Bangalore Bangalore International Centre in association with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) had arranged an Illustrated talk on “Tanjore Paintings – All that glitters is gold” byMr.PradeepChakravarthy. Renowned author of “Thanjavur – A Cultural History” and other books at BIC on Saturday, 13thSeptember 2014 at 6.30 PM.
Mr. PradeepChakravarthy gave a detailedpresentation about the Thanjavur paintings through a power point presentation. During his presentation, he informed that from prized possessions that commanded the respect of the household and being the center of rituals to craft items that are sold by the dozen online, Tanjore paintings have from the 18th century to the 21st century come a long way. Saved from near extinction and given a new but aesthetically questionable new lease of life, everyone who knows anything about traditional Indian painting has heard about them. We may decry the “flashy gold” and “robotic poses”, but cannot but marvel, when we see the best examples of the attention to detail and the magnetism they have among diehard collectors across the world and as icons for the devout. He also explained how the Thanjavur paintings are closely related to Vedas.
The 40-minute talk by Mr. PradeepChakravarthytraced the history of painting in Tanjore and examined how Tanjore paintings evolved as a painter’s answer to an issue we grapple with today – what is it to be secular? It was a highlighter to learn the secrets of a few masterpieces in private and public collections across the world.
A large, appreciative audience actively interacted with MrPradeep Chakravarthyafter the screening was over.