titled “An Artist of Her Time,“, 25 of the works of Srimati are shown to commemorate both the artist and the movement she was part of.
“It is an exhibition which is really intended as a small historical corrective to re-establish the position of an artist who had really got forgotten,” says John Guy, curator of the exhibition which had a gestation period of six to seven years. “People are now taking a serious interest not only in the cutting edge of Indian contemporary art, but also in where it came from and what was happening in India at that critical moment of transition to independence.”
“An Artist of Her Time” opened in December and will run until June 18.