The Flute and the LotusRomantic Moments In Indian Poetry & Painting
This is a book about romantic moments, heart throbbing moments, soul stirring moments, enchanted moments that have inspired our poets and have been celebrated by our artists, patronised by the raja and indulged in by the praja, moments that have enlivened courts and enriched havelis, moments alive with passion and radiant with emotion, sensual moments that were born with the first glance and grew with the first touch, nurtured by the first embrace, moments of amorous pleasure and equally of heart rending pathos.
"The author has shown great effort in putting forth the quintessence of the Srinagara Rasa or the artistic expression of Romantic emotion present as a part and parcel of tradition and in works of art."
—The New Sunday Express
- Category: Art
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A chronological journey of romantic paintings will take us from early western Indian painting of the 15th century, onto the paintings of the Sultanate period, followed by the Mughal and the Deccan kalam and then on to the Rajasthani and Pahari paintings and finally a glimpse of the 19th century Madhubani and Kalighat movements.
The book will present romantic paintings, thematically arranged and by-passing chronology. While the strength of romantic paintings are the line and colour that create a luxurious vocabulary of artistic idioms and metaphors its source is the rich store house of poetry. Indian painters and patrons in their creations have shown that they are never far from the abundant images and detailed taxonomies that poetry has provided. It would not be wrong to say that these paintings are indeed visual poetry. The paintings presented here are not only from the author's personal collection but also from the Prince of Wales Museum of Mumbai, the Bharat Kala Bhavan of Benaras, the National Museum of Delhi, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum of London the Rylands Library of Manchester, the Staatsmuseum of Berlin, the Chester Beatty Library of Dublin, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the collections of noted collectors. The paintings will cover a period of about five hundred years of the romantic Indian tradition.
Romantic Moments In Poetry
Romantic Moments In Painting
Virag: The Changing Colours of Love
Chitramanjari: A Bouquet of Paintings
Krishna Shringar: Krishna of Love
Prem Rasa: Sufi Stories of Love
Shringar Kavya: The Poems of Love
Shangar and Shringar: Adornment and Love
Nayikas and Nayakas: The Heros and Heroines of Love
Barahmasa: The Seasons of Love
Ragamala: The Music of Love
Sakhis and Sakhas: Messengers of Love
Prem Katha: Stories of Love
|Number of illustrations||130|
|Size||8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), hc|
|Date of Publishing||2002|
|Rights Available||World rights|
—The New Sunday Express