Recontextualising Neo-Tantra: the decolonial mysticism of G. R. Santosh

John, Jones Benny (2019) Recontextualising Neo-Tantra: the decolonial mysticism of G. R. Santosh. Masters thesis, LaSALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Recontextualising Neo-Tantra: the decolonial mysticism of G. R. Santosh

Through the latter half of the 20th century, the Kashmiri artist G. R. Santosh dedicated his time to representing his native terrain through vivid expressionistic paintings and subtle romantic poetry. Deriving his form from the preexisting Tantric and Sufi traditions indigenous to the area, Santosh, who was called Ghulam Rasool Dhar before adopting the surname of his wife, was representative of the plurality of a land long steeped in communal turmoil. Like some of his contemporaries, Santosh had strong Leftist leanings but politics never found its way into his art. This enigmatic duality is not unique to his practice but with him finds a special significance as he lived and worked in Kashmir, where religion and politics are constantly a cause for contention and violence, a legacy of the region's colonial past.This study hopes to examine the artistic practices of G. R. Santosh, and compare it to that of other artists who come under the loose category of neo-Tantrism, to understand his depoliticized mysticism as a reaction, whether conscious or not, to the post-colonial polemics of his birthplace. This is not to undermine the spiritual significance of his art but to complement it with a political identity that creates a model for multicultural integration amidst communal polarization.

Subjects: Art History
Art History > Thesis -- MA Asian Art Histories
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2020 04:24
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 05:46
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