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Nathdwara Paintings from the Anil Relia Collection: The Portal to Shrinathji

Kalyan Krishna (Author) Kay Talwar (Author)

Nathdwara, located in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan, is home to Shrinathji, a fifteenth-century manifestation of the child-god Krishna holding up Mount Govardhan. Since the establishment of the haveli (temple mansion) in 1671, artists have flocked to the sacred town to adorn the walls where Shrinathji dwells with painted cloth hangings as well as to provide painted icons for the pilgrimage trade. At one time there were hundreds of artists in the service of Shrinathji. This catalogue explores Anil Relia’s comprehensive collection of Nathdwara paintings and sketches, celebrating the wide-ranging talents of various artists. The painters are creators of icons and storytellers of Krishna’s exploits. Krishna lives in their everyday lives permeating their thoughts and guiding their brushes. At the same time, they record important events in temple history and portraits of the people who participated in these affairs. The paintings that document festivals adhere to a traditional hieratic style, but the artist displays a freer hand in telling the exploits of Krishna. A prominent artist showcased in this collection is Ghasiram Hardev Sharma, a master draughtsman with a penchant for naturalism. He influenced a whole generation of twentieth-century artists and is still held in high esteem.

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About the authors

Kalyan Krishna

Kalyan Krishna is Professor and Head of the Department of History of Art at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), from where he obtained an M.A. in Art History. He also holds an M.A. in Museum practice from the university of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Mughal Painting of the Akbar Period from BHU. Dr. Krishna was formerly a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the University of Syacuse, New York, and Curator at the Calico Museum of Textiles Ahmedabad. Among his publications are pigment Paintings on Cloth and Indan Costumes. Dr. Krishna is a follower of pushti Marg.

Kay Talwar

Kay Talwar holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan. Since the publication of Indian Pigment Paintings on Cloth by her and Kalyan Krishna, she has been involved in the Indian community of Los Angeles, promotingd and supporting Indian art and Angles, culural activties. For six years she served as Chairman of the Southem Asia Art Council at the Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nathdwara Paintings from the Anil Relia Collection: The Portal to Shrinathji
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.11.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789389136722
length 268p., 293 x 230cm.