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Cholamandal: An Artists' Village
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2004; 0195669886 / 9780195669886; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
'This book, the work of many hands in keeping with the diversity and collegiality that characterized the Paniker-led response [to contemporary art], tells the fascinating and moving story of how artistic freedom and independence were aspired for and won along a path strewn with obstacles. It is part elegy, part scholarship, part informed journalism.' -- N Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu 'Today Cholamandal, named after an ancient dynasty that encouraged the arts, is India's largest self-supporting art colony and one of the most successful in Asia. Twenty-one of the original forty artists remain. "They are the enlightenment of contemporary art in India", said Santhanaraj, a prominent painter who spent several days there. They have combined Western and Eastern influences and generated a cycle of interest in contemporary art.' -- Stephen Kinzer, The New York Times This is the story of Cholamandal, which began in 1966 as an artists' village situated on a ten-acre p lo t on the Coromandel Coast near Chennai. It offered a place where artists could live, create, and share their art with others within the community. At Cholamandal, the creative artist is an equal participant in society, self-employed and independent. This book profiles a series of such creative artists, who have each carved a place for themselves in the world of art, some of them, internationally. Illustrated with over 130 beautiful colour plates depicting the artists' work, this is a wonderful and important document of a novel and sustainable idea, one which deserves emulation. Cholamandal was an attempt to foster a genre of art which, according to the principle of the institution in its early days, the late K.C.S. Paniker, was 'Indian in spirit and worldwide contemporary'. Towards the end of the fifties, many painters and sculptors in the Madras School of Arts and Crafts joined in the search for what amounted to a new way of life in contemporary art. The venture was an excitin g one and soon proved to be exacting as well. Thirty talented painters and sculptors acquired land to work at Cholamandal in comparative peace. There, the artist would paint or sculpt through the major part of the day, and applied himself to a congenial art craft during leisure hours, to supplement, if necessary, his income from the sale of paintings and sculptures. In the book, a biographical sketch or interview with each artist explains the motivation and technique behind the works produced at Cholamandal. These artists, some of whom live and work there even now, with a few exceptions, were once students of the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Madras. Cholamandal marked a new way of life in Indian contemporary art, and is perhaps the first of its kind anywhere in the world. This book reveals the artists who lived there, as well as the spirit behind their works, to the general reader and the connoisseur of modern Indian art. 003154

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