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Manaku of Guler
The Life and Work of another great Indian Painter from a small Hill State
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 300 x 225mm
All colour; 565 colour and 80 black and white photographs


This work centres upon Manaku of Guler – older brother of the greatly celebrated Nainsukh –, reconstructing whatever little is known of his life, but following closely his artistic journey. Manaku came from an obscure little town in the hills of northern India – home to his singularly talented family – and yet his vision knew almost no limits. Endowed with soaring imagination and great painterly skills, this man – with a name that literally means a ruby, that ‘stone of fame and mystique’, whose glow keeps hinting at an inner fire – was capable of painting giant rings of time upon timeless waters, envisioning the world of gods and demons, littered with cosmic battles and earthly triumphs, but also gazing, with tender eyes, upon the world of two lovers in which there is tortured loneliness at one moment but, in the next, ‘her garlands fall on his chest and glisten like white cranes on a dark cloud’

B. N. Goswamy
B. N. Goswamy