Sunday, January 31, 2016

Listening to pictures : Talk by Kirtana Thangavelu

About the presentation:
This talk is about the painted scrolls of Telangana that are used in elaborate storytelling performances. The paintings in this tradition have a dual status: they are aesthetic objects that demand close and sustained looking. They are also authenticating, canonical documents that act as legitimating charters
for the oral narrative within a performance context.

About the Speaker :
Kirtana Thangavelu received her degrees in Art History from M.S University, Baroda; Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, and her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California
...a at Santa Cruz, and Associate Professor in Fine Arts in the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, at the University of Hyderabad. She teaches courses on the Religious Traditions in South Asian Art, Modernity and Nationalism in Indian Art, Narrative and Storytelling Traditions in Asian Art, Art Writing, Tangible and Intangible Heritage Studies. Her research is on the interface between oral, performance and visual narratives in the picture story-telling traditions from South India. Her work deals with the ways in which these rich and resilient narrative traditions have retained the matrices of orality, caste and ritual that locate and define them in the context of a rapidly changing, modernizing world.

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