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  • David J McCutchion and Suhrid Kumar Bhowmik
    Patuas and Patua Art in Bengal

    Idea for this book began in 1960s when David McCutchion, in the process of searching the temples in the districts of Bengal, came to Hooghly district. In 1966 he gave a lecture on the temples of the locality which showed his special interest in a particular terracotta plaque depicting the battle between Rama and Ravana. Some of those in the audience commented on the similarity of style of terracotta artists with the local scroll painters or patuas.

    Suhrid Bhowmik showed a Ramayana pat to David, collected in his native village. Before long they started to meet regularly exchanging notes and to visit the scroll painters, despite long and arduous journeys along the narrow paths by the side of a canal or through the rice fields.

    So this book is the result of an eager collaboration taken up some fifty years ago in which both of the scholars exchanged and shared a deep common interest. It contains an invaluable introduction on the subject by David McCutchion and four important articles on the subject along with a collection of songs and a metrical study of the same. The book is complete with three original ‘pat’ and 32 pages of colour and b/w reproductions.

     1,500.00  1,200.00
  • DAVID J. McCUTCHION
    Unpublished Letters and Selected Articles
    Compiled and edited by Suhridkumar Bhowmick

    This book is uniquely enriched with about 70 priceless letters written by David McCutchion over a decade to the editor of this book. Beside this the book contains some invaluable writings on the temples of Bengal, about comparative religion, two unpublished articles on the struggle of East Bengal of that period and also a lot of unpublished photographs taken by David.

     225.00  200.00
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  • Taking a journey through the historic past, the present study tracks how these spices from the coasts of Kerala made their way into distant Europe, and became a catalyst of some of the greatest adventures in human history. The discovery of maritime routes and new lands, while facilitating inter-continental and cross-cultural movements, also extended Europe’s commercial traffic to the remotest parts the world. The competition for spice trade triggered a fierce competition among the seafaring powers for the imperial control over the Indian Ocean routes and the spice-producing regions, eventually culminating in the colonization of India. ell researched and amply illustrated.

     445.00  250.00
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  • ANANDA K COOMARASWAMY
    The Indian Craftsman

    Closely associated with the Tagore family of Jorasanko and the Swadeshi movement of Bengal, this eminent art-historian of the early twentieth century did not discriminate the art of the rural folk with the great religious arts of the rich and urban people. He saw it as conscientious expression of both the artisans as well as the civilization that nurtured it. Creativity of an ordinary earthen pot was equally valuable to him as with that of a gigantic temple. This is a rare and important book by Coomaraswamy who is regarded as the successor of Blake, Ruskin and William Morris in aesthetic point of view.

     160.00  120.00
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  • PAUL GAUGUIN
    Noa Noa: The Tahiti Journal

    One of the most prominent post-impressionist artists, Paul Gauguin left his family and country only to move to the country of the so-called ‘uncivilized’ Maoris for the sake of painting. There he stayed with the Maoris, noted every intrinsic details of their livelihood and collected their mythology and folklores. He detailed every aspects of them in this book, elaborated the picture of a great civilization. Added with these are reproductions of many of his black and white paintings drawn during his Tahiti days.

     195.00  150.00
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  • Nemai Ghosh
    Talking about Films
    Writings Speeches Interviews

    This is a collection of English writings, speeches and interviews of Nemai Ghosh, best known as the director of the first neo-realist film ‘Chinnamul’ that dealt with partition of Bengal during the partition of India in 1947.

     50.00
  • BHOLANATH BHATTACHARYA
    Esoteric Cults of Consort Worship in Bengal

    From the very days of inception woman breeds a sense of fear as well as devotion in the minds of man due to her mysterious relation with the process of creation. Worshipping woman as a symbol of power of creation and fertility also started from then. At the preliminary stage woman was worshipped as mother. Later, as man also found himself as a contributor in this process of creation, woman started herself being worshipped as companion. The author gives a description of these confined cults which are practised in different parts of Bengal in India for a long time.

     90.00
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  • PAUL GAUGUIN
    Noa Noa: The Tahiti Journal

    One of the most prominent post-impressionist artists, Paul Gauguin left his family and country only to move to the country of the so-called ‘uncivilized’ Maoris for the sake of painting. There he stayed with the Maoris, noted every intrinsic details of their livelihood and collected their mythology and folklores. He detailed every aspects of them in this book, elaborated the picture of a great civilization. Added with these are reproductions of many of his paintings drawn during his Tahiti days.

     50.00
  • ANANDA K COOMARASWAMY
    The Indian Craftsman

    Closely associated with the Tagore family of Jorasanko and the Swadeshi movement of Bengal, this eminent art-historian of the early twentieth century did not discriminate the art of the rural folk with the great religious arts of the rich and urban people. He saw it as conscientious expression of both the artisans as well as the civilization that nurtured it. Creativity of an ordinary earthen pot was equally valuable to him as with that of a gigantic temple. This is a rare and important book by Coomaraswamy who is regarded as the successor of Blake, Ruskin and William Morris in aesthetic point of view.

     50.00
  • Bholanath Bhattacharya
    Krishna in the traditional paintings of Bengal

    This monograph deals with the history of the pat in various parts of India, the evolution of the pat of Bengal with a special analysis of the Kalighat branch, the patuas, and lastly the history and significance of the Krishna cult in lndia in general and Bengal in particular and the place of this cult in the traditional painting of Bengal. Although the traditional pat of Bengal has had for its subject a host of religious and social themes, the present monograph seeks to introduce the reader to it through illustrations of pats from the author’s personal collection dealing with one particular Hindu deity, namely, Lord Krishna.

     100.00
  • অসীম রেজ
    চিত্রকর ফ্রিদা কাহলো : এক অনন্য নারী 

    স্বদেশ-ভাবনা এবং স্বাজাত্যাভিমান ছিল মেক্সিকোর শিল্পী ফ্রিদা কাহলো-র জীবন-আদর্শের মূল কথা। তাঁর শিল্পভাবনার কেন্দ্রে ছিল স্বাধীন ব্যক্তিসত্তার প্রকাশ। তিনি সমাজ ও ঐতিহ্যের প্রতি দায়বদ্ধতা যেমন স্বীকার করেছিলেন, তেমনই নারীসত্তার উন্মোচনে পূর্ণ স্বাধীনতা অর্জনে ব্যক্তিগত জীবন বাজি রেখেছিলেন। তাঁর শিল্পকলায় জীবন-সংগ্রাম ও কঠোর বাস্তবতা, ফ্যান্টাসি ও কল্পনা এবং আধুনিকতা ও ঐতিহ্যের এক আশ্চর্য মেলবন্ধন ঘটেছিল। একদিকে ইউরোপীয় আধুনিকতা, অন্য দিকে মেক্সিকোর সনাতন জনপ্রিয় লোকশিল্পের ধারা তাঁর শিল্পকর্মের প্রাণবিন্দু হয়ে উঠেছিল।

    ফ্রিদা-র জীবন ও শিল্পকর্মের সামগ্রিক পরিচয় নিয়ে এ বাংলার প্রথম বই।

    ৭২ পৃষ্ঠা + ৮টি রঙিন আর্টপ্লেট

     160.00
  • শুভেন্দু দাশগুপ্ত
    দেওয়াল লেখার আত্মকথা

    ‘একটা দেওয়াল। দেওয়ালের সামনে দাঁড়িয়ে আছি আমি, আমরা, কমরেড, পার্টি। দেওয়ালে শাদা রঙের পোঁচ লাগিয়ে দিচ্ছে আমাদের বিশ্বাস। গুঁড়ো নীলে সুতলি চুবিয়ে লাইন দাগিয়ে দিচ্ছে আমাদের স্বপ্ন। রঙ-ভরা টিন ধরে থাকছে আমাদের রাজনীতি। এগিয়ে দিচ্ছে আমাদের লড়াই। দেওয়ালে আঁকা হয়ে যাচ্ছে আমাদের মুক্তাঞ্চল। আমাদের দেশ। ওয়ালিং শেষ করে মুঠো-করা হাত তুলে বলে উঠলাম, লাল সেলাম।’ এই ভাবে সত্তরের আগুন-ঝরা দিনে দেওয়াল লেখার মন মেজাজ ভয় উদ্বেগ আনন্দ থেকে তার রীতি প্রকরণ রাজনীতি ও নন্দনতত্ত্ব পর্যন্ত বিশদ করেছেন লেখক। এ তাঁর একার আত্মকথা নয় তাই, হয়ে উঠেছে সময়েরই সচিত্র আত্মকথন।

    pdf version

     50.00
  • BHOLANATH BHATTACHARYA
    The Ornaments of Bengal: A Profile

    This is the story of the ornaments of Bengal as viewed in the historical perspective. The book traces the development of the ornaments of Bengal in fascinating manner with particular emphasis on how ornaments have reflected the social history of the land.

     70.00
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  • KALPANA BISWAS
    Conversation with the Maestros

    All these conversations were held between the Maestros (namely Bijan Bhattacharya, Ritwikkumar Ghatak and Salil Chowdhury) and Ms Kalpana Biswas during the period of 1976-78. Kalpana works as an independent filmmaker now. Prior to film making she had a long career in research based work. She had taken up this esteemed job as a research project in search of understanding the socio-economy of the turbulent 40’s. Published by Context Regroup.

     60.00
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  • Bharat Mansata
    Organic Revolution

    This remarkable story demolishes the myth that organic farming can never feed the world! Holistically adopted, it can also revitalise society, enhance the environment and safeguard future generations. In the current raging debate over urban-industrial uprootment of farmers, here is one example the world cannot ignore. After the Soviet Union collapsed – and the US tightened its embargo – Cuba’s Organic Revolution began suddenly, under compulsion. A decade later, in 1999, the Swedish Parliament presented the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, to the Cuban Organic Farming Association – for “showing that organic agriculture is a key to both food security and environmental sustainability.” Today, not only has Cuba’s productivity increased, its economy, health, education, energy efficiency, water security, … are all big gainers. In 2006, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Global Footprint Network declared: Cuba is the only country on earth to achieve sustainable development! The American Journal of Public Health reported a 45% decline in cardiovascular diseases. Cuba’s bio-diverse agro-ecology and forest cover exceeding 25% also counter global warming. “Increasingly, people came to believe that productive, healthy harvests could be obtained on positive cost-benefit terms, while protecting the environment, … without excessive energy use.” – Dr. Fernando F. Aguilar, President, GAO, Organic Farming Association of Cuba “Cuba offers the very first large-scale test of sustainable alternatives, … before environmental realities mandate the rest of the world embark on a sudden, wholesale switch to organic agriculture.” – Dr. P. Rosset, Director, ‘Food First’, Institute for Food & Development Policy, Washington, USA “… Cuba is creating something truly new and hopeful for all of humanity.” -Prof. R. Levins, Harvard University School of Public Health.

    Page 131, New edition

     200.00
  • অলকানন্দা সেনগুপ্ত
    ভাস্কর মীরা মুখোপাধ্যায়ের জীবনশিল্প

    বিশ শতকে এ দেশের ভাস্করদের মধ্যে সর্ব অর্থেই অগ্রগণ্যা ছিলেন মীরা মুখোপাধ্যায়। বিষয়-ভাবনায় এবং প্রয়োগ-কৌশলে তাঁর কাজ একদিকে যেমন খাঁটি দেশজ, অন্য দিকে তেমনই তা স্পর্শ করে আছে সর্বজাতিক ঐতিহ্য। শিল্পী বা ভাস্কর হিসেবে তিনি যেমন অনন্য, মানুষ হিসেবেও ছিলেন তেমনই অসাধারণ। জীবন আর শিল্প তাঁর কাছে আলাদা কিছু ছিল না, বরং দুয়ে মিলে হয়ে উঠেছিল অননুকরণীয় জীবনশিল্প। এই বইয়ের লেখিকা স্বয়ং ভাস্কর হওয়ার সুবাদে একসময়ে তাঁকে দেখেছেন খুব কাছ থেকে, এবং সেই সূত্রেই মীরা-র কাজের পদ্ধতি ও প্রকরণের দিকটি যেমন তাঁর কাছে স্পষ্ট হয়েছে, তেমনই মীরা-র কাজের মর্মজগতটিও তাঁর কাছে অধরা থাকেনি। মীরা-র অসংখ্য ভাস্কর্যের ছবি দিয়ে সাজানো এ বই একদিক থেকে অনন্য।

     60.00