ISBN: 81-7099-869- Publisher: Mittal Book Format: hard Bound No. of Volumes: 1 Language: English Physical Description: 61 Year of Publication: 2005
The book is a product of several years of the authors experience of life among the tribes of the north-east. Sujata Miri has painted in many different styles; however, the particular style of painting, which is more or less uniformly evident in the paintings reproduced in this volume, is not the result of a conceptually planned scheme, but comes spontaneously from the depth of her mainly intuitive musings about tribal imagination and creativity. Perhaps it was her dissatisfaction with abstract discursive, stereotyped descriptions of life in tribal India that led her to take to painting in this particular genre and rely on her intuitive understanding of things rather than philosophical and anthropological ratiocination. The point that is being forcefully made is that tribal life can be articulated perhaps with much greater authenticity through the medium of painting than through words. The paintings are, of course, also meant to be enjoyed just as paintings, and not simply as depicting some form of life or other.
Sujata Miri Sujata Miri (b. 1942), is a Professor of Philosophy and at present she is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Education of North-Eastern Hill University. Throughout her long career as a teacher and researcher she has developed a deep interest in the understanding of cultures other than one’s own, particularly tribal cultures. Her interests range from philosophy to anthropology and history of the tribal people of the north-eastern region. Her published books include: Suffering, Religion and Society: North-East India (Ed); The Khasi World View: A Conceptual Exploration; Langmai Nagas: Legends and Stories; Communalism in Assam: A Civilisation Approach.