Critical Themes in Indian Sociology brings together the writings of a number of scholars—both well established and younger, in India and in different parts of the world—on various themes that express the richness and diversity that defines sociological scholarship on India. The book reflects changes in scholarship over time and charts out new subjects and methods for the study of social life in India. Commemorating the 50 plus years since Contributions to Indian Sociology was first published, this book is a tribute to a journal that has sustained an internationally acclaimed and rigorous sociological engagement with India. Comprising a wide range of themes such as village, city, class, caste, politics, gender, sexuality, media, food and education, this book presents a concise, yet in-depth sense of a sociological view of India today.
Chapter 2: The Folk and the Making of an Indian Aesthetic
The Folk and the Making of an Indian Aesthetic
‘This is me and my parchhayi (shadow), my antaratma (inner self)’, said Kalabai Shyam, pointing to a black and white picture of a woman's face in profile, her unbound hair veiling a tiny silhouette of the same face, also in profile, facing in the same direction as the larger face that was covered with dots in Kalabai's signature style (Figure 2.1). I was drawn to this picture because it seemed so different from the fantastic beasts and enchanted [Page 20]nature-scapes that are the common subjects of Gond paintings.1 As a portrait, Kalabai's depiction of herself seemed to trouble the conventional division ...