This paper will attempt to investigate the cultural context of the changing representation of Indian art, from pre-modern to modern and the contemporary. From Bharat’s Saundarya Shastra to Baumarten’s Aesthetica. From the spiritual to the visual, how Indian art practices have undergone changes and transformations from the Dancing Girl of Mohenjo Daro to the Kitchen of Subodh Gupta. Is the contemporary Indian artist looking for endorsement from the West? Or is the Indian artist coming of age in a global cosmopolitan world? Where does the legacy of art and craft find its space? As a subaltern voice or that of a contemporary artistic practice? This is a complex study of the authorship of art and the artist. From the sacred to the profane, from the spiritual to the visual, how traditional art practices have been transformed, translated, transmuted, morphed, digitized, from a fine art practice to the art of not making.