Sources and Artistic Representation

Fine arts often convey a kind of anonymous knowledge. They tell us myths and cults that are the core of an oral tradition which is not written and thus bound to get lost. Allover the Indian Subcontinent and Himalayan area, already in the first sculptures as well as in the contemporary movie pictures, there are traces of age-old rites, gods and cultures; these are voices merging in a collective sound. It lies within the works of those artists who put their own tile into the “big mosaic” that represent the main flow of the tradition. They express another tradition that lives beyond and outside the texts.

The purpose of this panel is to compare different points of view on fine arts discussing reasons and methods of making visible traditional and folkloric contents.

What converges, what spreads apart among different visual languages, different geographical areas and different periods of time?

Chairperson: Cristina Bignami

Laura Giuliano
Śiva and the Sacrifice

Cristina Bignami
The Indian Huntress: Goddesses, Nymphs, Queens

[long abstract, in Italian]

Elena Preda
The Rāgamālā Paintings of Sirohi: New Discoveries

[long abstract, in Italian]

Chiara Bellini
Tradition or Innovation? Himalayan Buddhist Art Developments in the 21st Century

[long abstract, in Italian]

Sabrina Ciolfi
Popular Hindi Cinema: Narrative Structures and Elements of Continuity to the Tradition

[long abstract, in Italian]

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