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Jyoti Bhatt Archive

Brief overview (-)

Jyoti Bhatt (b. 1934) is a renowned painter, printmaker and photographer based in Baroda. He was among the first batch of students to have enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda when it was established in 1950, and subsequently taught there as a professor.
The Jyoti Bhatt Archive is a vast collection of visual materials that include his artwork images along with rare photographs of the Living Traditions of India that he documented across the country for over three decades since 1967. Bhatt’s diaries, sketchbooks, designs, and writings, which have also been digitised, will be made accessible online for the first time on the AAA website in the course of 2015.

This collection is part of The Baroda Archives Project. For more details of the project, please click here.
A tree diagram of the Jyoti Bhatt Archive is available here.

Tree Diagram

For around three decades beginning in 1967, Jyoti Bhatt took on the pursuit of travelling to numerous villages, towns, and cities in India to record traditional art practices. He finally amassed over 30,000 photographs, which were organised chronologically with copious notes in diaries and essays about the contexts, changing techniques, and mediums. The folders in this section are arranged according to the storage boxes and contact sheets that were organised by Bhatt himself.

Total number of records: 23,800 (est.)