Antique Cheriyal Painted Scroll – Art for Oral Traditions
In South Indian Paintings – A catalogue of the British Museum collection, A. L. Dallaiccola notes “Although in the past the majority of Indian people might have been illiterate, they … Continue reading
Art in Mud – Village Scenes
This artwork by Dinesh Chandra Kumhar from Molela village was exhibited at the Serendipity Arts Festival 2016 Goa curated by the leading thinker in the world of Indian Art- Shri … Continue reading
The Art of Garlanding Flowers
Garlands are used at a range of events in India – to honor politicians, to mark birthdays, in the wedding ceremony and in funeral ceremonies. Flowers that are beautiful on … Continue reading
Pattua Singing from Bengal
In Bengal, in the olden days, in order to disseminate the holy stories, folk legends adn perhaps even news of major events, Pattua scrolls were used. Women first painted out … Continue reading
A Story in A Sar Pallu Phulkari Textile
Before we had cartoon TV serials, we had cartoon comics. Like Tarzan and Phantom and Dennis and Amar Chitra Katha. But before that, we had textiles! And stories were written … Continue reading
Learning History through Art – Conquest of Kanchi & a Glass of Milk
In this painting from Odisha, Jagannath & Balabhadra are on a journey and are offered a drink of milk by milkmaid Manika. The History and Her Story: One of the … Continue reading
Art in service of Culture – A Sindoor Box
As I say in my lectures – traditional art in Asia is rarely ever “art for art’s sake” and almost always has a second layer hidden beneath. It is either … Continue reading
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A New Museum with a Fabulous Fresh Focus!
A museum or rather an institution that focuses on perpetuating the art amongst the creators … a museum in which the creators can see and learn from the work of … Continue reading
INVITATION – Antique Indian Textile Art @ The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
BAZAR: SAT & SUN 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th November 4pm-8pm A mini-exhibition will showcase some textile masterpieces from the past. Some pieces from the wovensouls collection will also be available … Continue reading
The honor of meeting Padma Shri Award Winner – Shri Shreelal Joshi
A trip to Bhilwara Rajasthan. Singapore – Mumbai by air. Mumbai to Udaipur by air. Udaipur to Bhilwara by road. Cabs to the airport, airport waits, security checks, luggage hassles … Continue reading
Gates of Heaven – The Darshan Dwar Phulkari Embroidery Textile
Devotional Textiles – Phulkari Baghs of Punjab
Let us pray to the Gods of Probability that the opportunities that come our way, come at the right timing in our lives, and that we have the wisdom to … Continue reading
Learning Resource – Jain Art
A good starting point on Jain Art http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/j/jainism/ jm June 2015 Learning Resource – Jain Art
Daily Art Fix : !850s Painting on Mica
The base material is fragile – yet some of these paintings have been preserved for over 150 years! Patronised by the imperial rulers – the East India Company – the … Continue reading
Wool Art of a Different Type!
Camel Wool Art – found in Haryana & Rajasthan: A photo that came to me on Whatsapp advertising the Desert Festival in Bikaner, Rajasthan!
DAILY ART FIX – Gujarat Embroidery
RUSTIC TRIBAL EMBROIDERY WITH GORGEOUS NATURAL COLORS ON COARSE HAND SPUN COTTON! JM. .