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Devi Prasad (1921--2011), India's pioneering artist-potter, visionary educationist and pacifist, joined Santiniketan, India's premier art school in 1938 when founder Rabindranath Tagore was siill involved with the institution. At Nandalal Bose's suggestion and following a correspondence with Gandhi in 1944 lie joined Sevagrara, Gandhi's ashram, as Art Teacher, where he taught for nearly twenty years. His political consciousness saw him participate actively in the Quit India Movement in 1942 and in social reforms such as Vinoba Bhave's Bhoodan---the land gift movement of the 1940s and 1950s.
There has been much written on the new creative economy, but most work focuses on the so-called "creative class," with lifestyle preferences that favor trendy new restaurants, mountain biking, and late night clubbing. This "creative class," flagship cultural destinations, and other forms of commodity-driven cultural production, now occupy a relatively uncritical place in the revitalization schemes of most cities up and down the urban hierarchy. In contrast, this book focuses on small- to medium-size post-industrial cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe that are trying to redress the effects of deindustrialization and economic decline through cultural economic regeneration. It examines how culture-infused economic opportunities are being incorporated into planning in distinct ways, largely under the radar, in many working class communities and considers to what extent places rooted in an industrial past are able to envisage a different economic future for themselves. It questions whether these visions replicate strategies employed in larger cities or put forth plans that better suit the unique histories and challenges of places that remain outside the global limelight. Exploring the intersection between a cultural and sustainable economy raises issues that are central to how urban regeneration is approached and neighborhood needs and assets are understood. Case studies in this book examine spaces and planning processes that hold the possibility of addressing inequality by forging new economic and social relationships and by embarking on more inclusive and collaborative experiments in culture-based economic development. These examples often focus on building upon the assets of existing residents and broadly define creativity and talent. They also acknowledge both the economic and non-monetary value of cultural practices. This book maintains a critical edge, incorporating left critiques of mainstream creative economy theories and practices into empirical case studies that depart from standard cultural economy discourse. Structural barriers and unequal distributions of power make the search for viable urban development alternatives especially difficult for smaller post-industrial cities and risk derailing even creative grassroots initiatives. While acknowledging these obstacles, this book moves beyond critique and focuses on how the growing economy surrounding culture, the arts, and ecological design can be harnessed and transformed to best benefit such cities and improve the quality of life for its residents.
The present book has been designed to capture the state of various manufacturing and artistic activities in India during the period c. 200 B.C. to c. 300 A. D. It is imperative to mention that the period of study is marked by interaction with people from other geographies who came as invaders, traders, explorers and artisans. In this book the emphasis is mainly on the state of arts and crafts and changes therein on the one hand and contemporary aesthetic standards on the other hand. Since the state of arts and crafts in a society is deeply co-related with prevalent condition of the people, therefore an effort has also been made to construct the socio economic conditions of various strata of the contemporary society with the help of the state of arts and crafts. The foreigners who invaded India and subsequently settled down here in due course of time became part and parcel of Indian society. They became instrumental for further development of arts and crafts in India. The nature of their influence and impact on various art forms and manufacturing activities has also been identified and highlighted in this book. The book will be of use, anyone who is interested in Indian arts, history and culture.