The London Jungle Book - Bhajju Shyam with Sirish Rao & Gita WolfChennai: Tara in association with The Museum of London, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Contains: Colour drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “Over the last two decades several Indian folk and tribal artists have crossed margins from their inherited sites of art practice to explore the new possibilities offered by their contemporary predicament. Borders are thinning and formal categories converging into an expanded field contesting or complementing each other.
Bhajju Shyam paints in this twilight space. In The London Jungle Book, he returns — after a century — Kipling’s gaze, with an equal sense of wonder, adventure, humour and directness of expression. The book is a delightful visual narrative, focalizing the city in terms of metaphors of Gond life and mythology. Works like When Two Times Meet and The King of the Underworld are most likely to change the reader’s perception of Big Ben and King’s Cross tube station for ever.