Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Kalighat paintings : from the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata edited by Suhashini Sinha and C. Panda.
Kalighat Painting evolved as a unique painting style in the rapidly urbanizing cityscape of the 19th century Kolkata. A pleasing blend of the old and new techniques, these paintings recorded the changes in lifestyles, values, and an altogether new visual vocabulary. The artists, who developed this new painting style, were the traditional scroll painters who migrated from rural Bengal and settled in the vicinity of the Kalighat temple, Kolkata.
For the first time in India, a touring exhibition, ‘Kalighat Painting’, was recently organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in collaboration with the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. Accompanying the exhibition, this volume presents the finest examples from both the V&A and the VMH – that were displayed, together with the works by today’s artists. The book also includes scholarly essays on the key aspects of Kalighat paintings.
Suhashini Sinha is Assistant Curator at the V&A, London. Professor C. Panda is Secretary and Curator of VMH, Kolkata.