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Tradition and Modernity in Indian Arts During the Twentieth Century

Neelima Vashishtha (Author)
Synopsis The present monograph, Tradition and Modernity in Indian Arts, is an exhaustive study of the concepts of tradition and modernism in visual arts of painting and sculpture. It tries to unveil the untouched and lesser known facets of Indian artistic tradition during the first half of the twentieth century. The author has discussed the efforts of groups of thinkers, social workers and artists for the search of identity and idiom of Indian artistic tradition and it transformation into modern. The work starts with the hypothsis that tradition and modernity are not opposed to each other but parts of a continuous process. It explodes the general view that Indian artistic tradition was lost before the advent of British education. The emergence of Bengal School and its attaining the status of a national modern school of painting has been illustrated with supportive arguments. This work highlights the role of the pupils of abanindranath and Nandalal Bose as promoters and transformers of Indian tradition into modern throughout India. It also succinctly deals with the interaction of these artists with other art centres at Bombay, Delhi and Madras. The common thread between them was that artists at all centres resisted intervention of the British Government in art education. Some of the centres were inclined to adhere to tradition. Others opposed it in the beginning but after experimentation in Western idiom of art reverted to their roots and enriched Indian tradition by assimilating in it the western techniques of art.

The book presents a comprehensive picture of the status and developments in painting and sculpture and other graphic arts in India during the first half of the twentieth century. It contains 79 coloured illustrations and 28 black white figures.
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About the author

Neelima Vashishtha

Dr. Neelima Vashishtha is M.A. in Sanskrit and also Drawing and Painting. She worked as a Tagore Fellow on Sculptural Traditions of Rajasthan and obtained her Ph. D. on this subject from the University of Rajasthan , Jaipur. She served as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

Dr. Vashishtha has specialized in Art History and Aesthetics and has chosen Rajasthan as a part of her wider studies on Indian art history. She worked on Representation of Ramayana Themes in Vishal Arts of Rajasthan, as Senior Research fellow, ICHR, New Delhi, and also on Tradition and Modernity in Indian Arts during the Twentieth Century, as fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. She five publications to her credit. Her work entitled Sculptural Traditions of Rajasthan ca. 800-1000 AD, has been acclaimed in the academic circles. Besides, she has published a large number of research papers on art history and has also participated in several national and international seminars.

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Title Tradition and Modernity in Indian Arts During the Twentieth Century
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.03.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053900
length xviii+226p., 79 Plates; Figures; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.