Shringara of Shrinathji: From the Collection of the Late Gokal Lal Mehta
Amit Ambalal and Vikram Goyal
  • ISBN 13 : 9789385360862
  • year : 2021
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
In the unique culture of Pushtimarg, a Vaishnava sect founded by Vallabhacharya in the 15th century, art and devotion are deeply intertwined. A captivating volume, Shringara of Shrinathji, catalogues a set of previously unpublished miniature paintings of the Pushtimarg tradition from the collection of late Shri Gokal Lal Mehta. Pushtimarg lays great stress on worship of the deity Shrinathji through the joys of life and living and devotion through kirtan (devotional poemsongs), bhog (offerings of sumptuous food and beverages), shringara (offerings of adornment, through dressing and ornamentation), and decoration and painting. The paintings constitute the Nathdwara school, so named because the image of Shrinathji is enshrined in a temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan. The sixty splendid artworks reproduced for the first time in this book were executed during the dynamic stewardship of Tilkayat Govardhanlalji (1862–1934 AD), who was a great patron of the arts. Under his patronage, Nathdwara painting reached its zenith. The collection’s period and the high quality of workmanship make it very likely that this set of Nathdwara miniature paintings were painted by Sukhdev Kishandas Gaur, the mukhia (chief artist) of the temple. Documenting the high degree of skill in draughtsmanship, portraiture and in composition, expositions by artist Amit Ambalal accompany the lavish, high-quality photographic reproductions of these beautiful paintings in this volume. Introducing the readers to the visual world of the Pushtimarg as well as the spirit of Nathdwara, this publication in a special boxed edition will be of interest for collectors and general public alike. Amit Ambalal is an eminent contemporary Indian artist whose work forms part of prestigious collections in India and abroad including the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He has also authored the landmark volume Krishna as Shrinathji: Rajasthani Paintings from Nathdvara (Mapin, 1987) on the subject of Pushtimarg and Nathdwara paintings and recently written the Foreword to In the Service of Krishna (Mapin, 2019). Vikram Goyal, founder of Viya Home, is one of India’s leading product designers, committed to the preservation of indigenous practices and the country’s cultural heritage. Recipient of multiple design awards, he is also co-founder of Kama Ayurveda, a wellness brand dedicated to promoting the benefits of Ayurveda. Goyal is the eldest grandchild of late Gokal Lal Mehta, whose collection is featured in this book.