232p., 181 Col. Ills., Map, Bib., Gloss., Index, 23x31 cm.
CONTENTS:- Map of West Bengal. 1. Introduction. 2. The Genesis of Kalighat Painting. 3. Recasting the Imagery of Kalighat Painting. 4. Historical Understanding of the Kalighat Genre. 5. Articulation of the Pictorial Language. Album Section.
Kalighat Painting emerged from the changing world of nineteenth century Calcutta, with old and new images seemingly layered one upon another on a transparent plane. Traditionally inherited techniques, iconography, and artistic practices co-mingled with revivalistic Mughal court culture, Sanskrit drama, the proscenium stage, and swiftly churned out and circulated images from photo-studios and lithographic presses in the fast-growing urban centre, translating folk art forms into popular genres Sitting in the bazaar and candidly reflecting the surrounding social environment, in their work, the Kalighat painters not only became the first contemporaries of Indian art, but in a manner of speaking, anticipated the popular culture of the twentieth century that was to follow.