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Three New Releases By Niyogi Books


Reflections on Mughal Art & Culture

Edited by Roda Ahluwalia

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-89136-78-4

Expected on: 28 July 2021

No. of Pages: 352

Genre: Art / Heritage

Price: £89.99

Enter the splendid world of Mughal India and explore its rich aesthetic and cultural legacy through fresh insights. Recent scholarship in this field has offered deeper analysis into established norms, explored pan-Indian connections, and drawn comparisons with contemporaneous regions of the early modern world. Further studies along these lines were encouraged in a seminar held by the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai, and the formidable scholarship presented by contributors forms the content of this volume.

The articles in the book explore varied subjects under the Mughal umbrella, challenge long-held ideas and draw comparisons between the artistic expressions and material culture of the powerful Islamicate triumvirate of the early modern period—the Safavids in Iran, the European-based Ottomans, and the Mughals in the Indian subcontinent.

Themes as diverse as portraits of royal women, sub-imperial patronage of temples, word-image relationship, the lapidary arts, and the Imperial Library of the Mughals, are consideration of Mughal Garden typologies, murals painted on architectural surfaces, the textile culture of the city of Burhanpur, changes in visual language and content of painting, and Imperial objects d’art have been discussed, challenged and analysed. The final three articles are ground-breaking comparisons across Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal spheres. This beautifully illustrated book is sure to appeal to connoisseurs, collectors, and scholars alike.






Author: Neela Padmanabhan

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-91125-04-2

Date: October 1972

No. of Pages: 15 Apr 2021

Genre: Fiction / Translation

Price: £12.99

Generations is an intricate tale, simply told by a master of fiction about a community of Tamil speakers who live on the borders of modern-day Kerala. Set in the 1940s, it is a novel of generational change and conflict, and how the boy Diravi grows up to take charge of his family, which embodies a distinct culture.

Diravi’s sister, Nagu’s marriage to Perumal is wrecked when the latter, enraged at his own failings rejects his young wife. Unacceptable in her own family, Nagu continues to endure Perumal’s cruelty till her brother, Diravi decides on an alternative course of action slashing through outdated social customs that discourage any constructive solutions.

Amidst the background of language, myth, and ethnic consciousness, we are offered a sensitively drawn profile of the passing of a traditional way of life into modernity and the nostalgia that comes with change.




Art for Tribal Rituals in South Gujarat, India  A Visual Anthropological Survey of 1969

Art for Tribal Rituals in South Gujarat, India – A Visual Anthropological Survey of 1969

Eberhard Fischer & Haku Shah

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-89136-80-7

Date: 1 Jun 2021

No. of Pages: 528

Genre: Art / Heritage / Culture

Price: £99.50

Art for Tribal Rituals is the outcome of extensive fieldwork carried out by Eberhard Fischer and Haku Shah in South Gujarat in 1969. After an initial survey tour to locate village shrines and sacred pilgrimage sites, as well as specialists in rituals and crafts, the two art-anthropologists stayed in the field to observe as silent participants oracle and spirit-healing sessions, a death cere­mony and the worship of local deities by the village communities. Fischer and Shah documented their experiences in unprecedentedly detailed photographic sequences, and as well, took precise notation of what they observed. In addition, they spoke to the specialists and carefully noted their comments, which are reproduced in this book as individual “ indigenous voices ”.

This book of 528 pages and 823 photographs thus presents painted stones, large wooden stone- slabs and figures – representations of bodies for otherwise unsettled souls of the dead – but also monumental wooden crocodiles, revered with piles of terracotta votive offerings. They also documented the production, installation and worship of these icons and ritual objects. An astonishing variety of expressive forms are displayed by these spectacular field photographs, taken half a century ago.

This publication is a tribute to the artistic and ritualistic accomplishments of Adivasi ritual leaders, healers, and craftspeople of the past in a once re­mote area of Western India.