Condolences to Professor Kavita Singh

It is with great sadness that the directory board of CIHA learned about the passing of art historian Kavita Singh after a two-year battle against cancer.

Kavita Singh was a professor for the history of art at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India and a member of the Getty board of trustees since 2020. Besides being an outstanding scholar, who significantly contributed to our understanding of Mughal, Rajput and Deccan art in India, Professor Singh was at the forefront of reshaping the discipline of art history. She offered new critical approaches to art and art institutions that were transformative for the field and central to the education of a new generation of scholars in India and beyond. She was sharp in her critique but also a great listener, who enjoyed being part of an international community of art historians willing to think about the future of our discipline. In 2019, Kavita Singh was the key-note speaker at the 35th CIHA World Congress "Motion: Transformations" in Florence, where she presented a brilliant paper on Indian colonial artifacts found at the V&A collections in London. We will deeply miss Kavita’s brilliant mind and her enormous generosity and always be inspired by her unique example.