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Kalamkari Temple Hangings

by Anna L. Dallapiccola and Rosemary Crill

A first of its kind, this volume presents a fully illustrated compilation of 19 kalamkari pieces from the V&A collection.
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222 x 286 mm | 8.75 x 11.25 in
Hardcover | 192 pages
120 colour illustrations
ISBN:
978-93-85360-04-6 (Mapin)
978-1-935677-62-8 (Grantha)?
 
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Table of contents

Introduction
 
The Ramayana: ‘Contructed, Killed and Brought’ 
 
Ramayana Chirala
Ramayana Machilipatnam
Ramayana Srikalahasti
Ramayana Srikalahasti (English captions)
Ramayana Sri Lanka
Ramayana: Selected Scenes
Balakanda Madurai
Yuddhakanda Madurai
 
Krishnacharita Coastal Andhra
 
Two Episodes from the Mahabharata
 
The Killing of Shishupala Madurai
The Duel between Karna and Arjuna Madurai
 
Two Ganga Hangings
 
Ganga Dupatti Machilipatnam
Ganga Dupatti Machilipatnam
 
Mahalakshmi Pithakam Machilipatnam
 
Introduction to Holy Sites
 
Sri Subrahmanya Temple, Tiruchendur
Sri Subrahmanyaswami Temple, Tirupparankunram
Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, Srirangam
Alagar Koyil Chittirai Festival
 
The Life of Christ Srikalahasti
 
Bibliography
Glossary
Acknowledgements

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Description

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has the world’s most important collection of 19th-century temple hangings from South India. Commissioned by Hindu temples and monasteries (maths), and by individuals for religious use, the hangings were produced in the kalamkari style of hand drawing, mordant-dyeing and painting. Striking in artistry, and imposing in size, these temple hangings represent a complex technique that reached its highest expression in southern India.
 
The majority of these pieces are from coastal Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu, with one extraordinary Ramayana hanging from Sri Lanka. All of them date from the 19th century except for one astonishing 20th-century hanging from Srikalahasti, depicting the life of Christ in the traditional Hindu kalamkari style. 
 
A first of its kind, this volume presents a fully illustrated compilation of nineteen pieces from the V&A collection, accompanied by translations of their inscriptions, and a summary of the story depicted therein. The ‘frame-by-frame’ analyses of these narratives yield a fascinating range of stories, from versions of the Ramayana to local epics. 
 
Bringing this previously unpublished collection together, the book provides us with a new look at the remarkable variety of regional artistic traditions, and allows us to celebrate the master craftsmen whose names are now known to us.
 
Anna L. Dallapiccola is Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University. She was Professor of Indian Art at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University from 1971 to 1995, and has presented number of papers and authored many books on the subject.
 
Rosemary Crill is a Senior Curator in the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her most recent publication is The Fabric of India (V&A, 2015)

 

 
 

Praise

"Apart from the complexities of the artwork they represent, these kalamkaris offer an insight into storytelling and how these epics have been retold in innumerable ways with regional variations but without disturbing the main narrative."

                                                       --Diana Ningthoujam, Times of India

 

 

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