LOOKING AT ART leads children into the world and sensibilities of some
of India's best known artists - contemporary, traditional and folk. It is
an engaging introduction to art and the artist through story, memoir and
biography, as well as a valuable resource for the understanding of art.
Covering diverse forms of visual expression, it gives young readers a wider
and more inclusive idea of art.
A TRAIL OF PAINT is one of a set of four books by Anjali Raghbeer
featuring contemporary artists from four different parts of India - Amrita
Sher-GiI, Jamini Roy, Ravi Varma and Maqbool Fida Husain.
Biswajit is dragged unwillingly on a culture trip, to an exhibition of Jamini
Roy's paintings. Once there, however, an encounter with an old man
leads him on to an intriguing discovery of fakes and forgers, down
Kolkata by lanes, with more excitement than he could have hoped for!
This story with art, adventure and a twist in the tail, looks at the evolution
of Jamini Roy's unique style and raises issues about integrity in art - the
importance of creating, not copying.
JAMINI ROY was born in 1887 in Beliator, in
the Bankura district of West Bengal. Inspired by
the folk art that surrounded him in his village,
he went to study at the Government School of
Art in Kolkata.
He trained in the established Western academic
tradition of art and soon became popular for
his landscapes and portraits. But he deliberately
moved away from that as well as the more
delicate folkloric approach of the Bengal School
of art, to create his own bold style that was
rooted in local culture.
He held his first exhibition in Kolkata in 1929
and received the Viceroy's gold medal for his
painting, Mother Helping the Child to Cross a Pool,
in 1935. His first international exhibition was
in London in 1946, and the Indian government
awarded him the Padma Bhushan in 1955. He
died in 1972 at his home in Kolkata, after
producing around 32,000 paintings - more
perhaps than any other modern Indian artist.
Anjali Raghbeer specialised in business with an MBA from the London Business School, UK. But she had always yearned to writer, so she then did a certificated course in feature film writing from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. She now writes film script and children's books, and some of her works have been converted into plays for children. Currently, she is busy with a major UK-based film project. She lives in New Delhi with her husband and two daughters. With a great lover for art, she conducts workshops that introduce youngsters to the world of Indian art.
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