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Shringara of Shrinathji
From the Collection of the Late Gokal Lal Mehta

by Amit Ambalal and Conceptualised by Vikram Goyal

Discover the magic of magnificent paintings from the Pushtimarg tradition in this limited-edition collector’s item volume.
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279 x 355 mm | 10 x 14 in
Hardcover | 192 pages
77 colour photographs
5 colour drawings
ISBN:
978-93-85360-86-2 (Mapin)

 
PRICE:
Rs.9,500.00  | $250.00  | £150.00
 
          
   
 
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Table of contents

  • Foreword by Vanmala Mehta 
  • From the Mehta Family Chronicles by the Late G.L. Mehta
     
  • Nathdwara Painting and the Mehta Family Collection by Amit Ambalal 

            • Vitthalnathji–Gosainji: The Visionary Master

            • Shrinathji and the Sacred Images of Pushtimarg

            • The Origins

            • Bhavanas and Symbolism in Pushtimarg

            • A Day of Shrinathji

            • A Year at Nathdwara

            • Evolution of Art at Nathdwara

            • Paintings of the Gokal Lal Mehta Collection

  • Catalogue of Paintings
     
  • Index of Paintings  
  • Elements of Shringara  
  • Mukut Design — A Select Sample 

 

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In the unique culture of Pushtimarg, a Vaishnava sect founded by Vallabhacharya in the 15th century, art and devotion are deeply intertwined. A captivating volume, Shringara of Shrinathji, catalogues a set of previously unpublished miniature paintings of the Pushtimarg tradition from the collection of late Shri Gokal Lal Mehta. 
 
Pushtimarg lays great stress on worship of the deity Shrinathji through the joys of life and living and devotion through kirtan (devotional poem-songs), bhog (offerings of sumptuous food and beverages), shringara (offerings of adornment, through dressing and ornamentation), and decoration and painting. The paintings constitute the Nathdwara school, so named because the image of Shrinathji is enshrined in a temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan. 
 
The sixty splendid artworks reproduced for the first time in this book were executed during the dynamic stewardship of Tilkayat Govardhanlalji (1862–1934 AD), who was a great patron of the arts. Under his patronage, Nathdwara painting reached its zenith. The collection’s period and the high quality of workmanship make it very likely that this set of Nathdwara miniature paintings were painted by Sukhdev Kishandas Gaur, the mukhia (chief artist) of the temple. Documenting the high degree of skill in draughtsmanship, portraiture and in composition, expositions by artist Amit Ambalal accompany the exceptional, high-quality photographic reproductions of these beautiful paintings in this volume.
 
 
 
Amit Ambalal  is an eminent contemporary Indian artist whose work forms part of prestigious collections in India and abroad, including the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He has also authored the landmark volume Krishna as Shrinathji: Rajasthani Paintings from Nathdvara (Mapin, 1987) on the subject of Pushtimarg and Nathdwara paintings and recently written the Foreword to In the Service of Krishna (Mapin, 2019).
 
Vikram Goyal founder of Viya Home, is one of India’s leading product designers, committed to the preservation of indigenous practices and the countrxy’s cultural heritage. Recipient of multiple design awards, he is also co-founder of Kama Ayurveda, a wellness brand dedicated to promoting the unique benefits of Ayurveda. Goyal is the eldest grandchild of late Gokal Lal Mehta, whose collection is featured in this book. 

 


 

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