Reflections on Mughal Art and Culture


Edited by Roda Ahluwalia


Niyogi Books

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Niyogi Books

Publication Year 2021


ISBN-10 9389136784

Hard Cover

Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)
Weight (grms) 1760

Enter the splendid world of Mughal India and explore its rich aesthetic and cultural legacy through fresh insights. Recent scholarship in this field has offered deeper analysis into established norms, explored pan-Indian connections and drawn comparisons with contemporaneous regions of the early modern world. Further studies along these lines were encouraged in a seminar held by the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai, and the formidable scholarship presented by contributors forms the content of this volume.


The articles in the book explore varied subjects under the Mughal umbrella, challenge long-held ideas and draw comparisons between the artistic expressions and material culture of the powerful Islamicate triumvirate of the early modern period—the Safavids in Iran, the European-based Ottomans and the Mughals in the Indian subcontinent.


Themes as diverse as portraits of royal women, sub-imperial patronage of temples, word-image relationship, the lapidary arts and the Imperial Library of the Mughals, are consideration of Mughal garden typologies, murals painted on architectural surfaces, the textile culture of the city of Burhanpur, changes in visual language and content of painting, and Imperial objects d’art have been discussed, challenged and analyzed. The final three articles are groundbreaking comparisons across Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal spheres. This beautifully illustrated book is sure to appeal to connoisseurs, collectors and scholars alike.




Edited by Roda Ahluwalia

Roda Ahluwalia is an independent scholar of South Asian Art, with an interest in painting and the book arts, religio-philosophical thought and the material culture of South Asia. She is currently a visiting scholar of Jnanapravaha, Mumbai, where she lectures on Mughal, Deccani and Pahari painting for the ‘Indian Aesthetics’ programme and a member of the Governing Board of the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai. She previously lectured at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and was responsible for curating and tutoring an adult-education course titled ‘1500 Years of Indian Painting’ for the British Library/Birkbeck University. She has been a guest lecturer on various occasions for the Indian Art Circle, London. She has worked with the Rajput painting and manuscript collections of the British Museum and the British Library. Among her publications are a book titled Rajput Painting, Romantic, Divine and Courtly Art from India (2008) and various articles on Indian Painting. She was responsible for the art historical metadata of a volume of a 17th century illustrated Ramayana manuscript from Mewar, part of a joint project between the CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, and the British Library, London. She currently divides her time between Mumbai and London.