With grandfather and father both being artists, it is not surprising that Subhashini has taken to the field. Starting her quest quite early under her father Maniam Selven, she moved on to get a degree in Drawing & Painting from Stella Maris College , Madras University . Her talent further flowered at Singapore, where she moved after marriage, at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, where she pursued her Masters in Contemporary art. She also gained a special award of ‘Dedicated Practice’ from the University of Huddersfield in recognition of her outstanding performance during the course. She teaches and conducts workshops on Indian Art at Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore.
“Colour, Emotion and Music are the most interesting subjects for me. Being a visual artist trained in Indian classical music, my interest lies in understanding the intimate relationship between these three aspects of human experience”. As a young artist of the 21st century she dares to experiment with new materials and techniques, while still keeping her hold on to the Indian tradition in art by introducing elements of Indian miniatures in her imagery, thus chartering her own course in her creations. Subhashini has also been trained in classical Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam. Therefore Ragamala miniature paintings of the 16th century, that combined music, poetry and painting to express the beauty and uniqueness of the Raga, inspiring and impelling her to eagerly try reviving that art form and find its relevance to contemporary art practice is perhaps a natural course.

Academic Qualifications

University of Huddersfield, UK and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Master of Arts in Contemporary practice

University of Madras, India
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting)

Vector Institute of Visual Arts, Chennai, India
Certificate Course in 2D, 3D Graphic Animation and Multimedia

Artistic works & Exhibitions:

2012 – Vikatan Thane Art Show – Organized by the Vikatan group at Lalit Kala Academy Chennai to support victims of Thane Cyclone 2012 in Tamil Nadu.

2011 –  Fund Raising Group Exhibition for Nandalala Seva Trust, New Delhi.

2010 – Curator for ‘Inspired by Art, History & Mythology’  – An Exhibition of paintings by Artist Maniam and Maniam Selven, Celebrated artists from Chennai as part of Dance India Taste India 2010,  Singapore.

2010 –  Malaysian International Art Expo 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2009 – Vaazhayadi Vaazhai: Celebrating the legacy of Artist Maniam  an exhibition of paintings by three generations of artists in Chennai, India.

2009 – Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore in April at Victoria Theatre. I was the Publicity Designer of this event, responsible for designing posters, flyers, T-shirts and brochure.

2008 Feeling the blanks – an interdisciplinary art exhibition in Singapore featuring the in-process works of nine practicing artists in their separate research as part of the Master of Arts in Contemporary Practice program at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and University of  Huddersfield, UK.

2007 Incredibly Imperfect is a collaborative wall drawing made by twelve students of the University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom) Fine Art programme and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) that examines the idea of mark-making, of drawing, as a direct and authentic means of expressing one’s ideas.

2007 – ‘Abhaya – Have No Fear’ an Odissi Dance Performance by Temple of Fine Arts International at Victoria Theatre in August – Responsible for a special kind of body art as part of the costume for  the dancers for this dance show by Temple of Fine Arts.

2007 – ‘Water’ by Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore in June at Victoria Theatre – part of Singapore Art Festival – Visual artist for this music performance and was in-charge of the video projections as  part of the set for the stage.

2007 – ‘Krishnaarpanam – In-charge of set designing for the Dance performance by Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore.

2007 –  Work in progress exhibition as part of the Master of Arts in Contemporary Practice program at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and University of Huddersfield, UK.

2006 – ‘Square of Infinity’– an interdisciplinary art exhibition in Singapore featuring the in-process works of nine practicing artists in their separate research as part of the Master of Arts in Contemporary Practice program at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and University of Huddersfield, UK.

2005 – ‘Vishwa Vinayaka’ – A Group exhibition and Dance production by Temple of Fine Arts International at University Cultural Centre, Singapore.

2005 – Research and video documentary on Textile Printing in Hyderabad (India) as a part of developing  arts education program for Temple of fine arts.

2003 – Participated in a group exhibition conducted by Nandalala Seva Samithi Trust, Chennai, India

1996 – Part of a team responsible for tailoring & conducting 2 days art experience workshop for Primary school students at Ranipet, Tamil Nadu.

1995 – Designed Floor Decoration for welcoming French Delegates for a student exchange program at Stella Maris College.


2009 – Certificate for Dedicated Practice during Masters Program

2009 – Metal Award from Fine Arts Department, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

2006 – NAFA Merit Award

*Full resume is available upon request


8 Responses to About

  1. Anju says:

    YOU GOOOO GIRL !!!!!!!! 🙂

  2. kamaldollah says:

    Would love to see some of you forefathers work here. That would be good exposure for them.

    Yeah baby… yeah

  3. varsha says:

    Aunty ,You are indeed a great Artist ,love to see more painting from you; and thanks for the wonder ful painting of lord Krishna and Radha,Varsha

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  5. T K Gopalan says:

    I no longer have yr email, sorry about that. But the million dollar question which I should be grateful if you would care to answer is this: is the illustrated edition of kalki’s ponniyin selvan which ananda vikatan publisher is bringing out imminently going to have ALL the drawings of Sri maniam or a selection, however large? Many like me desperately wish to see A COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED edition.
    Thanks for yr consideration, and best wishes.
    Dr T K Gopalan

  6. sandy D says:

    Hi Subhashini Balasubramanian
    I have just come across you Subhas-Art-6 series and really love them
    Would you be interested in joining the group I have recently started on http://www.facebook.com/arts4giving – We hope to be exhibiting soon and I think your series in white could work with some of the other work on our files.
    We would love your support – please let me know if Arts4Giving interests you

  7. Good Morning Dear Subhashini

    You are welcome. I trust you may like what you read on my site.

    I find that you are deep into music , painting and other fine arts.
    It is a privilage to have known you.

    Please go through the following series of articles ; and let me know.

    1. I have tried to trace the course of Indian Music , development of its concepts and terms.
    Along with that I have tried to summarize about fifteen Lakshan Grantha-s.
    Please check Sangita (22)

    2. In a similar way I have tried to trace the development of Indian painting.
    Please check Chitrasutra (17)

    3. Please also see my articles on Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshitar and Sri Vidya.
    Please check Muthuswami Dikshitar (8)

    4.Please also see Sri Tyagaraja under Tyagaraja (5)


  8. subhashini says:

    Dear Srinivasa Rao sir,
    I am so grateful to have found your blog. I will definitely read through your posts.
    You have done a great work with your blog.

    With Respects,

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