Magic of miniatures
ENDOWMENT LECTURES, particularly on art, are rarely held in Chennai. More so, when they are delivered by eminent art historians.
The Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, recently had the unique opportunity of conducting the first endowment lecture, instituted in memory of its founder, Professor Emeritus Dr. (Sr.) Edith Tomory. Eminent art historian and Professor Emeritus Dr. B. N. Goswamy of Punjab University, Chandigarh, delivered the lecture.
Instrumental in setting up the Department of Fine Arts in 1948, Dr. Tomory furthered the process of education by authoring a comprehensive textbook titled "Fine Arts in India and the West". Hungarian by birth, she obtained her doctorate from Germany and came to the southern shores in 1948, along with other members of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary to establish and introduce art education at Stella Maris College. Her vision, passion and dedication to the cause of art pedagogy and practice yielded fruit in the establishment of the Department of Fine Arts. As a fitting memorial to the yeoman service rendered by her, the Department of Fine Arts instituted the endowment lecture this year. Dr. Goswamy, an authority on the Indian miniature tradition, particularly the Pahari School, delivered the lecture titled `Like a Mirror in the Hand: The Context of Viewing Indian Paintings."
The lecture, supported by slides, focussed on establishing the context through meaningful details and poetic suggestion that enabled one to gauge the richness of the work of the Indian karigar. The craft of art came alive through the wealth of finely delineated details that ranged from birds and animals to the swirling waters, poetic, gracious nayikas and the kundan jewellery adorning their sensuous bodies and the representation of fire in decorative and patterned nuances.
The lecture was delivered at the college. Dr. Annamma Philip, Principal, welcomed the gathering.
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