As India celebrates its 70th year of independence, Kunel Gaur, an artist and founder of the agency Animal, came up with a unique idea to commemorate the day. He invited 69 artists and illustrators to depict one year since India attained independence on the country's map. And the results are outstanding!

The project titled Indianama beautifully chronicles the journey of India since independence. Here are some portraits showing the artists' take on India: 

1947: "The year of independence, war and so much more."

Aprajita Chowdhury

 

1956: "Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Constitution Framer of India, Buddhist Revivalist and Untouchable Leader, converts to Buddhism along with 3,85,000 followers to start the Neo-Buddhism movement in India."

Yuvraj Jha

 

1959: "The year 1959 saw the introduction of Television broadcast, or specifically Doordarshan, which changed the face of communication and entertainment in India.

Prateek Vatash

 

1961: "There is something tragically romantic about the death of Guru Dutt.

 Nasheet Shadani

 

1970: "The brainchild of Verghese Kurien of AMUL, Operation Flood was the largest dairy development programme in the world which involved creating a national milk grid across the country."

Source: Ameya Narvankar

 

1984: "The Bhopal gas leak is still considered the world's worst industrial disaster. With the passage of time, the screams only seem to go louder and I want to put that up on the map."

Rekha Bahl

 

1988: "Vishwanathan Anand becomes the first grand master of India in 1988."

 Rishav Mohanty

 

1992: "Director, Screenwriter, Composer, Writer, Graphic Designer Satyajit Ray received the honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992."

 Viplov Singh

 

1994: "In 1994, Sushmita Sen won the Miss Universe title after winning the Miss India crown and became the first Indian woman ever to win the Miss Universe crown. The same year the runner-up of Miss India, Aishwarya Rai, won the Miss World title."

Simran Sahni

 

1996: "In 1996, McDonald's opened it's shop in India. The signature Big Mac beef burger was replaced on the menu by the Chicken Maharajah Mac to suit the Indian market."

Reshidev Rk

 

1997: "November 19, 1997, as part of the six-astronaut crew that flew the Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-born woman and the second Indian person to fly in space."

Ashish Jose

 

2000: "Coming of the new millennium. Y2K"

 Samya Ghosh

 

2004: "Launched on September 20, 2004 by ISRO, EDUSAT is the first Indian satellight built exclusively to serve the educational sector. It has revolutionised classroom teaching through IP based technology."

Rutuja Mali

 

 


2011: "India wins the 2011 Cricket World Cup."

Himani Batra

 


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