Illustrated from museums across the world, Masterpieces of Indian Art is a rich and stunning portrayal of the most precious treasures of Indian art. Extensive photo research and detailed examination of every facet of the arts make it nothing less than a book of illustrated art history.
Its scope stretches across nearly four millennia, and it covers ground beginning from the art of the Harappans to Chola bronzes, Mughal miniatures, and the exquisitely crafted jewellery and textiles of India. Written by an expert whose reading of art history for the ordinary reader manages to be both simple and subtle, it is both lucid and thorough. Ambitious in its range, meticulous in its details, and insightful in its commentary, Masterpieces of Indian Art is a jewel of a book.
Dr Alka Pande has specialized in the history of art and in critical art theory. She was Head of the Department of Fine Arts in Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her published works include From Mustard Fields to Disco Lights, a book that studied the folk music and performers of Punjab, and Indian Erotica, a serious purview of a genre often trivialized in art studies.
Presently an art consultant with India Habitat Centre, Delhi, and curator of their Visual Arts Gallery, Dr Pande also works as an independent curator and has curated a number of important exhibitions in India and abroad. She was born in Calcutta, but later acquired her academic experience from the universities of London, Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. Dr Pande combines her study of the arts with an interest in music and dance, yoga and cooking. She lives in New Delhi with her husband and daughter.