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Kalighat Paintings

Edited by Suhashini Sinha and Professor C. Panda

Catalogues the best samples of this unique painting style, which developed in 19th-century Kolkata.
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Category: Art, Culture, Museum / Gallery and Exhibition Catalogues, Painting
Tags: Kolkata, patua, urban form,
 
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245 x 210 mm | 8.27 x 9.65 in
Flexicover | 112 pages
153 colour illustrations
ISBN:
978-81-89995-66-9 (Mapin)
978-1-935677-21-5 (Grantha)?
 
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Table of contents

Essays

  • Kalighat Paintings and the V&A collections
  • Kalighat Paintings at Victoria Memorial Hall
  • Kalam Patua from the interstices of the city
  • Materials and Techniques of Kalighat Paintings

Catalogue

  • Religious Subjects Gods and Goddesses
  • Scenes from the Life of Krishna
  • Scenes from the EpicsThe Ramayana
  • The Mahabharata
  • Social Commentaries, Proverbs and Animals
  • British and European Influence
  • The Tarakeshwar Affair
  • Named Artists and the End of the Century
  • Kalighat Themes in Different Media
  • Contemporary Kalighat Painting

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Description

Kalighat painting evolved as a unique painting style in the rapidly urbanizing cityscape of 19th-century Kolkata. Reflecting a new language, these paintings recorded the changes in lifestyles, values, and a new visual vocabulary brought forth by lithographic presses and studio photography.


The artists who developed the Kalighat painting style were traditional scroll painters (patuas). In catering to the transient, urban populace, the artists let go on of their linear narrative styles and adopted single pictures with one or two figures. The traditionally inherited techniques and iconography were blended with the use of watercolours and Western academic shading, to show frames of a changing society.


This volume accompanies the touring ‘Kalighat Paintings’ exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in collaboration with the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata in late 2011. The V&A, London holds the single largest collection of Kalighat paintings, and this is the first exhibition of the collection in India. Best examples from the collections and contemporary Kalighat paintings are illustrated in this book. Supporting essays reveal the importance of these collections, and also highlight the era in which this painting thrived, and the techniques that were used by the artists. 

 
About the Authors
Suhashini Sinha is Assistant Curator at the V&A, London.
Prof. C. Panda is Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. 

With contributions from Piyasi Bharasa, Dr Lucio Burgio, Jyotindra Jain and Mike Wheeler.

Additional Information

Published in association with V&A Publishing.

 

 

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