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N C Mehta and Karl Khandalavala: Pioneers in the study of Indian Miniature Paintings

A Talk by Tulsi Badrinath

N C Mehta and Karl Khandalavala: Pioneers in the study of Indian Miniature Paintings

A Talk by Tulsi Badrinath

Date: 17 March, 2023 (Friday)
Time: 6 pm - 7 pm (5.30 pm refreshments)

Limited Seats.

All are welcome with prior registration.

Venue: Lecture Hall, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

At a time when there was almost no recognition of the artistic and historic worth of Indian miniature paintings, N C Mehta (1892-1958) and Karl Khandalavala (1904-1995) made lasting contributions to the study, collecting, and thus preservation, of Indian art. Multifaceted, giants in their professions, drawn together by their common passion for art, they were close friends as well. On the occasion of the updated edition of Pahari Miniature Paintings in the N C Mehta Collection written by Karl Khandalavala, Tulsi Badrinath, Trustee, will present a talk on the two great art connoisseurs.

About the speaker

Born in 1967 in Madras, Tulsi Badrinath has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Stella Maris College and an MBA from Ohio University, Athens. She gave up a career in banking to focus on writing and dance.

Meeting Lives, her first novel, was published by Niyogi Books in 2008. Man of a Thousand Chances is her second novel. Both novels were longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2007 and 2008 respectively. Master of Arts: A Life in Dance was declared one of the ten best books of 2013 by Hindustan Times. Madras, Chennai and the Self: Conversations with the City, her fourth book, was published in 2015, and named the best writing so far on the city. Her poems, articles, reviews and short stories have appeared in various publications, including The Week, India Today, Namaste, the Little Magazine, Sruti, the Book Review, Indian Express, The Hindu, Deccan Herald and Deccan Chronicle.

Tulsi began learning Bharatanatyam at the tender age of eight. She is a senior disciple of The Dhananjayans and continues to learn from her gurus, having spent more than forty-five years in their school- Bharata Kalanjali. She has earned the admiration of her audience and the praise of critics for her deeply-felt bhava and for her dynamic nritta. Her long association with the Dhananjayans has led to a polished technique. Her innate gift for abhinaya expresses itself over a large range of emotions.

Tulsi is a Trustee of the Gujarat Museum Society, N C Mehta Collection of Miniature Paintings.

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