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  “…The power of photography to open up India to Indians is reflected in his particular interest in the country’s tribal people. During the course of his freelance work in the 1950’s, he used his commissions to subsidise his work with the tribals. In fact, Janah’s interest in the tribal people produced some of hisContinue reading “From the Collection”

From the Collection

Quoting from Vivan Sundaram: Engine Oil and Charcoal: Works on Paper 1991, ‘Who is the victim sacrificed? “The soldier of Babylon,” blown to bits, identified only by a uniformed, booted leg, or “The Akkadian King,” symbol of a vast empire, of a civilization and its glorious past. Or is it “The Land of the Euphrates,” fertileContinue reading “From the Collection”

From the Collection

  “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity – and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which could be for every mental–worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which providesContinue reading “From the Collection”

From the Collection

Tinting of photographs was a well-known Western tradition in the nineteenth century. With the colonial encounter, Indian artists combined their long-practiced art of miniature painting with the newly-developed technique of photography, creating a hybrid form of visual culture. Only a few years after the introduction of photography to India, most photography studios started offering theirContinue reading “From the Collection”

From the Collection

Nathdwara Painting refers to a painting tradition and school of artists that emerged in Nathdwara, a town in Rajsamand district in the Western state of Rajasthan in India. Nathdwara paintings are of different sub-styles of which Pichhwai paintings are the most popular. The word Pichwai derives from the Sanskrit words ‘pich’ meaning back and ‘wais’Continue reading “From the Collection”