Best Sites For Scholars of Art and Craft

Best Sites For Scholars of Art and Craft
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"The use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others" (definition of 'Art' according to Britannica Online) “The artist's technical skill or ability beyond the aesthetic value of a work. Also, manual activities done by artisans as opposed to those practiced by artists of fine art.” Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Literature are generally considered to be an irreducible core of Art whereas works of craft incorporate pottery, weaving, metalworking, and furniture making. Art and craft play a very crucial role in the distinctive manifestation of Indian culture to the rest of the world. Distinguished Indian scholars, from time to time, have worked on each of the disciplines of art and craft to seize the fragrance of creation from the bygone era. Visit the sites listed below to enlighten yourself about scholars of art and craft.


This site has a truly colossal and definitive collection of writing by eminent Indian scholars. If you are a fervent book- lover and if you harbor genuine interest regarding a wide array of subjects including architecture, music, dance, history, culture or art and craft in general, you need not go anywhere. Just browse through 'Subjects' column on the left and you will be presented with critical reviews on a number of books belonging to the discipline you have chosen. Given that you already know what you are looking for, the easier option for you will be to enter either the name of the author or the keywords and search. There is also an 'Advanced Search' button to help you make your search more specific. In case you do not find the book you are looking for, you can always hit the button 'Book Not Found?' and fill in the corresponding form to make the concerned authority aware of your issue. To shop you need to be a registered member of the site. Hit the 'New User' tab to register, else just log in.


Kalakshetra solemnly celebrates the birth centenary of Rukmini Devi Arundale, who was the first highborn Indian lady to acknowledge the deeply spiritual and meditative significance of Bharata Natyam. She generously contributed to the rejuvenation of traditional Indian arts and crafts and traveled around the globe to propagate Indian culture. Not only did she actively participate in the Theosophical Movement and set up Besant Theosophical High School and Besant Arundale Senior Secondary School, but also established Kalakshetra as a cultural sanctum for fostering traditional values especially in the arena of dance and music. This biographical sketch is filled with rare photographs and affectionate recollections of admirers and friends.


Art historian and collector Jagdish Mittal fondly recollects his undying passion and lifelong involvement with art and craft. The article permeates a full circle of an artist's commitment to the growth and development of Indian art and craft. Go through the Harmony Magazine website to grasp the full story.


Dr. Gift Siromoney, an institution by his own rights, brought revolutionary perceptions in interpreting south Indian art history. His use of seriation technique compounded with that of computers to date a sculpture and/or a construction opened up a new horizon for the casual followers of art history. A site worth visiting.


V. Sundaram, a retired IAS officer pays his homage to Ram Raz, an Indian scholar of the late eighteenth century, who single-handedly decoded great Sanskrit technical treatises known as the Shilpa Shastras to unravel the mysteries of Indian architecture and Hindu art. You will come to know about the books that Ram Raz wrote voicing his firm defiance against the supposition that Indian architecture was a mere occidental brainchild.


Visit this site hosted by SAFIC or Sri Aurobindo Foundation For Indian Culture to find out what Sri Aurobindo, one of the all-time leading spiritual gurus of India, had to say about the nation's heritage; spirituality and philosophy; science and medicine; literature; architecture, sculpture and painting and statesmen and soldiers. 'OUR OBJECTIVE' section steadfastly holds the earnest motto of the foundation.


The online version of Sahitya Akademi lets you be familiar with Indian literature and scholars. You will find reference to all the luminaries of Indian literature and their masterpieces. They trace as far back as the times of Kautilya and Kalidasa. Find in the SYNOPSIS OF IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS section the vast assemblage of Indian scholars including Bankimchandra Chatterjee, Rabindranath Tagore, Maulana Azad and many others. In collaboration with UNESCO Paris, the Akademi has taken up a major project concerning 'Mutual Appreciation of Eastern and Western Cultural Values'. It has also been keeping in touch with other academic and cultural institutions abroad to abridge the gaping hole between eastern and western outlook to literature.

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