An Odyssey Into Modernism: A Brief Account of Art & Artists in Post-Partition Punjab
The Author says: the Punjab [whose River Indus gave the country its venerable name “India”] has been cradle of one of the world’s most significant civilisations, and mother to such distinguished spiritual legacy, metaphysical inheritance, and art and culture heritage as has given India pride of place among nations of abiding global import. However, though it is hailed as food-bowl and defence sentinel of the country, by some quirk of fate, Indians in other states poke fun on it as having only ‘agriculture’ but no ‘culture’.
Bhatti ascribes this deplorable notion to Punjabis’ own failure at marketing their wares smartly. While striving to correct this sick impression by exhaustive writings and public lectures, the redoubtable author shows in this book his perennial concern to document for future generations art-works created by Punjabi artists in the post-Partition Era. He brings to this long-awaited publication a professional artist’s practical knowledge with analytic discernment of Nobel Laureate TS Eliot’s “Workshop Critic”.
While this publication contains enough material to goad earnest scholars in the furtherance of research it also seeks to educate the students and teachers of art in the subtler aspects of Artistic Creation, whatever may be their materials and modes of expression.
About the Author: Dr S(urindera) S(ingh) Bhatti is India’s most versatile professional, nicknamed “Chandigarh’s Mr Versatility” by Chandigarh Newsline of The India Express. He pursues an amazing range of disciplines: Architecture; Art; Poetry; Criticism; Aesthetics; Engineering; Vocal Music; Comparative Religion, and so forth.
He holds three PhDs on: (1) CHANDIGARH; (2) CREATIVE MYSTICISM; and (3) GOLDEN TEMPLE. His Masters Research in Architecture [The University of Queensland, Australia] has made Chandigarh’s Rock Garden known throughout the world.
He has won 20 national and international awards, including Lifetime Achievement Gold Medal in Architectural Education. All India Arts & Crafts Society has honoured him as Veteran Artist; National Academy of Arts, Sciences & Literature, Italy, has appointed him National Art Adviser for India. Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi has conferred on him Best Book of the Year 2019 Award for Urdu poetry.
Bhatti has published over 700 articles on diverse subjects and disciplines in newspapers, magazines, and journals in India and abroad, and authored 27 books. He was Art Critic of The Tribune during 1977-1997 when his 400+ reviews generated in north-western India an Art Movement that created national and international celebrities.
He founded FIRST FRIDAY FORUM in 1999, and co-founded Institute of Indian Interior Designers in 1973.
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2020)
- Author: Dr SS Bhatti
- ISBN-13: 9789389530841
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1 x 29.2 cm
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