Book cov­ers vast land­scape of his­tory of In­dian art

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI -

Chil­dren’s writer Mamta Nainy pro­files In­dian Art by cov­er­ing mil­len­nia of artis­tic ex­pres­sion in her new book as it time-trav­els chrono­log­i­cally through the many art schools and artis­tic pe­ri­ods.

Billed as the first com­pre­hen­sive guide for art en­thu­si­asts - young and old, “A Brush with In­dian Art” show­cases ex­quis­ite full-colour pho­tographs and il­lus­tra­tions of some of the most cel­e­brated In­dian art­works.

From cave to con­tem­po­rary paint­ings, it’s like a walk through the his­tory of In­dian art.

Ac­cord­ing to Nainy, the book is about sto­ries, which have been plucked from the many art tra­di­tions in In­dia.

The book, pub­lished by Puf­fin, has in­ter­est­ing anec­dotes and colour­ful trivia. One of these is re­lated to the Ajanta Caves.

“The tale goes that any­one who tries to de­face the paint­ings in any way or re­pro­duce them is struck by bad luck. Mys­te­ri­ously many at­tempts to make copies of these paint­ings and then ex­hibit them in mu­se­ums have been highly un­suc­cess­ful,” Nainy writes.

The ex­trav­a­gant Mughal minia­ture paint­ings pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion to many fu­ture artists and schools, and they con­tinue to in­spire even to­day, the au­thor says.

“If it hadn’t been for the Mughal rulers, such ex­tra­or­di­nary art wouldn’t have emerged or been de­vel­oped in In­dia. It seems that the Mughals were as pas­sion­ate about art and ar­chi­tec­ture as they were about war­fare and ex­pand­ing their ter­ri­to­ries,” the book says.

The Bri­tish, says Nainy, had dif­fer­ent aes­thet­ics with re­gard to art, and the In­dian artists knew that if they were to sur­vive, they’d have to start un­der­stand­ing and painting from the Bri­tish point of view.—PTI

Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tion (right) the cover of book “A Brush with In­dian Art”

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