Artist: Radha Binod Sharma
Date of Action: August 2021
Location: Jaipur Art Summit
Confronting Bodies: Members of women’s organisation Lal Shakti and right-wing group Rashtriya Hindu Ekta Manch
Description of Artwork: The exhibition included a polyptych by Sharma that shows four semi-nude women (topless).
The Incident: Female members of the right wing group, Lal Shakti, raided the Jaipur Art Summit and vandalized and took down pieces of Sharma's work. They aggressively took down the work and injured the artist as he tried to defend his own work from their vandalization.
Results of Incident: One of the leaders of the all female right wing organization, Pandit Vijay Shankar Pandey, was arrested by the authorities shortly after the incident. Another leader, Hemlata Sharma was wanted by the police but was identified as "absconding."
Vandals attack artist, ‘semi-nude’ painting at art summit, Times of India, Dec 9, 2016
Right-wing group Rashtriya Hindu Ekta Manch vandalised Jaipur Art Summit, India Today, Praveen Shekhar, December 8, 2016
Rashtriya Hindu Ekta Manch Activists Vandalise Jaipur Art Summit Over Semi-Nude Painting -The painter was also reportedly thrashed, Huffington Post, 08/12/2016 / Updated 09/12/2016 by Rohini Chatterji
Vimeo: ANUBHAV- FINDING MEANING IN LIFE, IMAFOUNDATION.COM - Rani Bains-Sharma & Radha Binod Sharma
Jaipur Art Summit: Painting ‘vandalised’, artist ‘injured’, Indian Express, December 9, 2016
Right-Wing Activists Protest Jaipur Art Summit, Attacking Artist Radha Binod Sharma, ARTFORUM, December 12, 2016