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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

Portraiture in India

Portraiture in India

The art-historical study of the art of painting in India has been going on now for more than one century. This study carried out mostly through the 20th century has convincingly established how the Indian painters have documented our own culture and society. Simultaneously the involvement with portraiture, the human face, facial features, resemblances and expressions, has been quite considerable. The western scholars in the early years of the 20th century have made certain assumptions regarding the shortcomings of the Indian painters which include two specific aspects. One, that no independent status was given to the genre of portraiture and two, regarding the degree of illusionistic naturalism. The pioneering art-historical scholar, Ananda Coomaraswmy, although had already discovered portrait drawings both in Rajput (Rajasthani and Pahari) and Mughal schools, yet he put forth a theory of 'ideal portraiture', which has been misunderstood and also needs to be questioned. Essentially...

Key words : Portraiture, Portrait in India, naturalistic delineation in portrait, Anand Coomaraswamy, C. Sivarammurti, Kalidasa's Sanskrit Kavyas, Reference of Portrain in Sanskrit Poetry

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