Through Icy Peaks and Mauve Rivers:
Professor BN Goswamy takes us on 'A Sacred Journey' through Pahari paintings.
In this talk, based on his recent book, A Sacred Journey, Professor BN Goswamy decodes a series of hitherto un-identified Pahari paintings from the Kedara Kalpa manuscript, a relatively unknown Shaivite text from Rajasthan. The paintings depict the journey of five pilgrims through uncharted territory to have a darshan of Shiva in Kailash.
From snow capped frontiers to golden stretches of land, the uncommon resolve in the minds of pilgrims to the feeling of triumph at the end of the expedition, traverse a range of geographical, emotional, and spiritual terrains in this illustrative lecture.
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This is a physical event in collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre.
BN GoswamyArt Historian
BN Goswamy is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Panjab University, Chandigarh. His work on Indian paintings, which has gained him the title of being India’s leading art historian, has inspired a lot of thought and conversation in the field. He has received the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, the Rietberg Award for Outstanding Research in Art History, the Padma Shri (1998) and the Padma Bhushan (2008). Prof Goswamy has taught as a visiting Professor at several universities across the world such as Universities of Pennsylvania, Heidelberg, California (at Berkeley and Los Angeles), and Zurich. He has also been responsible for major exhibitions of Indian art at Paris, San Francisco, Zurich, San Diego, New York, Frankfurt, and New Delhi.
Prof Goswamy has written over 25 books, among them classics such as Pahari Masters (Zurich, 1992); Nainsukh of Guler (Zurich, 1997); The Spirit of Indian Painting (Penguin, 2014); and The Great Mysore Bhagavata (San Diego, 2019).