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Art and Independence: Y.G. Srimati and The Indian Style

John Guy (Author)

The career of Y.G. Srimati—classical singer, musician, dancer and painter—represents a continuum in which each of these skills and experiences merged, influencing and pollinating each other.

Born in Mysore in 1926, Srimati was part of the generation much influenced by the rediscovery of a classical Sanskrit legacy devoted to the visual arts. Soon swept up in the nationalist movement for an independent India, she was deeply moved by the time she spent with Mahatma Gandhi. For the young Srimati, the explicit referencing of the past and of religious subjects came together in an unparalleled way, driven by the conscious striving for an indigenous agenda. This experience gave form and meaning to her art, and largely defined her style.

As John Guy demonstrates in this sumptuous volume, as a painter of the mid and late twentieth century, Y.G. Srimati embodied a traditionalist position, steadfast in her vision of an Indian style, one which resonated with those who knew India best.

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About the author

John Guy

John Guy is Senior Curator of South and South-East Art in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  He has organized a number of exhibitions, most recently Indian Art and Devotion (Barcelona and Madrid, 2007), and contributed to many catalogues, including Encounters: the meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800 (V & A, 2004), La Sculpture du Champa (Musee Guimet, Paris, 2005) and Chola Bronzes (Royal Academy, London, 2006).  Major publications include Oriental Trade Ceramies in South East Asia (1986), Ceramic Traditions of South East Asia (1989), Arts of India: 1550-1900 (1990, co-ed.), Indian Art and Connoisseurship (1995, ed.), Vietnamese Ceramies: A Separate Tradition (1998), and Woven Cargoes.  Indian Textiles in the East (1998).  He is currently preparing a catalogue to the Indian sculpture collections in the V & A.

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Bibliographic information

Title Art and Independence: Y.G. Srimati and The Indian Style
Author John Guy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789385360404
length 144p., 63 Colour Photographs; 66 Colour Illus.