Parul Singh, Prof. Philip Lutgendorf, Prof. Richard Schechner
(Detail) Building a Bridge to Lanka, Lankakanda Fol. 3r, PTG.02343.
MAP is delighted to announce an online launch of our recently released publication, the Book of Gold: The Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras edited and co-authored by the late Kavita Singh and Parul Singh. Join us for a panel discussion between leading scholars exploring the intersections between art history, literature and performative practices through their relationship to the Kanchana Chitra Ramayana.
The publication brings together for the first time over 75+ folios of the Chitra Ramayana, an ambitious illustrated manuscript made for the royal court of Banaras between 1796 and 1814. With six essays by leading scholars from various disciplines including art and architectural history, literature, religion and performance studies, the Book of Gold: The Kanchana Chitra Ramayana of Banaras provides an interdisciplinary context to our understanding of these folios, and advances scholarship on courtly painting in the 19th century.
In this session, Parul Singh the co-editor of the book introduces the publication, highlighting its most important aspects and moderates a discussion between contributors, Prof. Philip Lutgendorf and Prof. Richard Schechner.
This book has been published in conjunction with the eponymous exhibition curated by the late Kavita Singh and Parul Singh, on view at MAP until March 2024.