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The Colours of Earth: A Study of Indian Folk Painting

O.C. Handa (Author)

Human has been striving to make his surrounding pleasing to his senses since the earliest time. Although, his sense perception in that age had not been as discerning as of the modern person, yet the innate sense of beauty was natural to him. That is why we feel an invisible umbilical link between the primitive and the modern creative process. In the present study, that invisible link has been explored: the unlettered and unnoticed country folks have been the humble and unassuming couriers of that process from the primitive age to our times. This phenomenon has been universally similar. In most of the developed and developing countries, either that intermediate link has been swept away by the winds of changes or that is verging on extinction.

However, in India that link is still vibrant in its nostalgic charm and pristine purity in the folk paintings of the indigenous communities and rural folks. In the present study, THE COLOURS OF EARTH, an attempt has been made to discover, collate and study in depth every aspect of that folk creative process to establish its importance, relevance and dignity in the modern scenario lest that should also be swept away by the winds of market culture.

Spread in eight chapters and written in a very lucid diction, this book presents a comprehensive study of the Indian folk painting. The book is illustrated with 82 line drawings and 78 colour plates. Besides, two very important appendices, one on the Art of Tattooing and the other on the Cow dung and its Significance, further add to its importance.

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About the author

O.C. Handa

Dr. O.C. Handa is a well-known connoisseur of are and culture, and an outstanding scholar in history and archaeology, especially of the Himalayan region, having been in the field now for almost a half century. In his exploratory pursuits, he has been undertaking several expeditions, many of them the solo ones, to the far-flung nooks and corners of the Western and Central Himalayan regions. That would underscore his zeal to explore the antique but extant material evidences of history, art and culture of the Himalayan region, and his commitment to acquire the firsthand and authentic knowledge of almost all aspects of the creative enterprise of the people of this region. This quality is well reflected in his writings. He did his post-graduation in History from the University of Mysore, Ph. D. from the Meerut University and D. Litt. From the Agra University. Having come from the civil engineering background, Himachal Pradesh for several years. Dr. Handa has more than fifteen exclusive and four edited books on the art, history, archaeology and culture of the himalayan region to his credit. Besides, he has been writing articles and research papers for various national and international research journals and magazines. He has also been performing for the radio and TV. He has participated in several regional, national and international seminars and workshops and delivered lectures on the subjects of his specialty at various forums in India and abroad. He remained a member of different expert committees of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and the ministry of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India. Dr. Handa remained a fellow of the Himachal Academy of Art, Language and culture, Shimla, India Council of Historical Research, New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla at different periods. He was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi from 2001 to 2003.  He is a fellow of US-based Infinity Foundation, working on the Himalayan domestic architecture.

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Title The Colours of Earth: A Study of Indian Folk Painting
Author O.C. Handa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Pentagon Press
Language: English
isbn 9788182749252
length 328p.