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Svaraj - A Journey With Tyed Mehta`s `shantiniketan Triptych...
Svaraj - A Journey With Tyed Mehta`s `shantiniketan Triptych`
 
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Author : Ramachandra Gandhi
Publisher : Vadehra Art Gallery
ISBN# : 81-87737-02-6
Pages : 238
Price :INR 1500
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This book records a double journey of inquiry; into the symbolism of Tyeb Mehta`s `Shantiniketan Triptych`, painted in 1985, and the deeper meaning of `Svaraj`, which is self-realisation. The journeys overlap, illuminating one another because, as Ramchandra Gandhi has attempted to show, `Shantiniketan Triptych` as a three-panelled portrait of the distortion of self-awareness neccessitated by exclusivist self-identities, individual and collective, secular and religious, and the recovery of the integrity of selfhood in inclusive self-realisation: the realisation that we are all things, and nothingness too. The inquiry inevitably throws light on the flawed independence of of India in 1947, self-realisation distorted by exclusivist communal self-identities, and on the ongoing, annihilationist war between secular insensitivity and religious fundamentalism, fueled by exclusivist ideological self-identities. The author has sought to bring to his understanding of a great work of contemporary Indian painting, and its historical contexts, the perpective of Indian philosophical spirituality especially Advaita Vedanta.
 
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