Shanu Lahiri’s world: A peep into art and love for art

Shanu Lahiri, D.Lit (2003), has been an established artist, educator, social worker, speaker, writer and illustrator. Her artistic career spanned over six decades. She was born in Calcutta, India in a family famous for art, which included the noted litterateur Kamal Kumar and eminent artist Nirode Mazumder. Continue reading Shanu Lahiri’s world: A peep into art and love for art

Thal of Chamba: A piece of Gaddi heritage

The thaals are entirely and painstakingly handmade. Most commonly embossed images are the nine avatars of Vishnu, Ashtalakshmi the various forms of Maa Durga, Radha-Krishna and Shri Ganesh. The brass-made traditional ritual plate of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh is the Exhibit at Veethi Sankul of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya of Bhopal. Continue reading Thal of Chamba: A piece of Gaddi heritage

The Representation of Warfare in Japanese Art: Samurai and the Paint-Roller

One can hardly imagine two human undertakings less alike than war and the visual arts. The warrior is accustomed to a regular diet of brute force and a harsh disregard for human life. The artist, by contrast, usually enjoys calm surroundings. Still, the two pursuits have been so fundamental to every society known to history, both are so universal that they are often regarded as inborn to humanity – that they have never fully remained apart. Continue reading The Representation of Warfare in Japanese Art: Samurai and the Paint-Roller