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November 07, 2017


Krishna/Arjun, God/Man, Eternity/Time, Painting/Song: Reading Some Miniature Paintings about The Gita from Mewar (1680-1698), to be delivered by The Eminent Literary Scholar, Prof. Alok Bhalla.

On Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 - Time: 5:30 p.m. Venue: Lecture Hall, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology Campus, Nr. Gujarat University, Ahmedabad

This talk is a critical reading of selected Gita miniatures from a collection of 570 paintings from Mewar. These miniature paintings are unprecedented in Indian art history. This set of folios itself is part of about 5500 illustrations of the Mahabharata painted in 1680-94 and commissioned by Rana Jai Singh. The artist was, perhaps, Allah Baksh. The Mewari translation of each verse is by Pandit Kisandas. The paintings of the Mahabharata are horizontal indicating the story's movement from a mythic...
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New on Display : 8 new out-line drawings of Durga on display, Pahari School; End of 18th century A.D.
September 21, 2017

This festive season L.D. Museum and N.C. Mehta Gallery, invites you to view 8 new out-line drawings of Durga on display, Pahari School; End of 18th century A.D.

Devi or the female goddess in Indian texts, widely referred to as Shakti, is a very unique phenomenon in Indian culture and Hindu religion. Majority of religions subscribe to the view that the god is masculine, whereas according to Hinduism the God is the creator of the universe and also the 'life factor among the living beings'. This creator God can be entirely male, or entirely female (creatrix) and of course also male and female in unison. Worship of the female element and its personification as Mother Goddess are the earliest spiritual leanings during the dawn of human civilization. So also is the phenomenon in the Indian subcontinent as well during the emerging phase of Hindu religion. From goddess of fertility, agriculture, protector from diseases, the seers and philosophers conceptualised eventually a larger...
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Image of the International Yoga Day: Seated Neminath, Dark Greenish Marble, Gujarat, 10th century A.D.
June 21, 2017

Seated Tirthankara (dark stone) is in meditative posture (yog?sana or padm?sana). The stunningly handsome seated Tirthankara is rendered in simplified naturalism as in Akota bronzes. An amazingly similar seated Tirthankara is in an American Collection, also in dark coloured stone/marble, has been dated to 10th century A.D., due to its stylistic affinity with Akota bronzes. It is relevant here to mention that in Kalpasutra texts Mahavira's physical beauty is described in superlative terms. The l?nchhana (symbol) at the base appears to be the diamond, which is associated with Shantin?th. However, Neminatha is associated with bluish black colour. The seated meditative posture (as distinct from the standing K?yotsarga posture) symbolizes nirvana, implying the liberated siddha.

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