Krishna in the traditional paintings of Bengal_e-version

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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.

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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. As a uniquely popular subject, the Krishna cycle has fired the imagination of the artists in every branch of folk art including painting not only in Bengal but everywhere in India. ln order to appreciate the Krishna pats of Bengal in their proper perspective it is necessary to have some notion about the place of Krishna in the art, including painting, of Bengal, which is elaborated here.

123 pages, 2.46 MB

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