STORY TELLING THROUGH NAKSHI KANTHA: A SEMIOTIC STUDY ON FOLK ART OF SANTINIKETAN, WEST BENGAL

Shanti Kumari Thakur, Sayantani Roy
2016 unpublished
Nakshi Kantha, the customary needle art of Bengal, India shows a rich vocabulary of themes. These themes are profoundly established in solid religious convictions and underlay a solid symbolism. These themes connote the craving for self expression and indication of the artisan's desirings. Nakshi Kantha is more than only an improving bedcover; they were the Canvas for sel f-expression, their qualities and convictions. The state, that had individuals taking after Hinduism, weaved themes in view
more » ... ved themes in view of their religious convictions. Moreover, utilization of these symbols show a sharp desire to build up their own particular personality and position in the general public and the inclination to show their desires through religious imagery, direct delineation and stylish presentation. Tree o f life, Lotus, and Fishes have been three of the most mainstream and carefully picked themes. This paper is an attempt to think about the semiotics of these three themes on Nakshi Kantha of West Bengal of mid 19th century to late 20th century.
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