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1 Tapati Guha-Thakurta
In the Name of the Goddess: The Durga Pujas of Contemporary Kolkata
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited/Research India Press; New Delhi, India; 9789384082468; Hardcover; New; New; 
Each year, Kolkata's Durga Puja scales new heights as the most spectacular and extravagant event in the city's calendar. From the turn of the twenty-first century, the festival has taken on a particular artistic dispensation that is unique to the contemporary city, demanding a new order of attention and analysis. Based on field-research conducted between 2002 and 2012, this book unravels the anatomy of this newly-configured 'art' event, by tracking the new production processes, the mounting trends of publicity and sponsorship as well as the practices of mass spectatorship that make for the transformed visual culture of the festival. This new visual aesthetic, it is argued, has become the most important marker of the rapidly mutating identity of today's Durga Puja in Kolkata, bringing into the fray new categories of artists and designers, new genres of public art, and new spaces for art production and reception in the city.The book's central concern lies in conceptualizing a specifically contemporary and artistic history of the urban festival. In keeping with its title, the book examines the diversity of images and practices - from the consumerist spectacle and the bonanza of awards to the efflorescence of public installations and art and craft productions - that unfurls in this season 'in the name of the goddess'. While profiling the Durga Pujas as Kolkata's biggest public art event, the book also addresses the ambivalence of the designations of 'art' and 'artist' in this eld of production and viewership. One of the main aims of this study has been to lay open the claims of 'art' in this festival both as a set of insistent projections as well as a mesh of incomplete formations. The new artistic nomenclature of the festival, it is shown, is not easily secured and has to struggle to assert itself within the body of the religious event and the ephemeral mass spectacle. Printed Pages: 403. 110026

Price: 110.40 USD
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2 Tapati Guha-Thakurta
Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2007; 9788178241875; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 429 with numerous b/w illustrations. 031546

Price: 17.25 USD
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3 Tapati Guha-Thakurta
Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India
Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8178241870 / 9788178241876; Softcover; New; 
Monuments, Objects, Histories surveys the practices of archaeology, art history, and museums in nineteenth- and twentieth-century India. It looks at processes by which ‘lost pasts’ came to be produced in India. Such lost pasts, the author shows, came to be imagined around a corpus of monuments, archaeological relics, and art objects. This book reveals the scholarly and institutional authority that emerged around such structures and artifacts, making them not only the chosen objects of art and archaeology but also signifiers of a nation's civilization and antiquity. The close relationship between the colonial and the national in the making of India's pasts, and their legacy for the present, are one of the themes of this book. It looks at the consolidation of Western expertise and custodianship of India's antiquities; at the projection of varying regional, nativist, and national claims around the country's architectural and artistic inheritance; and at contemporary political tussles that have placed archaeology and art within struggles over defining the Indian nation. In brief, this book traces the framing of an official national canon of Indian art through different periods, showing how the workings of disciplines and institutions have been linked with the authority of the nation.Printed Pages: 432. 101969

Price: 20.00 USD
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4 Sudeshna Guha (ed.); Preface By Prof. B.D. Chattopadhyaya; Sudeshna Guha, Michael S. Dodson, Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Christopher Pinney, and Robert Harding (contributors)
The Marshall Albums: Photography and Archaeology
Mapin Publishing; Ahmedabad, India; 2010; 8189995324 / 9788189995324; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 288 with 119 sepia photographs, 10 drawings, and a map. 034312

Price: 86.95 USD
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