Overview for Roderick Mackenzie: Life Sketch
A well-known artist of America, Roderick Dempster Mackenzie came to India in 1893 and he lived in India for long twelve years remaining involved in diversified art activities. His painting of the Delhi Durbar on the occasion of the commemoration of King Edward VII as the Emperor of India in 1904 happens to be a remarkable art work widely known round the globe. His restoration of the models of Chitor elephants in black marble in the Delhi gate is again an amazing example of sculpture pieces unparalleled in the art activity of the present generation. But his innumerable sketches and paintings of the wild life in India, of ferocious tigers in the jungles of India are not only most remarkable, but could be deemed as unique pieces. These days the Project Tiger of the Government of India, the Wild Life Foundation in Washington, USA and many Departments of Environments, Institutes, foundations, museums, zoos, art galleries round the world have been very much involved in many ways on tigers of wild forests, tiger chasing and organized efforts for increasing the tiger population in India, but nearly ninty years ago from today how an American artist made paintings and sketches of tigers living in forests of India is not only very fascinating, but awfully thrilling too. This book gives a life sketch of Roderick Dempster Mackenzie and an account of his marvelous art activities in India.
Anil Baran Ganguly (Author)
Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Ars, London. Member of the International P.E.N. and the Royal Society of Literature, London. Life member of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta, India. Took three M.A. degrees from the University of Calcutta in Literature, Fine Arts. Ancient Indian History and Archaeology. Took Ph.D. Degree in 1965 based on researches in the British Museum and India Office Library, London. Taught in the universities of Delhi and Calcutta. Lectured in the Columbia University, New York, the New York State University at Stony Brook, the Barouch College, Lexington, New York, the Staten Island College, City University, New York, the Pace University, New York and the Asia Society, New York. Author of books entitled â€œSixty-four Arts in Ancient India,â€ â€œGhadar Revolution in Americaâ€, â€œFine Arts in Ancient Indiaâ€, â€œPain of flowersâ€, (Book of English Poetry). His book of English poetry entitled â€œPain of Flowersâ€ first published in England had been highly acclaimed in all parts of Europe and America. He had given several readings of his English poetry in certain learned societies and Universities of America. He had edited an Anthology of English poems originally written in English by many eminent Indian poets for a well-known publisher of New York, world authors Ltd. Dr. Ganguly had found out a very rare and till then unknown manuscript on the religious cult of Mediaeval India from the British Museum, London, and his valuable work based on that rare manuscript was published by the University of Calcutta in 1968. Dr. Ganguly is a well recognized specialist of the Tantra cult in Mahayana Buddhism, and also he worked on different aspects of the Europeanisation of China and other Asian countries. Dr. Ganguly traveled widely in Europe and America. Currently, he has been working on the American economy with relevance e to all the south East Asian countries.