“Photos of the Gods”: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India. Front Cover. Christopher Pinney. Oxford University Press, – Idols and images – Printed and bound in Hong Kong British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Pinney, Christopher ‘Photos of the Gods’: the printed image and political. : Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India (): Christopher Pinney: Books.

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The television serialization of this great Hindu epic had a significant impact on the political culture of India.

“Photos of the Gods”

The figure with drawn sword is clearly labelled in the image as a representative of the kaliyug, presumably the demon kali. In other lithographs the hybridity has a phoros touch: Many of those discussed and reproduced here are chromolithographs, that is colour images printed from multiple stone blocks developing the original lithographic process invented by Alois Senefelder in Munich in The Goddess pierced Mahishasur with her Trishul trident.

A devotee asked him how he had enjoyed the play. This great densely packed ecstatic mass collectively responded to the surging emotions that made it twitch and bend and chrietopher as though commanded by the glittering svarup itself in the distance.

Carpenters, moreover, make great wooden idols for the temples; and workers in metal — goldsmiths, coppersmiths, and brassworkers — turn out more or less highly-finished specimens in their respective metals. It is matricide to kill a cow. Autumn Spring Autumn Spring The Chitrashala Press in Poona, near Bombay, which is much less well known, is discussed in the following chapter.

A Publication of the College Art Association. Following this Bhagat Singh went to Calcutta, seeking instruction in explosives technology the politics of popular images: That the intent of this phrase should have become the kf focus in the trial is intriguing and revealing. But whereas in late nineteenthcentury Calcutta both chromolithography and theatre were driven with a desire to experiment with novel representational strategies, in Mathura and Nathdvara the work of the painter and actor was much more obviously driven by a set of devotional imperatives.


At this point many in the audience burst into tears.

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Rising Art Cottage chromolithograph c. In the twentieth century all this had changed: The painting depicts the final ordeal of Sita upon her return to Ayodhya. The Hem Chander myth stakes a claim to a rather different series of developments that I have as yet been unable to substantiate.

Among these were images of Vishnu with four arms, at the very sight of christophher Ramakrishna was overwhelmed with ecstasy: One anonymous missionary saw them as staging hinduism 29 modelled on Christian prototypes and believed that they should be preserved as archaeological relics of a soon-to-be-deceased popular Hinduism: A later image depicting events in At the turn of the century Ghasiram took up oil painting.

Shrinathji ka Annkut,37 published by a small press in the nearby town of Kankroli, depicts eight goswamis together with four sari-clad devotees disposed symmetrically beneath the deity illus. In part, this history was determined by a dialectical constraint: You have these pictures instead of English ones.

Sri Ramakrishna was in an ecstatic mood.

The annual meeting of Congress at Benares passed a resolution supporting the boycott movement, a significant radicalization of Indian politics. Gupta explains that Chandra Shekhar Azad, who is commonly represented with Bhagat, had to adopt a different disguise: When he was in this condition, the best doctors could find no trace of pulse or of heart-action.

The railway, the telegraph and other products of Western civilization came into use; but these did not mend matters, because all such innovations could neither touch nor stimulate the ideals on which the life of the land photoe.

Occasionally he was juxtaposed christooher a frame with a goswami priest or sometimes with a clock. The materialization of Draupadi as a textured mark on the surface which is also hpotos trace of domestic female engagement with the image might be seen as a refusal of this journey, a turning back that creates a new space of projection, in the opposite direction, back towards the beholder.

The text deals with these complex ideas with remarkable coherence and clarity. The juxtaposition of a series of painted episodes from the Ramayan with, at the bottom, the actors who portrayed Ram and Sita in the Doordarshan television serialization of this epic embodies this historical introduction 9 2 Scenes from the Ramayan c.


Scholars chrostopher as Roy Wagner and Marilyn Strathern have investigated the manner in which certain cultural practices treat images christoper compressed performances. However, these representational techniques had been appropriated rather than fully internalized. Once we start to examine the figure of Bhagat Singh, however, we will discover that his trace is one element in a longer train of signs cjristopher events that runs through the history of those who chose violence in their attempts to end British colonial rule.

The elements of this strategy are apparent in a series of images depicting this cow, all of which share the common feature of the presence of 84 gods within the body of the cow and a group of figures christophdr beneath the udders. This is not an ordered laboratory with a single script: His monkey-landscape sketches are a positive affirmation of the Nathdvara pastoral aesthetic in which a figural excess signifies a religious repleteness. Shrinathji appeared in different shringaras adornmentsbut always in the same stylized frontal depiction.

A huge image of Ganesh watches over all these and all new deliveries are placed in front of him so that they may double in size or value.


‘Photos of the Gods’: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India

Many of his images are masterpieces of liminality that, even more so than most images, stand on the borders of different communities of interpretation. A photograph of a Christophre bromide postcard of Kailash Pati Shankar placed inside a copy of the Bhagvata Purana by a wealthy landlord illus.

Writing between andthe Reverend J. Gladstone Solomon, the Principal of the J. The Calcutta-produced images we have surveyed in this chapter reveal their embeddedness within the particular religious and historical experience of Bengal.