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In the Absence of Jagannatha
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 300 x 230mm
All colour; 167 photographs; 116 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 9381523347 | ISBN-13: 978-93-81523-34-6

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This “micro art history study” documents in its first part all known samples of anasara pati-paintings, i.e. annually produced pictures on cloth which serve as temporary replacements for the then absent wooden icons in temples of Lord Jagannatha in Puri and South Orissa. Since the iconography of this type of ritualistic paintings is defined by tradition and has to be strictly adhered to by the painters; changes in iconographic details and even stylistic features can only be minimal. Nevertheless minor deviations occur. By carefully viewing these paintings, the exact range of variations, the scope for idiosyncrasies, personal liberties and preferences, and the perpetuation of changes in the production of these religious pictures can be pointed out in the face of an ideology advocated and severely controlled by temple authorities that doesn’t permit something like “change” but believes in the permanence of eternal values and forms. In the second part of the book the authors reconstruct the history of anasara-pictures. Here the focus is on why do two different iconographies for the Jagannatha triad co-exist and under what conditions these painted “classical” triptychs may have been invented and made to stay.



Dinanath Pathy
Dinanath Pathy
Author

Dr Dinanath Pathy is a practicing painter, cultural historian and creative writer. He has published sixty books in English, German and Odia. Some of these have been written in collaboration with Dr. Eberhard Fischer. He has exhibited extensively in India and abroad. He is the recipient of the President of India Silver Plaque for Painting, Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for Research and Orissa Sahitya Academy Award for creative writing. At present, he is the Director, Alice Boner Institute Varanasi and Chairman, Angarag, an international journal focussing on performing and visual arts.

Eberhard Fischer
Eberhard Fischer
Author

Eberhard Fischer is an art historian and cultural anthropologist. Till recently he was the Director of the Museum Rietberg Zurich. Dinanath Pathy is a practising contemporary painter, art historian and creative writer. He has significantly researched into the pictorial art traditions of Orissa, its traditional and contemporary nuances, has published extensively, designed and curated international exhibitions.