Dalit Art and Visual Imagery

Hardcover | November 1, 2012

EditorGary Michael Tartakov

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This volume creates a seamless narrative of Dalit identity through use of visuals and accompanying explanatory texts. Spanning the historical and contemporary period, the volume investigates the representation of Dalit identities in Buddhist imagery, Hindu temples and traditional caste system,popular art and painting, and state-sponsored architecture and sculpture. Raising the face of contemporary untouchability into view, it explores the uses of visual imagery by, for and against Dalits in Indian society. Where are the images of Dalit oppression in the Hindu temple or Dalit triumph in the Navayana Buddhist viharas? How have Dalits used images of B.R. Ambedkar to bring their reality before the nation? How are Dalits attempting to use visual imagery to describe the world around them, work out theirown identities and to shape their destinies? The collection offers a variety of approaches to the study of visual imagery and issues of Dalit experience.This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of Dalit studies, sociology, modern Indian history, and religion (particularly Buddhism) and others concerned with caste politics.

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This volume creates a seamless narrative of Dalit identity through use of visuals and accompanying explanatory texts. Spanning the historical and contemporary period, the volume investigates the representation of Dalit identities in Buddhist imagery, Hindu temples and traditional caste system,popular art and painting, and state-sponsor...

Gary Michael Tartakov is Professor Emeritus of Art and Design History at Iowa State University. He is former Interim Director of African American Studies at Iowa State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.65 × 7.09 × 0.1 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198079362

ISBN - 13:9780198079361

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ForewordAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Gary Michael Tartakov: Art and Identity: The Rise of a New Buddhist Imagery2. Gary Michael Tartakov: The Hindu Temple as the Representation and Instrument of Caste in Traditional India3. Gary Michael Tartakov: New Paths to Sanchi4. Gary Michael Tartakov: The Politics of Popular Art: Maharashtra5. Nicolas Jaoul: Learning the Use of Symbolic Means: Dalits, Ambedkar Statues and the State in Uttar Pradesh6. Gary Michael Tartakov: The Navayana Creation of the Buddha Image7. Gary Michael Tartakov: Navayana Buddhists on the Public Stage8. Owen M. Lynch: Ambedkar Jayanti, Hierarchy and the Darshan Effect9. David L. Szanton: Mithila Painting: The Dalit Intervention10. Gary Michael Tartakov: Dalit Painting Seen from the Outside11. Saurabh Dube: The Dalit Iconography of an Expressionist Imagination12. Gary Michael Tartakov: Dalits, Art and the Imagery of Everyday Life13. Gary Michael Tartakov: Sister Mysore Seeks the CanonNotes on Contributors