He had started his career as a painter and he encouraged his niece Amrita Sher-Gil to pursue art. Baktay gave up painting to study eastern religions and art, and became a renowned Indologist.
Ervin Baktay was uncle to artist Amrita Sher-Gil and nephew to Nagybánya artist Alfréd Gottesmann (1872–1965).
- Baktay Ervin (1890-1963) megjelent könyvei (Terebess Ázsia E-Tár)
- Indo-Hungarian Cultural & Educational Relations, Historical Perspective, Indian Embassy in Hungary
- Amrita Shergil, sikh-heritage.co.uk
- Amrita Sher-Gil - 100 People Who Shaped India