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Wood Handicraft

 
Madhu Jain (Author) O.C. Handa (Author)
Synopsis The wood-based arts and crafts of Saharanpur are well-known the world over today for their hand-crafted workmanship and distinctive designs. This book attempts to establish a continuity of the art-movement in the Ganga-Jamuna Doab region. Effort has been made in the present work to systematically trace the origin of this art to the indigeneou roots and bring out the stages of its development through the course of history to its present position. In order to discover the roots of the art of wood-carving in the indigenous soil, strenuous field-exploration, collection and collation of diverse source-material, most of it of unconventional category had to be undertaken. It could be found that while the art of wood-carving has in the past remained largely confined to the structural embellishment of the aristocratic mansions of the wealthy merchants and nobles, in our times it found expression on small decorative and utilitarian items--furniture, toys, curio and novelty items, etc. The scope of this study has been extended further to the interiors of the mountainous north, where the architectural relics of the classical age still exist, so that a continuity of the classical art and architectural traditions may be established and a parallel drawn between the theme and style of the classical sculptural architecture of the yore and the carved wooden entranceways of the old havelis of Saharanpur. It is hoped that this work shall pave way for further and more exhaustive researches on this handicraft, and many other ones, in other regions of the country.
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About the authors

Madhu Jain

Madhu Jain was educated at Connecticut College in the United States, following which she did her master’s in literature from Delhi University and studied French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. In the seventies she worked as a reporter for the Statesman, moving towards the end of the decade to Sunday magazine to write on politics, foreign affairs and culture. She was also the New Delhi correspondent with the French national daily, La Croix, for a decade before she joined India Today in 1986, where she remained until 2000. Since then she has written for several publications, including Outlook and the Hindu, on contemporary life, art and cinema. She has curated two art exhibitions – Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai on kitsch and the contemporary imagination and the other on the painter Viswanadhan. Madhu Jain lives in Delhi with her physicist husband Krishna Jain. They have two children.

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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Bibliographic information

Title Wood Handicraft
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173871035
length 100p., Figures; Tables; Plates; Map; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.