K. G. Subramanyan is one of the most influential Indian artists, teachers, and theorists of the twentieth century. Born in 1924, Subramanyan has lived and worked during a transformative period in Indian history, one shaped by the contradictions of colonialism and nationalism, tradition and modernism, and indigenism and globalization. From 1950 to his retirement from teaching in 1989, he helped shape the aesthetic vision of the art departments at theMaharaja Sayajirao UniversityinBaroda and theVisva-Bharati Universityin Santiniketan. With great clarity, sensitivity, and wit, he continues to inspire generations of artists and scholars through hisprolific writings, lectures, and art."Between Reality and Dream"is the first major study to examine the formation and significance of Subramanyan s polymorphic aesthetic vision of art and culture within the context of modern India. It analyzesthe many influences Subramanyanabsorbed inIndiaand abroadwhile elucidating hisuniquecontributionsto contemporary Indian art theory and practice. By providingboth practical methods for artistsand a visionary way of living, Subramanyan s ideas have shapedthe art scene inIndiafor more than half a century."