Maharanis: Women of Royal India

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Tasveer is delighted to present its exhibition 'Maharanis: Women of Royal India' at Amethyst from 30th July to 14th August, 2016, 11 am to 7:30 pm at The Folly Although Indian royalty have in the past formed the subject of several exhibitions and publications, the emphasis of these have always been centred around the figure of the male ruler, or the Maharaja. As a counterpoint to these narratives, this exhibition, organised as part of Tasveer’s 10th anniversary season, focuses on the Maharanis and other royal women of erstwhile Princely India. Chronicling the historical representation of royal women in India for over half a century, and through it, tracing the changing tropes of photographic portraiture, Maharanis: Royal Women of India includes images from the archives of the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), esteemed royal collections from across the subcontinent and other institutional and private collections both in India and abroad such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Amar Mahal Museum & Library in Jammu. As socio-historical documents, the photographs in this exhibition allow us to extrapolate from their clues, larger contexts and conditions, leading us to revisit our comfortable constructions of the past, gendered roles and Indian royalty. Tasveer’s heavily illustrated book, also titled Maharanis: Women of Royal India, includes over 100 photographs, some of them for the very first time, and four original commissioned texts by K. G. Pramod, Amin Jaffer, Martand Singh and Shilpa Vijayakrishnan, as well as an introduction by Abhishek Poddar & Nathaniel Gaskell that provide the reader with wider contexts within which to view these images. The book, as well as a collector’s portfolio be available for sale at the store. The book can also be found at retail bookstores and online at the Tasveer Bookstore - Amethyst Next to Corporation Bank Whites Road Royapettah Chennai 600014 Monday to Sunday, 11am to 7:30pm Ph: (044) 45991631, 45991632 |


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Royapeth, Amethyst - 600014

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    Ashish Khadpe

    Parsys Media

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