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Paintings of the Razmnama: The Book of War

Ashok Kumar Das,Stuart Cary Welch

ISBN 10: 8188204501 / ISBN 13: 9788188204502
Published by Mapin Publishing/ Grantha, 2005
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Razmnama or The Book of War is the Persian translation of the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The Mughal Emperor Akbar took a personal interest in the translation project and invited learned men, well-versed with the work, from all over the country to help some of his best Persian scholar-courtiers prepare the most authentic text possible. Once this was complete, master painters at his atelier produced a lavishly illustrated copy for his personal use. Akbar then invited his nobles to get copies often text made for themselves. Out of the three copies made, the three-volume Razmnama in the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, is the only one complete with 81 miniatures. Most of these images are full-page ones and the text bears the name of the scribe and date of completion-1605. the paintings are of great interest to students of Mughal painting as they combine the finest elements of the Mughal court style with the narrative style of storytelling. Some of the most popular Mahabharata stories were chosen by the painters and instead of composing two or three separate paintings they incorporated different stages of narrative details within the frame of a single image. The overall style is refined and clearly follows the court style during the closing years of Akbar?s reign. The 1605 Razmnama is a key document for the study of Mughal painting during the beginning of the 17th century. CONTENTS: Introduction; 1. The Making of Razmnama 2. Imaging the Razmnama : The Razmnama Manuscript for Akbar and Other Copies 3. The Birla Razmnama 4. Catalogue of Illustrations Printed Pages: 192. Bookseller Inventory # 4416

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Title: Paintings of the Razmnama: The Book of War

Publisher: Mapin Publishing/ Grantha

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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Paintings of Razmnama or The Book of War is the Persian translation of one of the great Hindu epics of India, the Mahabharata. The Mughal emperor Akbar took a personal interest in the translation project and a lavishly illustrated copy was prepared for his personal use. Out of the three copies made, the three-volume Razmnama in the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata is the only copy that is complete with 81 miniatures that bear the name of the scribe and the date of completion, 1605. The paintings combine the finest elements of the Mughal court style with the narrative style of storytelling.

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Asok Kumar Das is currently Visiting Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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