Ervin Baktay

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Ervin Baktay (1890–1963; born Ervin Gottesmann[1]) was an author noted for popularizing Indian culture in Hungary.[2]

Dr. Ervin Baktay's tomb at Farkasréti Cemetery

He had started his career as a painter[3] and he encouraged his niece Amrita Sher-Gil to pursue art.[4] Baktay gave up painting to study eastern religions and art, and became a renowned Indologist.[3]


Ervin Baktay was uncle to artist Amrita Sher-Gil and nephew to Nagybánya artist Alfréd Gottesmann (1872–1965).


  1. ^ Baktay Ervin (1890-1963) megjelent könyvei (Terebess Ázsia E-Tár)
  2. ^ Indo-Hungarian Cultural & Educational Relations, Historical Perspective, Indian Embassy in Hungary
  3. ^ a b Amrita Shergil,
  4. ^ Amrita Sher-Gil - 100 People Who Shaped India