The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore
This volume provides a revisionary critique of the art of Abanindranath Tagore, the founder of the national school of Indian painting, popularly known as the Bengal School of Art. The book argues that the art of Abanindranath, which developed during the Bengal Renaissance in the 19th/20th centuries, was not merely a normalization of nationalist or orientalist principles, but was a hermeneutic negotiation between modernity and community. It establishes that his form of art-embedded in communitarian practices like kirtan, alpona, pet-naming, syncretism, and storytelling through oral allegories-sought a social identity within the inter-subjective context of locality, regionality, nationality, and trans-nationality. The author presents Abanindranath as a creative agent who, through his art, conducted a critical engagement with post-Enlightenment modernity and regional subalternity
Abanindranath Tagore, Indian Art, Bengal Renaissance
Arts and Humanities | Asian Art and Architecture | Fine Arts | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Painting
Banerji, Debashish, "The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore" (2010). CIIS Faculty Publications. 51.