Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles. Larger-than-life stories depicted with the miniaturist’s delicacy of touch and vibrant colors. This exhibition is drawn from the San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings. The images provide a compelling introduction to classic Indian and Persian texts: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and the Persian Book of Kings, Shahnameh.  Although most of the paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala provide a change of pace; this text deals with a range of specific musical modes and the varied emotions they convey.  There’s something for everyone—bring the kids!

This exhibition is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.
Generous support for this exhibition at the Blanton is provided by an anonymous donor.

Artist-in-Residence: Aruna Kharod
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Aruna Kharod is a graduate student in UT's ethnomusicology program and has studied bharatanatyam classical dance for ten years. Come watch her perform stories and dances related to paintings in the exhibition each week throughout the course of the exhibition. All performances take place in the gallery and are suitable for all ages.


Xanthe Gresham, storyteller
Thursday, July 20 - 6:30 p.m. Shanameh (in the auditorium)
Saturday, July 22 - 2:00 p.m. Ramayana (in the gallery)

Xanthe Gresham, a renowned spoken word storyteller from the U.K., will give two performances based on the ancient Indian epics depicted in the exhibition.

On July 20, she will perform tales of romance and adventure from the Persian Book of Kings, the Shahnameh.  Her words will bring to life an ever-changing cast of super-sized heroes, magical horses, selfish kings, and a queenly femme fatale.

Then, on July 22, she will engage the audience with her rendition of Ramayana—filled with dangerous demons, heroic feats, and the dash of mayhem that a powerful monkey ally might bring to the mix.

Both performances are recommended for ages ten through adult.

Funding provided by the Carolyn Harris Hynson Centennial Endowment.

Arnab Chakrabarty, sarod
Pandit Sanju Sahai, tabla
Thursday, September 21 - 6:30 p.m. (concert in the auditorium)
Friday, September 22 - 12:00 p.m. (demonstration/lecture in the gallery)

On September 21, the acclaimed U.K.-based musicians will perform a set of classical ragas on sarod and tabla, traditional instruments of South Asia. The September 22 event will allow visitors to participate in an interactive demonstration and discussion with the musicians.

Arnab Chakrabarty, based in Leeds, U.K.,  is one of the youngest and most renowned sarod players today, having performed around the globe to considerable acclaim. Pandit Sanju Sahai is a sought-after tabla player of distinguished musical lineage; he has performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Presented in partnership with SOHARA.

Peter Brooks' Mahabharata     
Thursday, September 28 - 6:30 p.m. (in the auditorium)
Come enjoy a screening of Peter Brook's 1989 film adaptation of the Indian epic (171 minutes).

Asavari Ragini of Sri (detail), about 1650
Central India, Malwa
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.950