ISBN 9789383098897,Nala and Damayanti: A Great Series of Paintings of an Old Indian Romance

Nala and Damayanti: A Great Series of Paintings of an Old Indian Romance

Author:

B.N. Goswamy

Publisher:

Niyogi Books

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ISBN 9789383098897
Publisher

Niyogi Books

Publication Year 2015
ISBN-13

ISBN 9789383098897

ISBN-10 9383098899
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 262 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Painting

Three things come magically together in this remarkable series of paintings - a great text, a delectable old romance and the work of one of the most talented families of painters known to Indian art. The text is the 12th century Naishadhacharita of Sriharsha, one of the last great kavyas of Sanskrit literature. The story, told with the utmost delicacy, centers around the intense love that grew mutual sights heard of, but yet unseen between King Nala and Princess Damayanti and the painter family that produced this exquisitely painted series came from the small principality of Guler in the Pahari hills - todays Himachal Pradesh.

The intent of the painter/s was to cover the story in close to 110 paintings, but for reasons unknown, the work was interrupted - only 47 paintings could be completed all of them now in the collection of the Amar Mahal Museum and Library at Jammu and here published the remaining having survived only in the form of highly finished drawings. But none of this interferes in the slightest with the magic that the paintings weave.

About the Author

B.N. Goswamy, a distinguished art historian, is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has been the recipient of many honours, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, the Rietberg Award for Outstanding Research in Art History, the Padma Shri (1998) and the Padma Bhushan (2008) from the President of India. Professor Goswamy has taught, as Visiting Professor, at several universities across the world. Among his many publications are - Pahari Masters - Court Painters of Northern India, The Word is Sacred; Sacred is The Word - The Indian Manuscript.
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