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Lot 16
Book on the Patuas and Patua Art in Bengal
Estimate : 3,000 - 6,000
Year:
1999
Medium:
Printed Book
Size :
9.09 X 6.06 X 1.06 in ( 23.1 X 15.4 X 2.7 cm )
Condition:
Average
Author(s):
David J. McCutchion and Suhrid K. Bhowmik
Publisher:
Firma LM Pvt Ltd.
Starts On : 06 October 2022, 10:00 AM
Lot essay

Ideas for this book began in the sixties when David McCutchion, in the process of searching for temples in a number of Bengal districts which included Hooghly, Bankura, Burdwan and Midnapore, came to Radhanagar Raja Rammohun Roy College in the Hooghly district of Bengal. In 1966 he gave a lecture on the temples in the locality which proclaimed his especial interest in the interpretation of a particular terracotta plaque denoting a battle between Rama and Ravana. Many of those in the audience of some thousand students and other interested persons, commented on the similarities in the style of the artist responsible with that of local scroll painters (patua).

Suhrid Bhowmik who was teaching at the college gave David McCutchion a Ramayana scroll, collected in his own village of Amdabad (Purba Medinipur) and before long the two men were meeting regularly to exchange notes on, and visit, the scroll painters, despite long and arduous journeys on foot or by cycle along narrow paths by the side of canals or through the rice fields of Bengal.'

(Text from the back cover)

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