De­cod­ing In­dian art

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - TIME OUT - Henna Rakheja

If some­one tells you that art can be ‘colour­fully colour­less’, will you be­lieve? For those who get what it means, the art is go­ing to be an­other ex­plo­ration as they read A Brush with In­dian Art by Mamta Nainy.

For those who don’t get how art can be with colours, and yet with­out it, must re­fer to this the black and white book. Be­gin­ning from the first draw­ings, i.e., the cave paint­ings, the book chron­i­cles artis­tic tra­di­tions and move­ments in the his­tory of In­dian art up to the con­tem­po­rary era. It also makes clear that to ap­pre­ci­ate a piece of art, there is “no magic for­mula needed.

Ask your­self what the art­work makes you feel and why”. Some pages con­tain in­for­ma­tion on where one can visit to sa­ti­ate the cu­rios­ity for art and even in­clude the en­try fee of art mu­se­ums! Anirud­dha Mukher­jee’s il­lus­tra­tions of Bal Kr­ishna, Raja Ravi Varma, among oth­ers, ably sup­port the text.

Ti­tle: A Brush with In­dian Art

Au­thor: Mamta Nainy

Pub­lisher: Pen­guin Ran­dom House

Price: ₹299

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