Mumbai is arguably the birthplace of the modern art movement in India. It was back in 1947 that contemporary artists Francis Newton Souza and Maqbool Fida Husain along with a few others formed the Progressive Artists' Group.

Chances are that most people would be unaware of this bit of trivia, because although the city has a vibrant art scene, unique art galleries, there is little in terms of education. This is a gap that the Bahuji Daji Lad Museum is seeking to fill with their newly launched one-year PG Diploma course in 'Modern & Contemporary Indian Art History'.

 The course, which will begin in mid-January, will be a critical study of the history of Indian art from the 1850s to present. It offers, quite simply, a chance to learn about Indian art with respect to international modern and contemporary art history.

Besides weekend lectures, students will also be taken to view exhibitions in Mumbai's premier art galleries, and will be taken on field trips to museums and artist studios. When talking of a subject of this magnitude, the faculty often plays an important role. Art, after all, is not just about knowing how to fill up a canvas, but about looking at things from the broader context of history, sociology, politics, gender and cultural studies.

Abhay Sardesai, Editor, Art India Magazine, art critic and curator Girish Shahane, cultural theorist and independent curator Ranjit Hoskote, and art critic and senior faculty at Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, Tapati Guha-Thakurtha are some of the people who will be sharing their knowledge with the students.
Registrations close on December 15.

At: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Byculla (E)