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THE TEA-GARDEN JOURNAL: SOMNATH HORE. Translation of Tebhagara dayeri (Subarnareka, Kolkata, 1991). Somnath Zutshi. Seagull Books, London, 2009. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 106 pp. with 67 ills. 32 x 19 cm. ISBN 9788170463412 In English.
Invalid ISBN 978-81-7046-2-341-2 is imprinted in error; the correct ISBN, which is cited in our record, appears on a sticker affixed to the back cover. Publisher's description: Famous for their Darjeeling tea, the tea gardens of Bengal were the birthplace of a worker's union movement in the 1930s, while India was under British colonial rule. Protesting oppression by owners and managers, the workers formed unions, organized by the Communist Party of India, which pitted them against the owners and managers, their enforcers, and the constabulary. Despite the powerful opposing forces, the workers union was successful -- thanks to organizers and activists, they were able to wrench concessions from the companies. The Communist Party sent a young artist and activist named Somnath Hore to document this socialist struggle; he arrived complete with his sketchpad and journal. Hore would later become one of India's foremost painters and sculptors, and his early promise is easy to see in his observations from the struggle, now available in an English translation by Somnath Zutshi. Richly illustrated with more than one hundred facsimiles of pen drawings, The Tea-Garden Journal is a fascinating document of a struggle that is both local and global, both in the past and still very present.
Artist(s):Hore, Somnath
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — India — Drawing and Watercolor — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164883
Paperbound $45.00    

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