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Speaking with Pictures

Chatterji, Roma:
Speaking with Pictures : Folk Art and the Narrative Tradition in India / Roma Chatterji. - New Delhi : Routledge India, 2012. - 323 S. : Ill. - (Critical Asian Studies)
ISBN 978-0-415-52301-1
Rs. 995,00 (Routledge India)
£ 65,00 (Routledge UK)
DDC: 745.0954

Speaking with Pictures is a path-breaking exploration of visual narratives in folk art. Instead of talking of the recovery of narrativity in Indian modernism through the idiom of folk art, as art critics sometimes do, this book foregrounds folk art’s engagement with modernity by re looking at its figurative modes and the ways in which they are embedded in mythic thought.
   It discusses folk art as a contemporary phenomenon which is a part of a complex visual culture where the ‘essence’ of tradition is best captured in a ‘new’ form or medium. Each chapter picks up a theme that moves between the local and the global, thereby attempting to problematise the stereotypical view of folk artists as carriers of ‘timeless tradition’. An ethnographic account of innovations that have been taking place in the folk arts is offered through a detailed analysis of the scroll painting tradition of the patuas of W est Bengal and the Pardhan-Gond style of Madhya Pradesh, highlighting some recent attempts at inter-medium exchange in storytelling, such as the use of Gond art for animation and graphic novels in the patua style.

List of Plates
1. Folk Art: What kind of Object is it?
2. Global Events and Local Narratives: 9/11 and the Chitrakars
3. Words and Images: Storytelling in Gond
4. Patua Art and the Graphic Novel: An Experiment in Intertextual Communication
5. Conclusion: Pictures and Myths
Appendix I: People of Ancient Times
Appendix II: The Chameleon’s Dreams
Appendix IIIa: The Story of Ramayana
Appendix IIIb: Abduction of Sita
Appendix IV: Sita Harana
About the Author


Roma Chatterji is Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Homepage.

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Chatterji: Speaking with Pictures