Archive of Author | Sushma K Bahl

Sushma K. Bahl, author of 5000 Years
 of Indian Art, in English and Chinese editions,besides other books, and former Head, Arts & Culture, British Council India; is an independent arts adviser, writer and curator based in Delhi.

She worked on the festivals of India in the UK in 1982 and South Korea in 2005. She was the Guest Director for XI Triennale-India 2005, Project Consultant for Bharat Rang Mahotsav X11, and Jury Member for the 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh both in 2010, curator of India- ASEAN Artists’ Residency & Exhibition 2012 and Yoga Chakra art exhibition in 2015. Since 2013, she has been leading on ‘Forms of Devotion’ art exhibition project for the Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium, held at the China Art Museum in Shanghai following its launch in Delhi and Bangkok.

She is currently writing and editing a couple of other books on arts and crafts of India. Recipient of British honour MBE- Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire- for her contribution to India-UK cultural collaborative work, and the IHC Art India Award for her curation of Ways of Seeing art exhibition; Sushma is a member of the Paris based International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and a trustee/advisory committee member of Abhyas Trust and Kala Sakshi Trust, both in Delhi, Arts Acre Foundation in Kolkata, Harjai Global Gurukul in Mumbai, Kerala Museum in Kochi and Florence Biennale in Italy.

Articles with Sushma K Bahl


Multiple Contemporaries & Sacred Indian Art

The indelible connect between art, faith, and life transcends stylistic, geographical, chronological, and ideological boundaries. It traverses beyond past and present, human studies and sciences, or classical/folk/traditional and contemporary art. There is empirical evidence in civilizational footprints, of the profound bond between arts and spirituality. This is reflected in multiple contemporaries be it in Indian sacred art, or cultures from around the globe.