Ancient India is Preserved through the Visual Arts by maa12554


									Ancient India is Preserved through
          the Visual Arts
     India is one of the few
   modern day countries that
      the past is evident in
      everyday life. It is an
  example of “living history”.
Shadow Puppetry
     Background Information:
 Elaborately created puppets are projected onto a
  sheet or screen
 The ancient art is over 1,000 years old
 Originated in India
 Traveled on to Southeast Asia, Turkey, China, and
 Before TV and movies shadow puppetry was a
  popular form of entertainment as well as
  education in South India
 Puppeteers would travel from village to village
  with their families and put on their show
 It was a family business—fathers would pass
  down the oral stories and handmade puppets
  to their sons
 Shadow plays were based upon episodes from
  the ancient epic stories the Ramayana and
The Story of Ram and Sita from the
 One of the most beloved stories in India
 Started in India over 2000 years ago
 Ramayana initially was spread by
 Story lives on today through shadow
  puppetry and other art forms, such as
  literature, comic books, dance, scrolls, and
      Job of the Puppeteer
Repeats the long and complicated
 epic stories.
Skillfully and dramatically narrates
 the stories.
Manipulates the puppet figures.
Does different voices for EACH
Produces sound effects, sings,
 and cues up the recorded music
Creates figures from hides of
Repairs old or damaged puppets
Made out of goat skin. The leather is hand painted and
assembled by hand.      Puppetry in India
Classical Indian Dance
 8 different types of classical dance.
 Form of dance appealed more to the
  commoners, and it educated them about
  their religion, culture and social life.
 At least 3,000 year old art form.
 Statues found in Harappa/Mohenjo-Daro
  with dancers.
 Dances tell stories of the gods and
  goddess and stories from the
 Dancers use precise hand movements,
  body language (miming), and their
  eyes to help tell the story.
Dances from Tamil Nadu

            Tamil Nadu
Chennai dancers
 Dance of Pune
Bengal Scroll
 This is a traditional scroll-style
  painting made by the Patuas of
  West Bengal.
 Traditional artisan caste specializing
  in the production of painted
  narrative scrolls and songs to
  accompany their unrolling.
 This has been around since the 13th
  century and possibly even longer.
 Stories on the scrolls vary from
  religious themes, social themes,
  legends from Indian culture, Hindu-
  Muslim interaction, and even modern
  day issues such as 9-11, Tsunami of
 This sub caste wanders from village
  to village singing their compositions
  while unwinding painted scrolls.
 Snake Goddess Scroll
Comic Books, Stories, Ramayana Box
Famous stories such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata
have been preserved for years through story books, comic
books, minature paintings, and visual 3-D art such as the
Ramayana Box.
“Descent of the Ganges”                                          is a myth retold not just verbally but
in stone carvings in the Southern Part of Indian in Panchantra. Here is an example of this wonderful
display of art showing this myth.
Through the visual arts, India has sustained its
rich and vibrant history up to this day.

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