Prehistoric Art Expressions
The following are illustrations done in India ink by anthropologist-artist
K.L.Kamat based on prehistoric art found in cave shelters of Central India. The
original art is in a dilapidated condition, and it is very hard to photograph or
decipher the layers. Experts believe that much of the prehistoric art could be
ritualistic and epheramal, as the same space has been used to draw over and over
This rather astonishing collection of illustrations shows the ingenuity and
creative abilities of even the primitive man. For anthropologists, the
prehistoric art documents the period lifestyle, their tools, their parties, and
their aspirations. This exhibit will challenge art historians on the evolution
of modern and abstract art, and will display surprising knowledge the early man had about
zoology, science, warfare, and medicine.
Many illustrations have corresponding photographs in Kamat Research Database.
Illustrations are from the personal collection of Vikas Kamat.
There is much beauty to be found in Indian tribal art, but to appreciate it requires sympathy, imagination, and the ability to relate it to its human background. It is also necessary to understand the difficulties against which the artist has had to struggle: lack of materials, the general psychological demoralization as a result of contact with outside world, and the absence of official or private patronage and encouragement in the past.
Pre-historic Rock Paintings -- The pre-historic rock paintings of Madhya Pradesh are 5000 to 20000 years old. Kamat wonders on the meaning of some of the paintings while narrating their value
India in India Ink -- Line drawings of life and people of India
Art and expressions
found in central India belonging to prehistoric period.
Illustrations by anthropologist Dr. K.L.Kamat based on photographs
of cave shelter paintings.
Art Expressions of Prehistoric Man