Annual Ruth K. Shartle Lecture Series
The Yogi-King of Jodhpur: Paintings, Power, and Politics in the Reign of Maharaja Man Singh
Presented by Debra Diamond, curator of South and Southeast Asian art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
In a startling turn of events at the dawn of the 19th century, Man Singh (1783–1843)—a prince of Jodhpur, India—allied with a religious order of hatha yogis; seized his rightful place on the throne from rivals; ruled as a devotee of the yogis; and resisted the British until his death.
This talk explores Maharaja Man Singh’s extraordinary patronage of yoga-related paintings, and his political alliance with the yogis. In contrast to the exhibition Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India—an overview of the history of the Rathore clan that founded Jodhpur—this program focuses on the unique contributions of an individual king. Discover the powerful aesthetic developed by the artists of his court, and find out about the profound implications of his patronage for historical hatha-yoga practice.
Stick around—the lecture is followed by a free dance performance!
About the Speaker
Debra Diamond, a specialist in Indian court painting, curated the award-winning exhibition Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, which opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 2008.
This program is free! Drop in to participate. The doors of the auditorium open 30 minutes before the lecture.