Speaking with Pictures: Folk Art and the Narrative Tradition in India
About the Book
Speaking with Pictures is a path-breaking exploration of visual narratives in folk art. Instead of talking of the recovery of narrativity in Indian modernism through the idiom of folk art, as art critics sometimes do, this book foregrounds folk art’s engagement with modernity by re looking at its figurative modes and the ways in which they are embedded in mythic thought.

It discusses folk art as a contemporary phenomenon which is a part of a complex visual culture where the ‘essence’ of tradition is best captured in a ‘new’ form or medium. Each chapter picks up a theme that moves between the local and the global, thereby attempting to problematise the stereotypical view of folk artists as carriers of ‘timeless tradition’. An ethnographic account of innovations that have been taking place in the folk arts is offered through a detailed analysis of the scroll painting tradition of the patuas of W est Bengal and the Pardhan-Gond style of Madhya Pradesh, highlighting some recent attempts at inter-medium exchange in storytelling, such as the use of Gond art for animation and graphic novels in the patua style.
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780415523011
EAN: 9780415523011
Publisher Date: 12 Jun 2012
Binding: Hardcover
Continuations: English
Edition: 1
Illustration: Y
LCCN: 2012337669
No of Pages: 299
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 23 mm
Width: 146 mm
ISBN-10: 041552301X
Publisher: Routledge India
Acedemic Level: English
Book Type: English
Depth: 32
Height: 222 mm
Language: English
MediaMail: Y
PrintOnDemand: N
Series Title: Critical Asian Studies
Sub Title: Folk Art and the Narrative Tradition in India