Jangarh Singh Shyam’s work gives life and vision to a dynamic world of various myths and legends that are animated by the animals, birds, mountains and deities of his village, Patangarh, and of his community, the Gond tribe. Jangarh belonged to the Pardhan sect of the Gond tribe who are priests and storytellers entrusted with the very important task of carrying on the traditions and history of the Gond kings and keeping the many traditions and rituals alive through their music and songs. The songs and tales stayed in the artist’s mind and found a vivid representation on his canvas. Jangarh was able to recreate the textures and patterns of the walls on which traditional Gond art is painted. It was only after the artist was discovered at a young age by J. Swaminathan, that he transferred his art to canvas and paper, modernising the Gond art form. This book is a tribute to the Master of Gond Art.
About the Author
DR ALKA PANDE is an art critic, cultural theorist, teacher, curator and author. She has two postgraduate degrees in History and the History of Art and a PhD from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She was the Head of the Department of Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, as well as the Chairperson of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi. Recipient of the Charles Wallace Award in 1999–2000, Dr Pande completed her post-doctoral studies in critical art theory from Goldsmith College, University of London. She received the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government (2006), the Australian-India Council Special Award for her contribution to Indian art (2009) and the Amrita SherGil Samman from the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (2015).