Arts Exhibition: Colorful Stories: Indian Folk Paintings


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When: Sep 28 2014 (All day) until Jan 11 2015 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery

Curator: Michael Schuster, Ph.D.
Installation: Lynne Najita
Artist-in-residence: Gita Kar

Momoni Chitrakar narrates Scroll |W. Bengal, 2013 | photo: Gayle Goodman

Narrative paintings tell stories, either as one episode or single moment in a tale, or as a sequence of events unfolding through time. The retelling of stories through narrative painting can be seen throughout India in various forms. This exhibition focuses on several unique folk art forms that tell the stories of deities from the great epics, local regional heroes, and contemporary issues important to villagers such as HIV prevention.

Traditionally, the scroll painters and narrative bards wandered from village to village singing their own compositions while unwinding their scroll paintings or opening their story boxes. Examples of this type of storytelling painting to be exhibited include the scrolls of the Patua from West Bengal and the Bhopa of Rajasthan, and the small wooden moveable temples of the Khavdia Bhat, also from Rajasthan. In addition, the exhibition will also highlight narrative folk paintings from the states of Odisha, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.

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Gallery Info:
John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
(corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)
Gallery hours: Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sundays Noon-4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and holidays
For further information: 944-7177 
Related exhibition events, all in the EWC Gallery with free admission, unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, September 28, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Exhibition Gala Opening including reception and a short scene and dance from Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s production of A Bollywood Robin Hood by Alvin Chan, performed by Lavour Addison, Brittni Shambaugh and Junior Tesoro. Also includes a walk-through by the curator and guest artist, Gita Kar.
Sunday, October 5, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
“From the Ocean of Stories”
Guest artist and collector Gita Kar weaves oral narratives from India’s folk and epic traditions with the painted story songs from her heartland.
Sunday, October 19, 1:30–4:00 p.m.
Film: “Paheli” Directed by Amol Palekar
A retelling of a classic Rajasthani folktale about a young married woman who falls in love with a ghost.
Sunday, November 9, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “The Family Portrait: Four Generations of Ketkar Artists”
Sai Bhatawadekar, Assistant Professor, UHM Dept. of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, shares her family’s legacy of Indian artists
Sunday, November 16, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Delighting in the Lord: The Image of Krishna in Indian Art”
Paul Lavy, Assistant Professor, UHM Dept. of Art and Art History
Sunday, December 7, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Regional Dress in Rural India”
Cheri Vasek, Assistant Professor, UHM Dept. of Theatre and Dance
Sunday, January 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Talk: “The Mahābhārata’s Infernal Paradise: On the Premodern Condition”
Jesse Knutson, Assistant Professor, UHM Dept. of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature
Primary Contact Info:
Phone: (808) 944-7177