Reading Images, Seeing Texts: Aesthetic Practices in Western India in the Vernacular Millennium
An illustrated talk by Dr. Nachiket Chanchani
In collaboration with The Museum Society of Mumbai
Auditorium, Visitors Centre
Between the twelfth and sixteenth century CE manuscript culture and literary production burgeoned in Gujarat and Rajasthan. While littérateurs have striated compositions into genres and studied the morphology and semantics of the vernacular languages that they were composed in, and art historians have descriptively analyzed the styles and iconographies of illustrations in these manuscripts; text, image, and materiality have seldom been studied together. In this talk Dr. Nachiket Chanchani will consider these dimensions and narrate a new history of aesthetic practices in the vernacular millennium. He will also unravel a rich narrative of the dynamic relations among and between medieval authors, scribes, painters, and patrons in western India.