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Volume 65 Number 3, March 2014

A Passionate Eye

Textiles, Paintings and Sculptures from the Bharany Collections


Edited by:  Giles Tillotson

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $68 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   156 pages, 160 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-93-83243-00-6  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    Rarely in the history of collecting art in India has a father-son duo remained involved for as long as the Bharanys of Amritsar and Delhi. This book tells the remarkable tale of the aesthetic adventure of two generations of Bharanys – Radha Krishna and his son Chhotelal, spanning over a century.
         It begins with an essay by Pratapaditya Pal placing the role of the Bharanys in the wider context of collecting in this field. This is followed by Chhote Bharany’s personal recollections of learning the trade from his father, and his interactions with many of the leading scholars, experts, famous writers, museum directors and connoisseurs of the 20th century. Giles Tillotson explores Chhote Bharany’s aesthetic, emotional and spiritual response to art in the intellectual context of his time. In Part Two, experts on textiles and other arts each highlight one aspect of the collections, together covering items from as far afield as Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Bengal, Punjab, Kerala and Rajasthan.
         Showcasing the Bharanys’ personal collection and other objects donated to or purchased by museums, this book will be an eye-opener to those intrigued by how works of art are brought to light, how great collections are put together, and how such works are appreciated and understood. 

    Giles Tillotson was formerly Reader in History of Art at SOAS (University of London). He is currently Consultant Director (Research, Publications & Exhibitions) at the City Palace in Jaipur. He edited two earlier Marg volumes, Stones in the Sand: The Architecture of Rajasthan (2001) and James Tod’s Rajasthan (2007). 

     

    Foreword
    Kapila Vatsyayan                                                                               

    Preface                                                                                                          
    Giles Tillotson

    PART ONE: THE COLLECTORS
    A Tale of Two Bharanys and Collecting Art in British India                  
    Pratapaditya Pal

    Recollections
    Chhotelal Bharany                                                                             

    Form and the Divine: The Shaping of Chhote Bharany’s Vision                                   
    Giles Tillotson

    PART TWO: THE COLLECTIONS
    Notes on Six Pahari Paintings
    Vijay Sharma

    Sculptures from Kerala: Form and Performance                                     
    Mallica Kumbera Landrus

    Kashmir Shawls                                                                                           
    Monisha Ahmed

    Nakshi Kantha from Bengal                                                                                   
    Anjan Chakraverty

    Phulkari and Bagh from Punjab                                                    
    Vandana Bhandari

    Bharany Bhaav: The Dilemma of Modernism                              
    Vibhuti Sachdev

    Index

    Contributors