S.L. Parasher, who was born in Gujranwala (now Pakistan), hoped he would be able to stay in his home in Pakistan even after Partition. However, as that reality became improbable, he and his family migrated and Parasher became the camp commandant at Ambala. His experience of the Partition influenced a lot of his sketches and paintings.
Born in 1925 in Jhelum, in pre-partition West Punjab, Satish Gujral moved to India in 1944 to join the Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai. A witness to Partition, the agony of the immigrant experience strongly manifested itself in Gujral’s early works—his first collection of works during 1947 are called the Partition Series. It is a theme he has returned to frequently in his career that spanned over six decades.
Arpana Caur’s maternal grandparents, her mother, and her brother were from Lahore and migrated to India during Partition. While she has worked on themes other than Partition, a sense of isolation and a constant search for identity have been recurring themes in her paintings.
Born in 1925, in what is now Faislabad (now Pakistan), Krishen Khanna grew up in Lahore. His family moved to Shimla as a result of the Partition and he was deeply affected by the event. Many of his works are reproductions of the scenes that were indelibly printed in his memory during this period.
Amar Nath Sehgal is a South Asian modern artist and engineer by education. He was born in pre-Partition India. His works represent the tragic events he witnessed during the Partition, which are displayed in Amritsar and Delhi.
Sehgal’s iconic bronze sculpture, Anguished Cries represents the pain of victims of war and communal disharmony (This is a smaller representation of the original sculpture which was inaugurated in Berlin in 1971).