Author: P LalPublisher: Writers WorkshopYear: 2001Language: EnglishPages: 75ISBN/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 InvocationKrishna & Arjuna by Paritosh SenGanesha Writing down the Mahabharata by Surendranath GangulyThe Mahabharata Kathak-Scribe by Abainindranath TagoreArjuna by Sudhangshu Shekhar GangulyArjuna's Tapsaya & TemptatiuonArjuna and Chitrangada by Gaganendranath TagoreArjune Returns Victorious with the Yajna HorseWelcoming Arjuna in Manipura-rajyaThe Rajsabha of Kamsa of MaTHURAYasoda and Krsna by Pulinbihari DattaKrna theButter ThiefRadha and Krishna by Manindra Bhushan GuptaKrishna-Indra SambadSri Krishna & Arjuna by Nandlal BoseKrishna Sabves Bhima with Narayana MissileArdhanarisvara bvy Chaitnyadev ChattopadhyayaKrishina Holding Aloft Goverdhana Hill by MolaramVata-Krsna - Floating on the Waters of CreeationKamala-LakshmiGanga by Ash\wini Kumar RaoyBhisma Carrying-Away Amba by Sudhangsu Sekhar ChoudhuryBalarama's Self-Desired Deathg by Upendrfa Kishore Roy ChoudhuryMadri Commits Sati by Nandalal BosedGandhari by Nandalal BoseKunti by Nanadalal BoseDraupadi by Narayan Prasad VarmaDamyanti by Nansdalal BoseDamayanti's Svayamvara by Nandlal Bose Abhimanyu Seeks Blessings at Sakti MandirYama & Naciketa by Priyanath SinhaDronacarya by Satyendranagth BandopadhyayaKaca and Devayanti by Abanindrath TagoreJanamejaya Starts the Snake SacrificeSiva by Nanalal BoseSiva Dancing the Tandava by Nanadalal BoseNataraja's Tandava Dance Before Daksa's YatnaHara and Paravati by Asit Kumar HaldarHara-Paravati by Pratima DeviMahamani Duryodhana by Nanigopalo DasguptaRaja Duryodhana & Sakuni DiscussingDuryodhana Sakuntala's Letter by Raja Ravi VarmaUrvasi by M D NatesanUrvasi by Charu RoyDeparture of Urvasi by Raja Ravi VarmaMahaprasthana by Devi Pradad Roy ChoudhuryYamuna & Ganga by Nandalal BoseThe Tapasya of DhruvaSisupalal Accudees Krishna at the Rajasuya by Raja Ravi VarmaKanva Blesses Sakuntala by Visvanath DhurandharaDraupadi & Simhika by Raja Ravi VarmaThe Disrobing of Draupadi by E Stuart HardyArjuna & Krishna at Kuruksetra by Pramod Kumar ChattopadhyayaYudhishira Ascent to Heaven by Upendra Kishore Roy ChoudhuryValedictory Address by P Lal