Urban Patua: The Art of Jamini Roy

The Art of Jamini Roy
By: Sona Datta
Binding: Hardcover
Specifications: 100 pages, 100 illustrations
ISBN: 978-93-80581-03-3
Dimensions: 216 x 230 mm

This book explores the transformation of Bengal folk art in the paintings of Jamini Roy and considers how the folk idiom met his bid for aesthetic independence; if Jamini Roy defined himself by forging a new trajectory for modern art in India, one is required to ask: what is modern about his art, and what is Indian about it? The questions of self-definition and identity thus form a continuous theme throughout this work.

Sona Datta is a curator of the South Asia Collection at the British Museum. Her fascination with the work of Jamini Roy culminated in this book.


A Collector’s Perspective: Foreword by Nirmalya Kumar

1. Setting the Scene
2. Modern Indian Art in the Making
3. Jamini Roy and the Folk Art Paradigm
4. Urban Patua

Conclusion: The Making of “Jamini Roy”