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Dhokra Art of West Bengal

Rangankanti Jana (Author)

The Present monograph cobtains the available archaeological and literary data on the 'Lost Wax Process' as well as the field survey on the Dhokra artisans of Bikna (dist. Bankura, West Bengal) and Daripur (dist. Burdwan, West Bengal).

In this work an attempt has been made to read the data from all possible angles and to give the Dhokra Art from a distinct place in the world of metal art. It is hard to determine the actual antiquity of this living art tradition in West Bengal and also in the other areas of the subcontinent. Again the 'Madhucchistavidhanam' which is occurred in the ancient Indian literature, corelates how much with the "Lost Wax Hollow Casting" process as followd by these Dhokre artisans, is being examined.

Critically examining the products of all the recent settlements in West Bengal the Dariapur art from and the Bikna art form may obviously be considered as the representatives of Dhokra Art of West Bengal.

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About the author

Rangankanti Jana

Presently the Curator of the Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Burdwan, West Bengal, Rangankanti Jana (b. 1961) is an alumnus of the Presidency College, Kolkata and the department of Ancient Indian History and Culture, the University of Calcutta.

He is an internationally famed Art Historian and Social Scientist. Among his several works-the Descriptive Catalogue of Sculputures of the Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Burdwan (2001); Churi O Kanchi Slipa (2012) are noteworthy. A number of research papers have been published in the different reputed journals of India and abroad. His main area of interests are-Indigenous tecnhological traditions of Bengal, Early Medieval socio-cultural history of Bengal, Histroiography of Bengalee Historians writings on the history of ancient Bengal.

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Title Dhokra Art of West Bengal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.03.2013
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788190513470
length 120p., 24 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Some Colour; 19 x 23cm.