DIVINE WORLDS: INDIAN PAINTING AT THE NGA Melanie Eastburn – TAASA Review September 2012

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I n September 2012, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) will present Divine worlds, an exhibition of Indian painting from the Gallery’s diverse collection.

The exhibition includes paintings from the Jain, Hindu, Islamic and Sikh traditions of India, ranging from intricate manuscript pages and painted photographs to hunting scenes and devotional images on a grand scale. Half of the exhibition is devoted to the Gallery’s collection of 19th and 20th century pichhavai painted cotton shrine hangings.

Made in devotion to the Hindu god Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, pichhavai are displayed as backdrops for temple shrines to commemorate seasonal festivals and events from the life of Krishna...