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Prof. Ratan Parimoo

Director - L.D. Museum and N.C. Mehta Gallery (Ahmedabad)

Prof. Ratan Parimoo

Ratan Parimoo has a Ph.D. from M.S. University, Baroda, where he also taught for 34 years, serving as Head of the Department of Art History and Aesthetics (1966–91) and as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (1975–81). Among his numerous publications are Paintings of the Three Tagores (1973) , republished in expanded version as Art of Three Tagores: From Revival to Modernity (2010), and Historical Development of Contemporary Indian Art (2009). Since 2007 he has been the Director of the L.D. Museum and N.C. Mehta Art Gallery, Ahmedabad. He has completed the N.C. Mehta Collection Vol.I, Gujarati School and Jaina Manuscript Paintings in 2010, and Vol.II, Rajasthani, Central Indian, Pahari and Mughal Paintings, in 2013.

Other Interests : Reading, Listening Music, Painting

The 'Concourse' Exhibition in Srinagar

The 'Concourse' Exhibition in Srinagar

The art exhibition titled as 'Concourse', held at Srinagar between 17th June and 24th June, 2018, was unique in many ways. It was, organized by a voluntary cultural organization, 'Kashmir Art Quest'. Art exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, printmaking and photography are not being held regularly during the last several years as they used to be held during the decades of 1970s and 1980s. Especially, within Jammu and Kashmir state had emerged a cordial brotherhood of artists, comprising Kashmiri Muslim and Kashmiri Hindu (also called Pandits) painters and sculptors since India's Independence (i.e since 1947). It is indeed a happy development that the active community of Kashmiri Muslim artists based in the Kashmir Valley, have been feeling that the Kashmiri Hindu artists who had either settled in Jammu or elsewhere outside the Jammu and Kashmir state should come together along with the former, on one platform, so that art scene in Kashmir can become lively and vigorous once again....

Key words : The ‘Concourse' Exhibition in Srinagar, Ratan Parimoo, Srinagar

Categories : Painting

Painting of Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul in Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection

Painting of Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul in Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection

KLC.1840 Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul, Water Colour on Paper, Rajasthani School, 18th century A.D. Inscribed: Shri Hari, Shri Gokul ki Veth.. (Baithak) Bhitar ki.

According to K.K. Shastri's biography of Vallabhacharya, there were three baithaks in Gokul which this author has numbered as first, second and third. It is a pleasant surprise to find that the second baithak was known as 'bhitar ki badhi baithak', which nomenclature when tallied with the inscription on KLC.1840, corroborates that this painting represents the particular baithak at Gokul. This baithak was the venue of Vallabhacharya's katha recitations and also where he shared his meals. A miracle was performed here by Vallabhacharya when the mahants of Vrindavan intended to test him. One Shyamnanda had been sent with a Saligram hidden in a purse. Gokul was also the seat of Shri Gokulnathji, one of the seven svarupas of Shrinathji. Vitthalnathji had set up the worship of the seven icons at seven...

Key words : Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak, L D Museum, Gokul

Categories : Painting

Sculptures from Ladol, Mehsana District, North Gujarat

Sculptures from Ladol, Mehsana District, North Gujarat

The Museum has a number of marble sculptures and other fragments from the site of Ladol, a village near Vijapur, Mehsana district, North Gujarat. At least about 9 pithas, the base of Tirthankara images, have inscriptions between the dates V.S.1313-1337 = 1256-1280 A.D. These are presumably the dates of installation of seated Tirthankara images. As many as 5 standing Tirthankara images in Kāyotasarga posture also belong to this site. One of the inscriptions mentions the name of the temple Kanhuvasahika and the name of donor 'Shreshthi Kanhu'. One of standing Tirthankara images, Śāntināth, is intact, along with its inscription, which was installed in V.S.1326 = 1269 A.D. The name of the village in the inscriptions is mentioned as Lātāpalli. However, no ruined medieval period temple is recorded from Ladol village in recent surveys. From the inscriptions it is clear that the temple was dedicated by Shresthi Kanhu, and therefore given the nomenclature of...

Key words : Jain sculpture, Tirthankar sculpture, Ladol, Mehsana District, North Gujarat

Categories : Sculpture, In House Blog