South Asia

Monthly Archive: December Sout

Pacifist Males & Warrior Females

Posted: November 21, 2014 - 16:36 , by Deepali Dewan

During the recent Hero-themed Friday Night Live at the ROM, I brought out examples of popular prints from the collection that explored different hero tropes in South Asian culture. Here are some of them. About a hundred year ago, mass produced colour lithographs proliferated across the South Asian subcontinent creating new imaginary communities through a shared visual imagery. In this new kind of visual culture, hero images seemed to flip traditional gender roles by being dominated by warrior females and pacifist males.

Weapon Wednesday: Bagh Nakh--making humans into tigers

Posted: November 5, 2014 - 12:56 , by Deepali Dewan

Written by Aruna Panday, Ph.D Candidate York University, Co-Chair Friends of South Asia Committee, and ROM curatorial intern.

 


Bagh nakh (tiger-claw weapon), lacquered steel, India, 19th century, ROM 913.10.28


 

Weapon Wednesday: Visiting a Family Heirloom

Posted: October 1, 2014 - 16:40 , by Deepali Dewan


Sophia Chowdhury (far right) with her sister Meena (second in from left) and the next generation: Aneesa (far left), Zakary (centre), and baby Anarah. In the ROM’s curatorial area with the dagger, August, 14 2014. Photo Deepali Dewan, posted with permission of the family.

Collection Highlight: Sikhs in Canada

Posted: September 25, 2014 - 10:52 , by Deepali Dewan


Sikhs in Canada, The Singh Twins, watersolour on board, England, 2010, 44 x 32.5 cm. ROM 2010.53.1 This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund. Copyright The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk

Weapon Wednesday: Chakram from India

Posted: September 24, 2014 - 12:38 , by Deepali Dewan

Written by Aruna Panday, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at York University, Friends of South Asia co-Chair, and Summer 2014 ROM curatorial intern.


Chakram or battle-quoit, made of wrought steel, India, 19th century, ROM 910.42.52

Silk Threads from China

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 11:30 , by Deepali Dewan


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Of India and Modernism: ROM acquires Abstract Drawing by Youngo Varma

Posted: April 30, 2014 - 16:58 , by Deepali Dewan
Youngo Varma Drawing, Graphite on Paper

Recently, the ROM acquired a work by Canadian-Indian artist Youngo Varma (b. 1938) that exemplifies his work with organic abstract forms.

Weapon Wednesday: The Indian Katar, a Necessary Dress Accessory

Posted: February 12, 2014 - 15:45 , by Robert Mason
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In South Asia during the 16th to early 20th centuries all fashionable young men when visiting their ladies would want to dress at their best. This would include one very necessary dress acessory: the katar. This uniquely South Asian dagger is thought to have developed in the very southern part of what is now India. In the 17th century the type was adopted across South Asia, and became a standard dress accessory in the Mughal courts.

 

Exhibit on 19th-century India Closing Soon

Posted: December 21, 2013 - 20:40 , by Deepali Dewan

Don’t miss the opportunity to see “Between Princely India and the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal," an original exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum that closes in three weeks, on January 12, 2014...

A surprise photograph from India

Posted: September 20, 2012 - 15:53 , by Deepali Dewan


Mystery portrait in the ROM's collection, later revealed to be Sunder Shyam Chadha in the film “Chhottii Babhi,” 1951