Sun and moon Folk tales by various artists

Book - 2016

"The sun is life and the moon is time (Ramsingh Urveti) Why is the sun so burningly hot, while the moon stays cool and serene? (Durga Bai) -- They need each other, to be complete. In our tradition, we think of the sun as male and the moon as female (Bhajju Shyam) Part of everyday life, yet rich in symbolic meaning, renderings of the sun and the moon are present in all folk and tribal art traditions of India. Agrarian societies have always kept track of time by referring to markers in the se...asonal variations of the sun, moon and planets. They have also woven wonderful stories and myths around them. Here, for the first time, is a collection of unusual stories and exquisite art from some of the finest living artists, on this most universal of themes."--back cover

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Published
[Madras, India] : Tara Books Private Limited [2016]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 x 29 cm
ISBN
9789383145447
9383145447
Review by Booklist Reviews

This attractive picture book tastefully blends Indian folklore and silk-screen printing traditions with crisp, contemporary stylization. The text is sparse, never more than a sentence or fragment per page, delineating the symbiotic opposition of the sun and the moon, gentle sibling rivals "born from the same mother." Young readers are unlikely to be drawn to this prosaic prose, but adults who appreciate the allegories and metaphors embedded in the relationship of opposition and duality will. Children, however, will be attracted to the stunning artwork, which will also appeal to collectors of beautiful picture books. Thick black and cream paper serves as backdrops for the moon and sun, respectively. Each juxtaposed spread is created by an artist from a different region in India in the style of that region (this is explained at the end). The silk-screened designs range from delicate filigree to bold, expressive blocks of color, all paying artistic and spiritual tribute to the sun and the moon, the great stars that keep us alive. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Here, for the first time, is a collection of unusual stories and exquisite art from some of the finest living artists, on the most universal of themes: sun and moon.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Part of everyday life, yet rich in symbolic meaning, renderings of the sun and the moon are present in all folk and tribal art traditions of India. They are always in relationship with each other. Agrarian societies keep track of time by referring to markers in the seasonal variations of the sun, moon, and the planets. Over the course of time, they have also woven wonderful stories and myths around them. Here, for the first time, is a collection of unusual stories and exquisite art from some of the finest living artists, on this most universal of themes.