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The Indian Portrait - XI

3 to 8 March 2020

Amdavad ni Gufa, Ahmedabad

This exhibition features the photographs by Jyoti Bhatt, capturing his life and of his contemporaries through portraits. This exhibition contains over 200 portraits and was exhibited in March 2020

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The Indian Portrait - X

 17 to 22 September 2019

Amdavad ni Gufa, Ahmedabad

The tenth exhibition of portraits from the series showcases classical paintings from all across India, displaying the virtuosity and diversity of our painters. The exhibition will cover 300 years, from 1590-1890, and a vast geographic region from Jammu to Thanjavur, allowing viewers to compare how different patrons wished to be remembered and observe how historical events shaped India’s painting traditions.

 

 

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Portraits of Devotion-Popular Manorath Paintings from Nathdwara in the collection of Anil Relia by Isabella Nardi

 

Portraits of Devotion-Popular Manorath Paintings from Nathdwara in the collection of Anil Relia by Isabella Nardi

Art collector Anil Relia had always admired the miniature paintings of the Nathdwara school, which grew out of the religious devotion of the Pushti Marg (Path of Grace). On one of his trips to this pilgrimage town, he encountered manorath paintings, whose unusual visual elements attracted his attention immediately. Originally part of the Pushti Marg popular culture, manorath paintings were often commissioned by devout followers as an indelible record of a pilgrimage trip to Nathdwara.

Manorath (“mind’s vehicle”) paintings are a visual representation of the pilgrim’s wish to enter into mutual communication with a divine Pushti Marg icon. The popular manoraths in this collection, which employ mixed media and photo-realism techniques, illustrate worshippers in the presence of Shrinathji. These images had a deep emotional resonance for worshippers because they embodied both the corporeal pilgrimage to Nathdwara as also the inner devotional experience.

As author Isabella Nardi demonstrates, the paintings in this collection are not merely souvenirs of a pilgrimage trip; they represent the worshipper’s journey to Nathdwara for a darshan with their beloved and revered deity. With pilgrims as patrons, these manoraths are truly portraits of devotion.

 

Portraits of Devotion