Overview for Glimpses of Paintings from Kala Mandapa of Jnana Pravaha
Indian miniature paintings have a rich and variegated tradition that ranges from the earliest known examples painted on slender, palm leaf folios in Buddhist monasteries to Company paintings. Glimpese of Paintings from Kala Mandapa features miniature paintings from the Neotia Collection, Kolkata on display at the Kala Mandapa of Jnana Pravaha, Centre for Cultural Studies of Varanasi, that include some remarkable examples representing prominent painting schools and styles of India: the palm leaves and wooden manuscript covers of the Pala style (AD 800-1200), 16th century Tibetan Buddhist thangkas, paintings of the major Rajasthani scholls, and Ramayana paintings and portraits of the Pahari style. It presents excellent reproductions of art masterpieces of great historical value such illustrated folios of the Devasano Pado Bhandara Kalpasutra and the Samgrahanisutra, and the Ragamala and Amaru Sataka illustrations of the Malwa School. The introduction of the portfolio is by Dr. Anjan C
Anjan Chakraverty (Author)
Anjan Chakraverty lives in Varanasi. After his post-graduation in creative painting he did his doctoral research on 'Landscape in Indian Miniature Painting'. His book, Indian Miniature Painting, was published in 1996. He shares his time between painting and teaching art history at the Faculty of Visual Art, Banaras Hindu University.