Jyoti Bhatt

Jyoti Bhatt (b.1934) studied painting under N.S. Bendre and K.G. Subramanyan at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. Later he studied fresco and mural Painting at Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan and then studied at the Academia di Belle Art in Naples, Italy and Pratt Institute in New York. It was partially Bhatt's enthusiasm for intaglio ( a printmaking technique which he has gained knowledge at the Tamarind Workshop in New York) that caused other artists such as Jeram Patel , Bhupen Khakhar and Gulammohammed Sheikh, to take up the same process. Bhatt, and his compatriots at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda, soon came to be known as 'The Baroda School' of Indian art. Late in the 1960s Bhatt was asked to take photographs of Gujarati folk art. It soon became one of the artist's passions to document traditional Indian craft and design work. The disappearing arts of rural Gujarat became a focus.


Jyoti Bhatt is best known for his modernist work in painting and printmaking and also his photographic documentation of rural India. He moved from a cubist influence in his early work, to a lighthearted and colorful Pop art that often drew its imagery from traditional Indian folk designs. Though Bhatt worked in a variety of mediums, including watercolors and oils, it is his printmaking that ultimately garnered him the most attention. His works are in numerous international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., and The British Museum, London. He lives and works in Baroda.


Here is Jyoti Bhatt speaking at TEDx Ahmedabad about Rediscovering Photography