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Author Jamme, Franck André.

Title Tantra song : Tantric painting from Rajasthan / selected and with writings by Franck André Jamme ; translated by Michael Tweed ; with an introduction by Lawrence Rinder, an interview by Bill Berkson and an essay by André Padoux.

Imprint Los Angeles, Calif. : Siglio, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    759.9544 JAM    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description 111 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 110) and index.
Contents Introduction / Lawrence Rinder -- Of images & beauty / André Padoux -- Interview with Franck André Padoux / Bill Berkson -- Tantra Song -- Tantra song: a guidebook -- Fumbling for the keys: notes on Tantric painting -- Untitled or perhaps sky: variations on a single form: the Shiva linga.
Summary This collection of rare, abstract Tantra drawings was conceived when the French poet Franck André Jamme stumbled on a small catalogue of Tantric art at a Paris bookseller's stall. The volume included writings by Octavio Paz and Henri Michaux, and Jamme became fascinated by the images' affinity with modern art and poetry. He read voraciously and even journeyed to India, searching in vain for Tantric practitioners, until a bus accident on the road to Jaipur sent him home to France with serious injuries. When he returned a few years later, he met a soothsayer who proclaimed that Jamme had now paid sufficient tribute to the goddess Shakti and required him to take a vow: he must visit the tantrikas alone or only in the company of a loved one. Since then, Jamme has gained extraordinary access to very private communities of adepts and their intensely beautiful works. These contemporary, anonymous drawings from Rajasthan are unlike the more familiar strands of Tantric art--the geometric yantras, or erotic illustrations of the Kama Sutra. The progeny of seventeenth-century illustrated religious treatises, these drawings have evolved into a distinct visual lexicon designed to awaken heightened states of consciousness and are imbued with specific spiritual meanings (e.g. spirals and arrows for energy, an inverted triangle for Shakti).
Subject Painting, Indic -- India -- Rajasthan.
Tantric art -- India -- Rajasthan.
Added Author Berkson, Bill.
Padoux, André.
ISBN 9780979956270

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