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Daughters of India: Art and Identity

 
Stephen P. Huyler (Author)
Synopsis One in Every six women in the world lives in India, more than the combined female populations of North America, the European Union and the Middle East.  Yet most people outside India know little about Indian women, who often receive confusing and inaccurate press.  Daughters of India profiles twenty women from diverse communities ranging from the rice paddies of far southern India to the plantations of the Himalayas and from the dry western deserts to the verdant east coast.  Differing in age, economics, social status, privilege, treatment and opportunity, they represent everywoman.  In their battles against adversity, their own words express their innate strength.  All of these women are connected by a single thread: creative expression.  Indian women are often completely unconscious of their artistry and it is only recently that they have drawn any attention.  In these chapters, artistry is combined with individual women’s words and stories to portray the empowerment of Indian women. Daughters of India is about change in the face of almost impossible odds, personal initiative that carves out a new identity and implacable insistence on the recognition of human rights.  A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit the Global Fund for Women, the Self-Employed Women’s Association, and Folk Arts Rajasthan, as well as other organizations that work to empower women, a full list of which appears in the back of this book.  Daughters of India is a stories of twenty women from individual communities spread throughout India.  These diverse women are united by the strength of their spirits and their determination to improve their lives and those of their children.  The varied forms of their creative expression provide graphic windows into their lives.  The women of Daughters of India convey an evocative integrity as they directly meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.
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About the author

Stephen P. Huyler

Author and Photographer Stephen P. Huyler has spend three-and-a-half decades documenting Indian art as it relates to ritual and society. As a cultural anthropologist conducting field research across the length and breadth of India, Huyler has been a guest in innumerable Indian homes.  His mentors in India and abroad have always been women.  They have encouraged his efforts to accurately portray the character of Indian womanhood.  Huyler’s photographs have appeared in many exhibitions, including those he has curated at major museums internationally.  Daughters of India is his fifth published book.  He lives with his wife, Helene, in Camden, Maine.

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Bibliographic information

Title Daughters of India: Art and Identity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.09.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788189995010
length 263p., Plates; Maps; Index; 31cm.