Thanjavur’s Gilded Gods: South Indian Paintings in the Kuldip Singh Collection
Thanjavur paintings remain among the most popular artworks in our homes—avidly collected but little understood. Thanjavur’s Gilded Gods explores Kuldip Singh’s unique collection of Thanjavur and Mysuru paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to the process of conserving and preserving these works, the book also looks at the contemporary status of this art form. Priced at Rs.2,800/-
About the Authors
Anna L. Dallapiccola, formerly professor of Indian Art at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University, is Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University. Her most recent publications are South Indian Painting: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection (2010); The Great Platform at Vijayanagara (2010); Indian Painting: The Lesser Known Traditions (2011); Kalamkari Temple Hangings (2015) and Reverse Glass Painting in India (2017). A monograph on the Lepakshi temple, co-authored with George Michell, is forthcoming. She is presently collaborating with Anila Verghese on a research project concerning the art of the Vijayanagara successor states.
Kuldip Singh is an architect and town planner, functioning as a consultant on important urban design projects. During extensive travels over 40 years in South India he gathered a collection of Thanjavur and Mysuru paintings. He is selftaught about the art and crafts of South India, and recently organized a conservation laboratory in his office at Delhi where the work of dating the paintings continues.
R.G. Singh is the Secretary of Ramsons Kala Pratishtana, Mysuru, an art trust. He has been collecting Mysuru paintings since 1987, and has been instrumental in patronizing the revival of this style. A sizeable collection is housed in a private museum of the trust. He has lectured extensively on art and heritage, written several monographs and organized exhibitions.
Marg is a Mumbai-based not-for-profit publisher whose mission is to encourage an understanding of Indian art in the broadest sense of the term. It strives to light up “many dark corners” in India’s cultural landscape and to spark debate on all aspects of heritage among academics, critics and interested general readers. Marg’s quarterly books, published simultaneously with the magazine from 1977 to 2009, have since diverged into independent publications, each a landmark contribution.
The book has been supported by the Murugappa Group and TVS Motor Company Limited.
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“Thanjavur’s Gilded Gods” : South Indian Painting in the Kuldip Singh Collection by Anna L. Dallapiccoola with Kuldip Singh and R. G. Singh. The authors will make presentations in a session chaired by Ranvir Shah, Founder Trustee of Prakriti Foundation at 6pm on Monday, August 27th, 2018 at The Folly, Amethyst, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai.