A Portfolio of Mahabharata Paintings

A Portfolio of Mahabharata Paintings

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Author: P Lal
Publisher: Writers Workshop
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 75
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175959002


A feast of paintings provided by painters of the Bengal Renaissance and after. Most of the paintings in this portfolio have been reproduced from the Probes Press edition of Ashram Dais's Bengali version of Visa's epic.

Writing on "Depiction of the Mahabharata Scenes in Indian Art" in The Mahabharata Revisited, Rai Anand Krishna concluded ".. Some scenes have been reported from stray examples in terracotta art of Bengal temples of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Modern painters of the Bengal School have also used the Mahabharata scenes, but that would require an independent study.." Indeed, it would - and this small volume may be treated as an hors d'ocuvre to the feat of paintings provided by painters of the Bengal Renaissance and after. Most of the paintings in this portfolio have been reproduced from the prabasi Press edition of Kasiram Das's Bengali version of Vyasa's epic, which was edited by Ramananda Chatterjee in 1926. Lyrical, romantic, other-worldly, this-worldly, spiritual, brutally real, evocative, horrific, horripilating, serene, cathartic - here is life's plenty.

The wondrously vivid pictorial richness of the Mahabharata is fascinating.


The Invocation
Krishna & Arjuna by Paritosh Sen
Ganesha Writing down the Mahabharata by Surendranath Ganguly
The Mahabharata Kathak-Scribe by Abainindranath Tagore
Arjuna by Sudhangshu Shekhar Ganguly
Arjuna's Tapsaya & Temptatiuon
Arjuna and Chitrangada by Gaganendranath Tagore
Arjune Returns Victorious with the Yajna Horse
Welcoming Arjuna in Manipura-rajya

The Rajsabha of Kamsa of MaTHURA
Yasoda and Krsna by Pulinbihari Datta
Krna theButter Thief
Radha and Krishna by Manindra Bhushan Gupta
Krishna-Indra Sambad
Sri Krishna & Arjuna by Nandlal Bose
Krishna Sabves Bhima with Narayana Missile
Ardhanarisvara bvy Chaitnyadev Chattopadhyaya
Krishina Holding Aloft Goverdhana Hill by MolaramVata-Krsna - Floating on the Waters of Creeation

Ganga by Ash\wini Kumar Raoy
Bhisma Carrying-Away Amba by Sudhangsu Sekhar Choudhury
Balarama's Self-Desired Deathg by Upendrfa Kishore Roy Choudhury
Madri Commits Sati by Nandalal Bosed
Gandhari by Nandalal Bose
Kunti by Nanadalal Bose
Draupadi by Narayan Prasad Varma
Damyanti by Nansdalal Bose
Damayanti's Svayamvara by Nandlal Bose

Abhimanyu Seeks Blessings at Sakti Mandir
Yama & Naciketa by Priyanath Sinha
Dronacarya by Satyendranagth Bandopadhyaya
Kaca and Devayanti by Abanindrath Tagore
Janamejaya Starts the Snake Sacrifice
Siva by Nanalal Bose
Siva Dancing the Tandava by Nanadalal Bose
Nataraja's Tandava Dance Before Daksa's Yatna
Hara and Paravati by Asit Kumar Haldar
Hara-Paravati by Pratima Devi

Mahamani Duryodhana by Nanigopalo Dasgupta
Raja Duryodhana & Sakuni Discussing
Sakuntala's Letter by Raja Ravi Varma
Urvasi by M D Natesan
Urvasi by Charu Roy
Departure of Urvasi by Raja Ravi Varma

Mahaprasthana by Devi Pradad Roy Choudhury
Yamuna & Ganga by Nandalal Bose
The Tapasya of Dhruva
Sisupalal Accudees Krishna at the Rajasuya by Raja Ravi Varma
Kanva Blesses Sakuntala by Visvanath Dhurandhara
Draupadi & Simhika by Raja Ravi Varma
The Disrobing of Draupadi by E Stuart Hardy
Arjuna & Krishna at Kuruksetra by Pramod Kumar Chattopadhyaya
Yudhishira Ascent to Heaven by Upendra Kishore Roy Choudhury

Valedictory Address by P Lal