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Private lives and interior spaces: masculine subjects in Ravi Varma’s scholar paintings

Niharika Dinkar

in Empires of Light: Vision, Visibility and Power in Colonial India

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781526139634
eISBN:
9781526150387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526139641.00014
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter examines the discourse on light and shadow in two paintings of scholars by Ravi Varma that use chiaroscuro to depict men reading within the interiors of a westernised home. Ravi Varma ... More


Impossible subjects: the subaltern in the shadows

Niharika Dinkar

in Empires of Light: Vision, Visibility and Power in Colonial India

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781526139634
eISBN:
9781526150387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526139641.00015
Subject:
Art, Art History

Taking a small portrait by Ravi Varma of a scholar reading in the glow of a lamp as a servant waits upon him in the background shadows, this chapter evaluates the emergence of the elitist figure of ... More


Purdah hai purdah!’: proscenium theatre and technologies of illusionism

Niharika Dinkar

in Empires of Light: Vision, Visibility and Power in Colonial India

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781526139634
eISBN:
9781526150387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526139641.00011
Subject:
Art, Art History

Countering the predominantly literary analysis of Parsi theatre, this chapter reassesses theatre as the site of many experiments with visual technologies as the proscenium stage introduced a fixed ... More


Image-Inspired Poetry and the Art of Compromise

Sujata S. Mody

in The Making of Modern Hindi: Literary Authority in Colonial North India

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780199489091
eISBN:
9780199093922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199489091.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Chapter 3 further examines Dwivedi’s visually oriented strategies to establish literary authority amidst resistance, especially from critics who publicly decried his brand of poetry as crude, and ... More


An Indian in Paris: Cosmopolitan Aesthetics in Colonial India

Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

in Indian Philosophy in English: From Renaissance to Independence

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199769261
eISBN:
9780190267605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines the question of authenticity concerning Indian aesthetics during the colonial period, with particular emphasis on some of the complex ways in which race and aesthetics ... More


Empires of Light: Vision, Visibility and Power in Colonial India

Niharika Dinkar

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781526139634
eISBN:
9781526150387
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526139641
Subject:
Art, Art History

Beyond its simple valorisation as a symbol of knowledge and progress in post-Enlightenment narratives, light was central to the visual politics and imaginative geographies of empire. Empires of Light ... More


Becoming a New Brahmin in Modern India

Adheesh A. Sathaye

in Crossing the Lines of Caste: Visvamitra and the Construction of Brahmin Power in Hindu Mythology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199341108
eISBN:
9780190233556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341108.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the active role of Viśvāmitra’s mythological persona within the social history of colonial and postcolonial India over the last century—within the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, ... More


The Story of Modern Indian Art

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Revisited: Conversations on Continuity and Change

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195689440
eISBN:
9780199080342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195689440.003.0023
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

Modern Indian art can trace its origins to pre-Independence India, which was when Western influences had started making an impact on Indian art. In the course of her interview, Geeta Kapur discusses ... More


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