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The Making Of A Modern Indian Artist-craftsman

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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.

Apart from the making of his personal history and his times, this book leads us to why the creative act of making art itself takes on such a fundamental philosophical significance in his life --- an ideal derived directly from his absorption of Gandhi's principles. The purpose of art and life as they came to be realised by him, needed a change in the very approach people have toward work, which could only be achieved through a new philosophy of education. This book argues for an aesthetic basis for India's freedom movement whereby the Arts and Crafts Movement's pioneers like John Ruskin, William Morris, Charles Ashbee and William Lethaby impacted the writings and work of Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy as seen in The ideology of `Swadeshi' --- India's rallying cry for Freedom and the artistic milieu of Santiniketan. Devi Prasad's story, then, exemplifies the importance of the Arts and Crafts Movement in shaping the nature of Modernism in India.

Devi Prasad's ideals in art and in political activism, shaped though they may have been on Indian soil, led him to crisscross international borders. In 1962 he migrated to London to become Secretary General (later Chairman) of The War Resisters' International, perhaps the oldest Pacifist organisation in the world in order to spread the Gandhian way of life internationally. Here his artwork underwent another transformation, cognisant of the realities of Western living. On his return to India in 1982, he began to work more concertedly on pottery: developing a community of studio-potters, their studios, tools and equipment. This book reveals, against a backdrop of Modern Indian history and international peace movements, how the worlds of `design', craftsmanship and studio art were negotiated via a philosophical quest to bring about social change.


Crafts For A Rainy Day

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From the Best Selling Arts & Crafts Writer, Kitty Moore, comes 100 Ultimate Crafts For A Rainy Day. This book will improve your creativity, craft skills, and expand your repertoire of design capabilities. If you are struggling with creative ideas... If you want to show off your craftiness... Or if the idea of receiving a full list of ready-to-go crafts appeals to you... THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! This book provides you with a step-by-step guide to create your very own arts and crafts items! Are you ready to experience crafts at a whole new level? Then check out this book NOW! Some of the crafts you will receive in this book include: Tags: crafts for kids, paper crafts, rainy day crafts, arts and crafts, kid activities, crafts and hobbies, sewing crafts,


Creative Calm

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Coloring is not just for kids. It has been proven to be an excellent way for adults to destress, create mindfulness and slow down from daily life, all while enjoying an activity that you can truly make your own. There is no right or wrong way to color in the images in this book, and you are free to choose the tools you wish to work with. Markers, paint, colored pencils, pens - the choices are unlimited. Sit back and unwind and let your stress melt away while you spread color across the page. All pages are single sided to avoid bleed through. Relax and enjoy book six of this calming series.


Arts And Crafts In India

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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.



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