A History of Cats in Indian Art

November 28 2023

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Picture: Aleph Books

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Just in time for Christmas, Aleph Books have published a new book on the subject of Cats in Indian Art. The Indian Cat: Stories, Paintings, Poetry, and Proverbs was written by the late Indian art critic and historian Brijinder Nath Goswamy. 

According to the book's blurb:

The Indian Cat first presents a delightful picture of the cat in our written and oral literatures. This is followed by a catalogue of paintings, each showcasing a different aspect of the place accorded to cats in our society. Then there is a selection of poetry about the cat, much of which is translated from a wide swathe of languages including Urdu, Hindi, Persian, and Bengali. The final section presents proverbs, sayings, and idioms on the animal.

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