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India’s Vernacular Arts: Mediatory Processes and Multiple Modernities by Prof. Jyotindra Jain

Friday, December 22, 2017, 06:00pm - 08:00pm
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33rd Coomaraswamy Memorial Lecture

Organised in collaboration with the Museum Society of Mumbai


About the topic

Weaving around the timeless and continuously mutating indigenous traditions of art, the talk will interrogate the role of mediatory processes comprising extra-cultural transgressions into operative and comparatively well-anchored vernacular visual expressions.

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[Ganga Devi: Detail from her epic work "The Cycle of Life", showing an unborn child in the womb longing to be born; Crafts Museum, New Delhi, 1983-85]

About the speaker

Formerly Director of the National Crafts Museum, New Delhi, and Professor at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jyotindra Jain was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, and Humboldt University in Berlin. He has extensively published on Indian folk and tribal arts as well as popular visual culture, including Painted Myths of Creation: Art and Ritual of an Indian Tribe; Ganga Devi: Tradition and Expression in Mithila Painting; Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World; and Picture Showmen: Narrative Tradition in Indian Art.

About the lecture

The Coomaraswamy Memorial Lecture was instituted by the Trustees of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) in 1979 and has been a prestigious annual event of the Museum. Many reputed scholars such as Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr. B.N. Goswamy, Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, Dr. Lokesh Chandra, Dr. Anne Vergati, Dr. Partha Mitter, Dr. Ashok Ranade, Dr. Malavika Sarukkai, Dr. Devangana Desai, Dr. Saryu Doshi, Dr. N.P. Joshi, Prof. Barun De, Dr. Vidya Dehejia, Prof. Romila Thapar and many others have delivered these lectures earlier.