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International Journal of Literacy and Education

2021, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Part A

Role of wood in contemporary Indian art with special reference to Nagina and Saharanpur

Author(s): Md. Azad Ansari

Abstract: The art of woodcraft is too old in India. Originally it had been begun from 1300 to 1350 in Middle English. Though artistic woodwork came into existence with temple and palace craft and flourished along with architecture and sculpture. Saharanpur and Nagina in Uttar Pradesh are some of the leading centres for wood carving in India. In Saharanpur, artisans prefer Sheesham for their woodcraft, though teak, rosewood, walnut and mango are used as well as in Nagina. In 1990, the craftsmen of Nagina, armed with a newly acquired confidence and recognition got together from the Nagina. Crafts Development Society which has been actively involved in elevating the woodcraft of Nagina. In Saharanpur, the first organized wood carving unit is said to have been set up in 1882 by Atta Hussain, an immigrant from Multan. Designs are first prepared on paper and transferred with the help of ink onto the wood. These are then carved using various tools like the tools of ‘U’ and ‘V’ shape etc. and after that it is polished to bring out the shine of the wood. As a contemporary artistic medium, woods are being used as a new medium in artworks and considered as an excellent medium for new art. Wood is used in forms of installation, craft, sculpture, and decoration including chip carving, wood burning, and marquetry. Most famous contemporary artists used wood and several types of metals attached with wood for their works, which were highly appreciated. The distinguished artists among them are: Balbir Singh Katt- Yellow sun-split across the wood stone, Rajesh Sharma-Wooden Installation, and other artists are Ramesh Bisht, P.T. Reddy and so on. This matter will allow me to explore the significance of wood which is used in both traditional and modern styles in the form of contemporary art as a new medium. In this article, some major issues have been discussed as pointwise, like which cover impact, significance, innovation and analyzed the role of wooden craft in India with special reference to Saharanpur and Nagina (Uttar Pradesh).

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Md. Azad Ansari. Role of wood in contemporary Indian art with special reference to Nagina and Saharanpur. Int J Literacy Educ 2021;1(2):79-82.
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