UPCOMING

Shringara – the many faces of Indian beauty

PUBLISHED

Artistic Visions and the Promise of Beauty Cross-cultural perspectives

Chapter 7, Valli and Devasena Dr. Alka Pande

Divine Gesture: The Magnificence of Mewar Spirituality

Edited by Dr Alka Pande

Divine Gesture: The Magnificence of Mewar Spirituality is undoubtedly an important art historical document. The book serves as a catalogue for the 308 sculptures that are a part of the collections of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur.

Leela – An Erotic Play of Verse and Art

Dr. Alka Pande, Published by HarperCollins 2009

Leela is a collection of Indian poetry from ancient to contemporary times, complemented by some extremely refreshing and original photographs, graphics and paintings. The book emerges from the celebration of sensuality and desire in the Indian cultural landscape, where eros is a part of everyday life. Drawing from the classical texts, Bhakti poets and Sufi mystics, and moving on to the bold canvas of contemporary verse, it presents a mood-filled bouquet meant to be enjoyed in a lover’s company or alone.

The selection of poems, arranged chronologically, shows how the use of the erotic expression has changed over the ages. It moves from celebration to shame and desire, from Radha-Krishna to the couple-next-door.

The visuals – contributed by some extremely talented Indian contemporary artists and photographers, as well as two Americans who work with Indian themes – are highly erotic and aesthetic. They brilliantly illustrate the efflorescence of Indian visual arts in the global context. The works are starkly modern yet deep-rooted in the Indian erotic tradition and are a delight to the senses.

This intimate book is for lovers to read together, or the perfect gift for someone you love. Leela is love play among the gods and mortals – captured magically on these pages by the imaginative matching of verse and art. The singular emotion that drives the verse in this collection is shringara as love, embellishment and beauty.

In an increasingly busy world where the demonic appetite for consumerism is gobbling up sensations and emotions, we literally need moments to step out of the frame and lose ourselves in the pleasure of the senses. This bedside companion is for those who wish to inhale its mood, catch their breath, and savour the beauty within their souls.

 

Indian Art

The New International Sensation

The collector’s handbook provides a bird’s eye view of the dynamic multi vocal shifting canvas of contemporary Indian art practice. Right from tracing the origins of drawing and painting in Indian art, the book also introduces Indian aesthetics. Crossing boundaries within the Indian art practice the book is an abc for the ‘new’ or ‘young’ collector’s. It is also a companion for an art lovers, from appreciating and understanding Indian art to framing, lighting, insuring and restoring it, the book is a must have for anyone interested in Indian visual culture.

Art has always elevated the soul, and this book is virtually food for the soul. It provides every kind of nourishment to a buyer with a hunger to simply have a collection, which inspires which in later times becomes a legacy to the coming generation.

Art is more than a mere investment, it is also an indulgence, a celebration of life. And with this book Dr. Alka Pande engages with art and enters the dynamic canvas of contemporary art practice through the aesthetics and philosophy of collecting.

As art jumps into the domain of the market, the appreciation and naturally the collection of art also undergoes a change. Art practice too finds its own challenges and dynamics. From ‘Swanthsukh’, or pleasure for the soul, the production of art is directed towards the demands of the market. A buyers market art is now in the seller’s market. In the face of such change I think a book like the collector’s handbook becomes almost mandatory.

It is becoming increasingly important for a buyer to be personally informed.

Collecting art in the present commercial domain is like collecting a precious jewel. As the 3 C’s – cut, clarity and carat became important in the value for art, knowledge, information and the sense of art history becomes vital in building a collection. Certain basic questions become the barometer of building a serious and significant collection.

The book provides important nuggets of information from getting started to the basics of painting, which are all expressed in the book.

Comprehensive and insightful the USP of the book is that not only does it inform the reader about the aesthetics of Indian art, its origins and manifestations, it goes much beyond. The book becomes an iconic resource for any art lovers. Some important highlights of the book include.

  1. Appreciating Indian Art,
  2. How to Read an Art Object
  3. Understanding Indian Aesthetics
  4. How to Build a Collection
  5. How to Preserver and Conserve a Collection
  6. Display of Art, two dimensional and Three Dimensional Art
  7. Important Dealers and Galleries
  8. Time Line of Indian Art Practice

The Collector’s hand book becomes a virtual Bible for those who are entering the frame and domain of contemporary Indian art practice. Even if you’re thinking about collecting art if not buying it, one must understand the people who sell and promote the works. The book will guide you from getting started to the very basics, moving onto the different styles and voices.

To order your own copy of the book, contact:
Manoj Kulkarni
Manjul Publishing House

Registered Office Address:
10, Nishat Colony,
Bhopal – 462 003
Tel: +91 755 4240340 / 2545952
Email: manjulpublishinghouse@gmail.com

 

The New Age Kama Sutra for Women

Dr. Alka Pande & Lance Dane

The New Age Kama Sutra for Women is a celebration of the sensitivities of the 21st century woman through the gaze of a woman. Unlike most translations and interpretations of the Kama Sutra which have been authored by men and naturally, therefore, adopt a male bias, this boofe crosses the boundaries of the classical treatise on the aphorisms of love, transposing its context to the modern day.

With gender roles undergoing changes in sensibilities, with the ‘New Age’ woman playing a more empowered role in society, the relationship between a man and a woman must perforce gain a new perspective. Strident feminism is not the answer for satisfactory and fulfilling male-female bonding. It is not a question of a battle of the sexes to gain the upper hand: it is all about the appreciation of the nuances of being a woman, of her natural urges and attributes, her well-being and contentment that makes this boofe as important for male readership as it is for the softer gender.

Written by a noted art historian, who has been immersed in an in-depth study of sexuality and gender issues, this boofe is a corollary to the classical Kama Sutra. Sensuously appealing in its carefully selected images, the most natural, the most beautiful, the most sacred of all relationships unfolds through the pages as a meaningful and inspiring read for all couples today.

 

Ardhanarishvara, The Androgyne

Dr. Alka Pande, Published by Rupa & Co.

Heterosexual, bisexual, transgendered, third gender, transexual, gay…same-sex love, hermaphrodite, cross-dressing, femininity, masculinity… from straitjacketed definitions, some of which bear the stigma of ostracisation, the twenty-first century is finally ready to probe the challenging confusions and dynamics of the ‘accepted’ and ‘aberrant’.

While Western perceptions have always classified human beings into either male or female, the Indian belief in the androgynous nature of human stems from the divine concept of Ardhanarishavara – literally half man-half woman. More a Philosophical construct than a social or cultural expression, the divine nature of this ideology lent it an initial acceptability. Today, however, it has emerged from the closet as a social manifestation, causing the blurring of traditional sex roles.

Does your anatomy determine your gender? Are environmental influences responsible for moulding gender identities? Is there a man in every woman and a woman in every man? What determines the ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’? Is it a matter of tolerance, taboo or traeding a path of realisation and acceptance that the human race is diverse and sexual expressions differ?

Ardhanarishvara – The Androgyne: Probing the Gender Within a book that dares to challenge, question, muse over, analyse and compel you to stretch the frontiers of your mind towards the hard-hitting reality of gender expression. Thoroughly researched and appropriately illustrated, it propels you through the uncharted territory of the ‘different’. A must-read for those with any genuine interest in the human race.

To order your own copy of the book
Contact
Rupa & Co.
7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj,
New Delhi- 110002

 

Masterpiece Of Indian Art

Dr. Alka Pande, Published by Lustre Press, Roli Books 2004

Illustrated from museums across the world, Masterpieces of Indian Art is a rich and stunning portrayal of the most precious treasures of Indian art. Extensive photo research and detailed examination of every facet of the arts make it nothing less than a book of illustrated art history.

Its scope stretches across nearly four millennia, and it covers ground beginning from the art of the Harappans to Chola bronzes, Mughal miniatures, and the exquisitely crafted jewellery and textiles of India. Written by an expert whose reading of art history for the ordinary reader manages to be both simple and subtle, it is both lucid and thorough. Ambitious in its range, meticulous in its details, and insightful in its commentary, Masterpieces of Indian Art is a jewel of a book.

To order your own copy of the book contact roli@vsnl.com

 

Chinese Erotica

Dr. Alka Pande, Published by Roli Books 2002

InterPro is a leading global provider of business process outsourcing services. We deliver transcription services, contact center solutions, document management, enterprise portal development, employer services, medical revenue lifecycle support, and technology development and support.

InterPro partners with each of our clients to achieve three goals: to satisfy the needs of their end-customers, to streamline their processes and to improve their profitability, but we recognize that one company cannot be all things to all industries. To truly partner with customers, a company has to develop an expertise in their market sectors – to know what works and what doesn ít, what is effective and what is possible.

That ís what we do. Where other firms research industries from a distance, InterPro steps right into your world. Through partnerships and selective recruitment, we have built teams of experienced industry professionals in the Medical and Financial Services industries – talented people with reputations for excellent work and a desire to become part of a quality team. These teams focus their talents and industry expertise to quickly achieve the goals of our clients.

Through these industry professionals, we already have a view of our clients industries from the inside. We see the opportunities that our clients see, and feel the pain that the industry feels. We know where our clients want to go, and develop ways to help them get there.

To order your own copy of the book contact roli@vsnl.com

 

A Celebration of Love

Article : Myriad Moods of Love, by Dr. Alka Pande
Published by Roli Books 2004

Harsha V. Dehejia has gathered a galaxy of scholars from around the world to take the reader on a journey that celebrates the romantic heroine in the Indian arts. It is a visually rich journey which takes us to opulent havelis and bucolic groves. temples and courtyards, where we meet kings and nobility and also artists and artisans, as we hear whispers of gopis and the footfalls of Krishna. We encounter the nayika in miniature paintings and temple sculptures, pothis and calendars, dance and music but above all hear resonances of her heart throbbing longingly in our own selves for ultimately the nayika in the Indian tradition is a paradigm of the perennial quest of mankind for a divine and transcendent love.

At the heart of the many and varied artistic expressions of the romantic Sentiment is the nayika or the heroine. Her various adornments and trysts, the many moods of her love realized through amorous moments of longing or belonging, her strong presence in the Krishna lore and equally in the Sufi narratives, her portrayals in the Ragamala and the Barahmasa traditions of poetry and painting, through the beautiful depictions in miniature paintings as well as popular arts, have captivated our attention through the many centuries of Indian artistic representations. Her footfalls have been heard in courts and temples, she has been celebrated by the raja and the praja, she has presence in homes and mansions and her persona resonates in enchanted forests and groves. She is all this and more, but above all she is the epitome of perfect beauty and the paradigm of the seeker of ultimate reality.

In these essays, she comes alive in all her splendour and radiance, she captures our attention through her sheer sensuality as she looks into the mirror and prepares for that special moment. She delights in the many romantic situations and brings alive the concept of bhakti shringara or a certain spirituality that can only arise from indulging in love, but above all she stands self-assured and dignified. Whispering that not only is there truth in love but that love is truth.

To order your own copy of the book contact roli@vsnl.com

 

Indian Erotic Art

Published by Roli Books 2002

InterPro is a leading global provider of business process outsourcing services. We deliver transcription services, contact center solutions, document management, enterprise portal development, employer services, medical revenue lifecycle support, and technology development and support.

InterPro partners with each of our clients to achieve three goals: to satisfy the needs of their end-customers, to streamline their processes and to improve their profitability, but we recognize that one company cannot be all things to all industries. To truly partner with customers, a company has to develop an expertise in their market sectors – to know what works and what doesnít, what is effective and what is possible.

That ís what we do. Where other firms research industries from a distance, InterPro steps right into your world. Through partnerships and selective recruitment, we have built teams of experienced industry professionals in the Medical and Financial Services industries – talented people with reputations for excellent work and a desire to become part of a quality team. These teams focus their talents and industry expertise to quickly achieve the goals of our clients.

Through these industry professionals, we already have a view of our clientsí industries from the inside. We see the opportunities that our clients see, and feel the pain that the industry feels. We know where our clients want to go, and develop ways to help them get there.

To order your own copy of the book contact roli@vsnl.com

 

Indian Erotica

Dr. Alka Pande & Lance Dane, Published by Roli Books

Rarely has the subject of erotica come under the serious purview of Indian art. Grossly under-represented and misused-as a source of titillation by some; a marketing principle by other-erotica has finally found the focus it deserves with this book.

From the earliest terracotta images of the Mother Goddess to tantric diagrams, from palm-leaf paintings to modern art and advertising graffiti, this book covers ground the few have trod. Finding a striking continuity in the motifs used in erotic art, it grounds them in the principles that have shapes brush strokes and line drawings, curvatures and camera focuses down the centuries.

The book also studies the currents of globalisation, and the impact of Western art on the modern artist. Varied visuals, some as old as Indian civilisation itself, most as Sensuous as the topic they cover, chart this ‘voyage’ of rediscovery.

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Folk Music & Music Instruments of Punjab

Dr. Alka Pande, Published by Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad 2002

InterPro is a leading global provider of business process outsourcing services. We deliver transcription services, contact center solutions, document management, enterprise portal development, employer services, medical revenue lifecycle support, and technology development and support.

InterPro partners with each of our clients to achieve three goals: to satisfy the needs of their end-customers, to streamline their processes and to improve their profitability, but we recognize that one company cannot be all things to all industries. To truly partner with customers, a company has to develop an expertise in their market sectors – to know what works and what doesnít, what is effective and what is possible.

That ís what we do. Where other firms research industries from a distance, InterPro steps right into your world. Through partnerships and selective recruitment, we have built teams of experienced industry professionals in the Medical and Financial Services industries – talented people with reputations for excellent work and a desire to become part of a quality team. These teams focus their talents and industry expertise to quickly achieve the goals of our clients.

Through these industry professionals, we already have a view of our clientsí industries from the inside. We see the opportunities that our clients see, and feel the pain that the industry feels. We know where our clients want to go, and develop ways to help them get there.

 

Kama Sutra

Introduction by Dr. Alka Pande, Published by Roli Books 1999

Sage Vatsyayana’s Kama Sutra is an ancient treatise on man-woman relationships. Though written over 2,000 years ago, its relevance is perennial, since, of all life’s expressions, sexual gratification remains one of the most fundamental. The Kama Sutra examines the life force or prana of which the physical and the spiritual are equally potent aspects. While exploring the art of fulfilling sexual relationships, it stresses equally on self-restraint and consideration for the partner.

This book takes a contemporary look at the Kama Sutra. Rare miniatures, gouache and tantric paintings, and sculptures on ivory panels form the renowned archives Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK, are published for the first time; other works – suffused with the erotic – are selected from Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Werner Forman Archive, London, UK and the collection of Lance Dane.

The Introduction by Dr. Alka Pande guides the reader towards the appropriate mindset required to imbibe the magic of the text.

To order your own copy of the book contact roli@vsnl.com