Naman Ahuja. Nomad, Royal Flaneur and Influencer: The cultural history of a 17th century red velvet tent
Naman Ahuja is a Professor and Dean of the School of Arts &
Aesthetics at JNU. He is also the General Editor of Marg
Publications which is India’s oldest publishing house dedicated to
art and culture. He has curated some of the most important
exhibitions of Indian art in the past ten years, including: The Body
in Indian Art & Thought which was shown at the Palais des Beaux
Arts in Brussels and the National Museum in Delhi in 2013; and
India & The World, in which 120 objects from the British Museum
were staged in strategic dialogue with Indian objects at the
CSMVS in Mumbai and the National Museum Delhi. Over more
than 30 published books and research papers, some of which
have been widely translated, his scholarship has deepened our
understanding of Indian art from the perspectives of visual
culture, aesthetics, iconography and transculturalism.
Nomad, Royal Flaneur and Influencer: The cultural history of a 17th century red velvet tent
Living in tented dwellings makes us think about nomads who do
not have a fixed sense of belonging to a nation, but often, their
cultural moorings are more of kinship, located in nature, with rich
languages and performance traditions—all of which are mobile.
What can the grand Mughal-style 350-year-old red velvet tent
panels from Jaipur, now kept in many museums all over the world
tell us about the context in which it was used and what resonance
does it have for us today when we live in closed concrete spaces?