Sustainability in Himmat Shah's Art: A Modern Phenomenon

Dr Arjun Kumar Singh, Jasvinder Singh


Sustainability is a modern phenomenon. It was associated with environmental science. With the rise of depletion of natural sources and global warming, UN was made to expand the domain of sustainability by including cultural factor in it. The need to modernise education, along with several other options, was also felt to make our environment more pliable. Through this paper, an attempt is made to look at Fine Arts as a mean to modernise our education system as well as to counter the side-effects of climate change. Modern Indian art, out from the clutches of colonial hegemony, has expanded its ground by emphasising the individual thinking process in search of new subject matter and material/medium. Himmat Shah as a modernist has witnessed both the sides of the development. His methodology creates a bridge between modernism to post-modernism, by diluting both physical and psychological space through his art. His artistic output demonstrates his love for sustainability in choosing his medium as well as his themes. To achieve the physicality along with the plastic value of the material he has preferred clay, paper and discarded objects. His innovation in terracotta ‘Head Series’ and ‘Found Object Series’ sculptures initiate a new discourse in Sustainable education as well as Fine Arts contemporary practices.


Sustainability, design and envision education, recyclable materials, modern sustainable arts

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