Picture Gallery: Kumaon; In the Shadow of the Devi by Manju Kak
An important document of the life of the paharis that also discusses craft, communities, forest policy, and the status of womenbooks Updated: Jun 07, 2017 23:58 IST
The Himalayas capture our collective imagination with visions of serenity, natural splendour and mysticism. But these mountains also dictate the lives of those who live by its laws - the resilient hill dwellers, or paharis.
In the Shadow of the Devi: Kumaon, author Manju Kak looks at this land through the prism of woodcraft, and documents the style, influences and techniques of the craftsmen of Uttarakhand. She also looks at the Kumaoni artisans’ world view and beliefs. This book is an important document of the life of the paharis and discusses communities, forest policy, and the status of women.
With pictures by award winning photographers Anup sah and Vaibhav Kaul, among others, this book focussed on Kumaon, the land that lies in the shadow of the majestic Nanda Devi. adds to the existing knowledge on Uttarakhand.
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The author Manju Kak is a writer, critic, scholar and artist who, for two decades, has been exploring unique aspects of Himalayan life. Her work includes the documentary, They Who Walked Mountains (2002), and the book Nicholas Roerich: A Quest & Legacy (2010), which she edited. She has curated an ethnographic exhibition titled Kashmiri Pandits and put together A Vintage Album: The Making of Modern India(2013). As a painter her last show was Ranikhet State of Mind (2016)