In my CD-ROM on Bangladeshi arts of the ricksha (see the CD page of this website), I write about and include photos of backboard paintings featuring elephant-tiger combats, probably the most popular version of the animal combat motif, although Bangladeshi ricksha artists and calendar poster makers also featured scenes of tigers and crocodiles attacking each other or other kinds of animal combats. The elephant-tiger fight motif has descended from similar scenes in Mughal painting; one could say that it's a template on the Bengali imaginary. Contemporary Bengali ricksha painters have expanded the combat actors to predator birds like the brahminy kite, crocs and bears, even dinosaurs (inspired by sci-fi movies).
Recently, I came across the image of a painting by famous Indian fine artist Maqbool Fida Husain (born 1915), titled Ganesh Darwaza (Ganesh's Gate). Its period is Indian Modern; 1964, oil on canvas.  What to my wondering eyes did appear but elephant and tiger on the rampage, but also with Ganesh sweetly displaying the peace sign with his left hand--a charming example of the interplay of folk/popular and fine art sensibilities. 
I just had to add it here: 
           





Read about M.F. Husain, probably India's most famous artist today, on wikipedia, for a start.



Then, move on to a not so recent article written by the master himself that I think is worth reading, published in the well-known Indian journal, Frontline: http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl1416/14160820.htm 
Special issue, India Independent, 50 years

"An artist and a movement"
Any great change in a nation's civilisation begins in the field of culture
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M.F. HUSAIN



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