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Painting: Colour in the Hands of Folk Makes Holy Mandalas in Gay Spirits

Title:Painting: Colour in the Hands of Folk Makes Holy Mandalas in Gay Spirits
Author:Jayakar, Pupul
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 22 Issue no. 4; September 1969, p. 37-48 + 1 unnumbered leaf between p. 36-37
Abstract:The antiquity of the ritual use of mandala drawings -- Alpona or ground drawings -- goes back to the Indus Valley Civilization. With the spread of the Indus Valley culture, geometrical diagrams were absorbed into rituals and observances. Mandala drawings also play a significant role in tribal rituals. The article illustrates Alpona art from Orissa, Mithila and Madhubani (Bihar), Gujarat, and Saurashtra.

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