Iconic Artists Who Have Celebrated An Enigma Called India

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The best artists turn places into poetry. They paint small towns into dreams and translate the mundane city murmur into a singsong. When you travel across India, it is impossible to leave unnoticed the blessed touch of these artists in various town and cities of India. Here's a list of some of the best artists in India who tell you all about this wondrous country through their art. 

1. Mario Miranda, celebrating Goa through colours

Mario De Miranda was a cartoonist and painter based in Goa. The artist is best known for the vignettes of Goan life. His illustrations, in Inside Goa by Manohar Malgonkar and A family in Goa, are literally a virtual guide to Goa taking us on a journey through the eyes of a local man. 

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His art lives in the famous Cafe Mondegar in Mumbai, where the colors on the walls illustrate beautifully the celebration of diversity that India is. 

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2. RK Laxman, creator of the common man

Do you wish to know India better? RK Laxman can definitely tell you what contemporary Indianness is all about. His famous Common Man character started to appear in popular newspapers and became a voice of criticism against Indian bureaucracy. His works touch every Indian's heart and the 10ft high statue of The Common Man in Symbiosis Institute, Pune is indicative of that.

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3. RK Narayan, the Malgudi man

Narayan's books Malgudi Days, Swami and Friends and the Vendor of Sweets were loved when translated for Indian screen. The life of Swami, a ten year old boy, in the village of Malgudi is the finest portrayal of India post-independence through the eyes of a child. 

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The series was shot for small screen in the village of Agumbe, Shimoga district Karnataka. The slow paced life and the serenity of this untouched village is still symbolic of the India of past years.

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4. Amir Khusro, a poet in paradise

Amir Khusro's words have been reiterated over centuries to express the overwhelming beauty of Kashmir. Introducing the Persian and Arabic elements to the Indian Classical music, Khusro the sufi musician made a deep impact on the how the culture of the subcontinent progressed as a melting pot of beliefs and traditions.

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5. Ruskin Bond, the voice of the hills

The autobiographical accounts of the writer's journey as a child during the British ruled India to his story has a young boy are often heart-warming. Living in the serene town of Mussoorie, his stories are insightful tales of life in India and his affinity to the hill-town constantly weaving magic around him.

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Every corner of the beautiful Landour has been translated into a beautiful story by Ruskin Bond and the pretty little town cannot ask for more.

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6. Javed Akhtar, the Jadoo of Lucknow

Its is the magic of Javed Akhtar's words has made him an iconic figure in Indian poetry. He spent his early life in Lucknow where he used the pen name of 'Jadoo' which truly gives us a sense of magic his words possess. Indian cinema has been blessed by his poetry which is now sung all across the country as popular Bollywood songs.

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7. Ghalib, the lover of Delhi

The 19th century urdu poet was the last great poet of the Mughal Era. He celebrated the city of Delhi like never before and left us all enrapt in the enigma of his words. 

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The famous Ghalib ki Haveli, his residence located in Old Delhi, is now a heritage site. 

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8. Rabindranath Tagore, the natural humanist 

Tagore's was the voice of a humanist during the years of turmoil during the struggle of independence. His elegant prose and inspiring poetry shaped Indian art in the 19th and 20th century. He is the composer of the Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana and his other lyrics too celebrate the immense diversity that is the cornerstone of India's strength.

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Shantiniketan is at a distance of 180kms from Kolkata. It was a property of the Tagore family where Rabindranath Tagore started the Patha Bhavan and emphasized on scholars learning in natural environment.

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Their art is a constant celebration of India and shapes Indian sensibility. Words of Ghalib, the illustrations of Laxman or the tranquillity of Shantiniketan reflects what India is all about. Travel across the incredible and India and once in your lifetime see India through the eyes of these blessed artists.

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