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New Insights into Sikh Art

Kavita Singh

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ISBN 10: 8185026602 / ISBN 13: 9788185026602
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Contents: 1. Introduction/Kavita Singh. 2. The Sikh tradition in the pre-modern period/Pashaura Singh. 3. Brick by sacred brick: architectural projects of Guru Arjan and Guru Hargobind/Gurmeet Rai and Kavita Singh. 4. Illustration and illumination in Sikh scriptural manuscripts/Jeevan Singh Deol. 5. Allegories of good kingship: wall paintings in the Qila Mubarak at Patiala/Kavita Singh. 6. The changing face of things: little-known "Sikh" portraits from Patiala/B.N. Goswamy. 7. Symbols of identity: photographs of a people/Divia Patel. 8. Twentieth-century Sikh painting: the presence of the past/Urmi Kessar. 9. The Khalsa heritage complex: a museum for a community?/Anne-Colombe Launois (Sat Kaur). Index."Sikh art is usually identified with the glittering court of Ranjit Singh at Lahore. Assuming that the achievements of Lahore are well known, this book looks further afield, at other courts and other non-courtly settings for art, seeking our fascinating and important aspects of Sikh art and cultural heritage that have not often been studied before. Presenting original research on fresh areas, the articles offer new perspectives on the subject."A major contribution of this volume is its focus on sacred objects and sites which derived not from the art-activity of a royal court, but developed under the direction of the Gurus themselves, or through the collective patronage of a community looking to fulfil its sacred needs. Beginning with an essay that explains important theological developments within Sikhism, the book moves on to study the building projects commissioned by two Gurus: the saintly Guru Arjan, and his warrior son Guru Hargobind. Their personalities encapsulate the double saint-soldier ideal within Sikhism, and their building projects reflect the changing character of the Guruship. Another important paper studies a range of manuscripts of the holy book itself, the Adi Granth Sahib. Here we see the evolving format and style of decoration of Adi Granth manuscripts, and it is explained in terms of major cultural shifts in the Panjab from the 17-19 centuries. "The two essays in this volume that deal with courtly arts both focus on painting at Patiala. One looks at the grand royal frescos in the palace, whose iconographic programme reflects ideals of kingship and is meant to amplify the goodness and the glory of the kings. The other essay looks at the "Personal notes" made by the same painters who made the murals-quickly executed and stunningly immediate portrait-sketches of people from the bazaar. The murals and the sketches are both of high quality, and both are unusual and hardly known, suggesting other wonders waiting to be discovered at other Sikh courts."Finally, the book looks towards the present and the future with essays on the images of and by Sikhs in the modern and contemporary world. This includes the image of Sikhs in photography, from early portraits to today's fashion images; the attempts of early-modern Panjab artists to give form to the Sikh ethos and history; and the grandiose project for the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib, that is now under construction and when complete, will probably form the Sikh community's definitive image of itself." (jacket) 148 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 49558

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Title: New Insights into Sikh Art

Publisher: Marg Publications

Binding: Hardcover

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This book seeks out fascinating and important aspects of Sikh art and heritage that have not often been studied before. Beginning with an essay on theological developments within Sikhism, it moves on to study the building projects commission ed by the saintly Guru Arjan and his warrior son Guru Hargobind. New Insights into Sikh Art

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Kavita Singh is Faculty at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She trained as an art historian at MS University of Baroda and at Panjab University, Chandigarh. She has had a research fellowship at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a curatorial internship at the Asia Society, New York, and has been guest curator at the San Diego Museum of Art, California. She was also Research Editor at Marg, one of the major art journals in India. She has written on Indian classical and folk painting in publications such as Marg and Orientations; her current work is on the history and politics of the museum in India. Publications in this area include the collection No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: Modalities of the Museum in India (co-edited, forthcoming), Repatriation without Patria: Repatriating for Tibet, Journal of Material Culture (2010), The Temple s Eternal Return: Swami Narayan Akshardham Complex in Delhi, Artibus Asiae (2010), and The Universal Museum: View from Below, in Witnesses to History: A Compendium of Documents and Writings on the Return of Cultural Objects (2009).

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