Journal of Indian Arts

Journal of Indian Arts

Roopa Lekha is the Quarterly Journal of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society. It printed illustrated articles on the history of Indian Arts as well as reporting on new developments. This edition from 1934 is an Uday Shankar 'special', tracing the dancer's huge success in bringing Indian dance to a Western public. You can read a selection of the favourable press reviews as well as detailed and well illustrated descriptions of the work of Shankar and his company.

The All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society was founded in 1928 to promote Indian culture. It was originally formed to judge the entries in an exhibition of Indian art. When India House was constructed in London (to house the Indian High Commission), the authorities planned to decorate its walls with works by English artists, when they were persuaded it would be more appropriate to use Indian artists. The exhibition was held to determine who should have the honour of painting the murals.