Pithora Paintings of the Rathwa Tribe Folk and Tribal visual cultures are more of a ritual than an art form performed or represented either to express gratitude towards local deities or for a boon to be granted. Chhota Udepur district of Gujarat state is a tribal dominated district approximately 100 kms away from Baroda. The tribes like Rathwa, Bhil and Nayak live in this district have several rituals and wall painting traditions called PithoraRead more
Sandeep Joshi is a Baroda based artist and art historian. Sandeep Specialises in writing on art and architecture.
Using art as a tool for communication and representation has always multiple possibilities of interpretations. Freedom of representation (expression) and speech is given to us by our constitution as a fundamental right but this right to express creative ideas through sign and symbols or any other forms should not hurt the sentiments of the people in a public sphere. Recently, art has not been restricted to formal approach only it deals with socio-political and religiousRead more
Besides a great patron of art, architecture, theatre and music, Sayajirao was considered to be a great connoisseur of art. Connoisseurship is practiced by the connoisseur with a context of past and present attributions by scholars, professionals and collectors, in short within an art world and within history. As a connoisseur he examined the quality of work of art by making their visual discrimination and constantly made aware himself by equating the work of artRead more
“I like elements which are hybrid rather than ‘pure,’ compromising rather than ‘clean,’ distorted rather than ‘straight-forward,’ ambiguous rather than ‘articulated,’ perverse as well as impersonal, boring as well as ‘interesting,’ conventional rather than ‘designed,’ accommodating rather than excluding, redundant rather than simple, …” From Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi, 1966. Modernity has always some conflicts and struggle with tradition and cannot be fixed in a set of attributes but used toRead more
From the late nineteenth century, when the relationship between artists and patrons was re-defined or re-identified; artists started producing works independently. But in case of production/creation of architecture, the economic support of the patron remained and became necessity. The colonial buildings of this period were not without political implication. In the history of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture in Baroda, Gaekwads established a clear position for themselves to build the social and symbolic aspectsRead more