Pleasure and the Nation
Edited by Rachel Dwyer and Christopher Pinney; Oxford publishing; pp 366; Rs 595
Ten essays break new ground by exploring the relationship between pleasure, and the construction of the nation in India. The subjects covered range from nineteenth century popular mythological tracts, to Hindi and Tamil films, and the fan clubs and gossip magazines, providing an emphasis on the ethnography of consumption.
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When was Modernism
Geeta Kapur;Tulika; pp 439; Rs 875
Through essays that are interpretive and theoretical, the author seeks to situate the modern in contemporary cultural practice. She sets up an ideological vantagepoint to view modernism along its multiple tracks in India and the third world..
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Art and Swadeshi
Ananda Coomaraswamy; Munshi Manoharlal; pp 144; Rs 250
The volume is a rich collection of articles titled " Domestic Handicrafts and Culture; The International congress of Applied Chemistry 1901 and Aniline Dyes; The Function of Schools of Art in India--A reply to Mr. Cecil Burns; On the Study of Indian Art; Facial Expression in Indian Sculpture; Night Effects in Indian Pictures; Song-words of a Panjabi Singer; Poems of Rabindranath Tagore" among others..
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Artists Against Communalism
Edited by Bhisham Sahni; Sahmat; pp 166; Rs 105
…the primary social concern of an artist, writer or cultural worker in India, at this time is to confront, with all his or her talent and involvement, the growing communal menace….People have begun to give credence to the mischievious formulation that ethnic self-assertion is the order of the day and the natural outcome of earlier historical developments…." The book includes newspaper articles, pictures, art works etc that catalogue artists in their anti communalism.
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The Book in India
Edited by B.S. Kesavan; National Book Trust;
pp 92; Rs 200
This is the fascinating story of the 2000 years it took for the book to evolve. It catalogues the development of various materials, scripts, and illustrations that went into making it. Indian culture, with its guru-shishya tradition, always regarded oral rendition far superior to the written. If it was not for Buddhist and Jain priests who feared that their divine utterances would be lost if not suitably chronicled, the book in India would have appeared later than it did. Although a system of writing was prevalent even 1500 years earlier before the arrival of the Aryans.
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