Beneath The Banyan Tree - Teacher's Resources

A Mithila paintingWe have a variety of educational resources available for your use, both during your visit to the Gallery and in your classroom. These include:

  • The exhibition catalog, which contains four 3000-word essays (one on each of the four major art forms included in the exhibit) by preeminent scholars in the field and images of many of the pieces. The catalog can be obtained for your students at $5 per copy.
  • A video created by preeminent scholar Joseph Miller that documents the week-long creation of a par painting. This video can be viewed during the Gallery visit. 
  • Films, which can be borrowed from the South Asia Center for viewing in the classroom or in the Lowe Gallery. Contact the South Asia Center at 443-2553:
  • The Living Arts of India (Length: 41 minutes):
    This film explores the artistic traditions and celebrations that accompany milestones in the cycle of life, and discusses the ways in which these traditions are changing through economic development.
  • Mithila Paintings: Five Village Artists from Madhubani (Length: 40 minutes):
    This film traces the lives of five Mithila painters, discussing their individual themes and styles, as well as the role painting plays in their religion, rituals, and the life of the family and village
     Working Processes of the Potters of India: Terra Cotta, and Working Processes of the Potters of India: Bindapur (Length: Approx. 30 minutes each):
    These two films discuss the technical aspects of various Indian pottery traditions, highlighting the role of the potter within the social framework of the village and the economics of the pottery business.
  • Retooling a Tradition: A Rajasthani Puppet Takes Umbrage at his Stringholders (Length: 47 minutes):
    A three-act fictive documentary on the string puppetry of Rajasthan, India, with themes of national unity, Indian folk arts heritage, population control, democracy, strife between opposing religions, democracy, and international affairs.
  • Bengali Pat performances by Gurupada Chitrakor (Length: 20 minutes):
    Gurupada sings the stories and shows his scrolls of the Atom Bomb; The Abduction of Sita; Goddess Durga; Clearly subtitled.
  • The South Asia Center also has a small library of books available to lend to faculty.