Tuesday 30 January 2024

Book of Gold: Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras Publication Launch at JLF and Talk with Kamini Sawhney


Book of Gold: Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras Publication Launch at JLF and Talk with Kamini Sawhney l Beyond Borders: ART INSTITUTIONS AND INNOV-ART-ATIONS at India Art Fair Grounds. We wanted to check your interest on attending the same.


  1. Book of Gold: Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras Publication Launch at JLF

We are excited to announce that MAP will be launching the Book of Gold: The Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras publication at JLF.  The programme is scheduled on February 3rd, 2024, at 5 pm at the Mughal Tent at Hotel Clark Amer. Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art and Photography will be inaugurating the book at JLF. She will also be conversing with one of the authors of the publication, Prof. Philip Lutgendorf. 


Your presence can play a vital role in highlighting the launch of the book and the highlights of the aspects of this rich manuscript. Request you to please let us know if you would be interested in attending the same, and we will connect you to our representatives at the event.


Please find below further details on Book of Gold: The Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras.


Book of Gold: Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras Publication Launch at JLF

Venue: Mughal Tent, Hotel Clark Amer

Date: February 3rd, 2024

Time: 5:00 PM (IST)

 About Book of Gold: The Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras:

'Book of Gold: The Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras' offers a scholarly exploration with six essays by leading experts in art, architectural history, literature, and religion. Uniting 75 folios of the Chitra Ramayana, a previously undiscovered manuscript created for Banaras' royal court between 1796 and 1814, these folios are showcased at MAP in an exhibition curated by Prof. Kavita Singh and Dr. Parul Singh.


Prof. Kavita Singh's introductory essay addresses the historical, religious, literary, and artistic contexts. Prof. Philip Lutgendorf explores the societal impact on Tulsidas' Ramcharitmanas, and Dr. Parul Singh highlights prior attempts to illustrate Rama-kathas. Dr. Heeryoon Shin delves into Banaras' architectural projects, and Prof. Anjan Chakraverty traces the art patronage history. Prof. Richard Schechner contrasts the exclusive Chitra Ramayana with the populist Ramlila. Concluding with a Note on Style and image reproductions, the book sheds light on 19th-century North Indian miniature painting traditions. Providing a unique interdisciplinary perspective, this invaluable resource bridges disciplines and eras and invites scholars, and enthusiasts to explore the intricacies of 19th-century North Indian courtly painting and manuscript paintings.


Editor Bios:

Kavita Singh

Kavita Singh (1964-2023), an eminent Indian art historian, was associated with the School of Arts and Aesthetics (SAA) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she served as Dean and also taught courses on the history of Indian painting and the history and politics of museums in South Asia, from 2001.


Parul Singh

Parul Singh is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the interdisciplinary program 4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, supported by the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin. She specialises in pre-modern visual and material culture with a focus on South Asian art.

Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bengaluru Situated in the heart of Bengaluru, the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) opened its doors on February 18th, 2023, with a dedicated mission to democratise art. Spanning five floors, MAP’s collection of over 60,000 artworks, primarily from South Asia, ranges from the 10th century to the present. Launched in 2020, MAP's digital museum employs innovative methods to connect with audiences, offering curated online exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, and high-quality content such as blogs, essays, and interviews. This approach aims to actively engage and connect with new audiences, particularly those unfamiliar with the arts



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