This book explores the transformation of Bengal folk art in the paintings of Jamini Roy and considers how the folk idiom met his bid for aesthetic independence; if Jamini Roy defined himself by forging a new trajectory for modern art in India, one is required to ask: what is modern about his art, and what is Indian about it? The questions of self-definition and identity thus form a continuous theme throughout this work.
A Collector’s Perspective: Foreword by Nirmalya Kumar
1. Setting the Scene
2. Modern Indian Art in the Making
3. Jamini Roy and the Folk Art Paradigm
4. Urban Patua
Conclusion: The Making of “Jamini Roy”