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Chalcolithic Pottery Paintings

Veena Datta (Author)
Synopsis Much before the great river valley civilisations took root in the flood plains of the Ganga and Yamuna, the Chalcolithic cultures had grown in the river valleys of the Central India and Deccan. These cultures of the copper age flourished primarily along the river valleys of the Narmada, the Chambal and Son and their tributaries. These Chalcolithic people were illiterate. There is no evidence of any written script. The only decipherable records of this civilisation are the pottery paintings on the sherds of broken earthen ware discovered at many of these ancient sites. These simple and elegant paintings open up an ethno-universe of surprising diversity and vibrance. They present a fascinating glimpse into those ancient tribal cultures. Dr. Datta, has carried out a fascinating study of these Chalcolithic pottery paintings. She has painstakingly compiled a compendium of the various motifs, designs of human and animal figures encountered in these paintings, and has analysed and classified them in detail. She discovered regional stylistic variations and unique creative expressions that characterised the paintings found in each river valley. The paintings of the Navdatoli sites are so elaborate and unique in stylistic content that they may well qualify as the first distinguishable school of painting in ancient India. This book is a fascinating voyage of discovery through the aeons of time. Through her study of the Chalcolithic paintings, Dr. Datta has opened up an entire ethno-universe of great beauty and primaeval splendour.
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About the author

Veena Datta

Dr. Veena Datta, was born in Jabalpur - the banks of the sacred river Narmada which was once the seat of the Chalcolithic civilisation in India. She did her schooling from St Joseph's Convent in Jabalpur and went on to study Commercial Art in New Delhi. Later she did her Post Graduation in Fine Arts from the Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur. Veena Datta taught Commercial art at Jabalpur for many years. Dr. Datta is an accomplished painter and held many exhibitions of her works and won numerous prizes and accolades. She is also a skilled sculptor and expert on fabric paintings and textile designing. It was her rich background in the fine arts which impelled her guide Dr. R.K. Sharma to assign her the fascinating study of Chalcolithic Pottery Paintings for her Doctoral Thesis. She brought to this study the stand point of empathy. Not only was she born in the Narmada river valley but as an artist, she was eminently qualified to empathise with the Chalcolithic pottery painters. Her current passion is creating exquisitely beautiful ceramic pottery on which she paints the Chalcolithic motifs and designs of the Copper age in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Chalcolithic Pottery Paintings
Author Veena Datta
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185616655
length 252p., Figures; Plates; References; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.