<html><head><link href="../../Styles/global.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet"> <link href="../../Images/favicon.ico" rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon"><meta name="Keywords" content="Posters and calendar images welcoming you in many Indian homes..." /><title>Good Morning-Welcome-Svagatam</title></head><body style="background-color:#4A599E" topMargin=0 ><div align="Center"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="6" width="100%" style="background-color:#4A599E"><tr><td style="background-color:#4A599E;font-size:12px;font-family:Verdana;" align="center"> <a href="http://www.tasveergharindia.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#ffffff;">Tasveer Ghar: A Digital Archive of South Asian Popular Visual Culture</a></td></tr><tr><td align="center" ><p><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Good Morning-Welcome-Svagatam</span></strong></span></span></p></td></tr><tr><td align="center" > </td></tr><tr><td align="center" class="essaysubtitle"> Patricia Uberoi</td></tr><tr><td><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;" id="1244630140959S"><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=1><img width="483" border="0" height="270" src="http://www.tasveerghar.net/welcome/banner.jpg" alt="Posters on sale" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=1> Fig.01</a></td></tr></table></span></p> <table width="850" align="center" height="627"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table width="161" align="right" style="width: 161px; height: 204px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span class="style61"><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=2><img width="140" border="0" align="right" height="194" src="http://www.tasveerghar.net/welcome/laxmidivx.jpg" alt="Lakshmi with lamps" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=2> Fig.02</a></td></tr></table></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">Just how much 'meaning' is it possible to tease out of a set of kitschy Indian 'welcome' posters, the new year&rsquo;s display of calendar art?</span></span> </span> <p class="style75"><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">Quite a lot, it seems, if one is alerted to the semiotic code and stylistic conventions of Indian calendar art, and the peculiarities of the industry that produces it. There is much there, too, to engage a feminist sensibility, for women are very prominently figured in this medium, whether for better or for worse.</span></span></span></p> <table width="163" align="left" style="width: 163px; height: 195px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=3><img width="147" border="0" align="left" height="185" src="http://www.tasveerghar.net/welcome/lakshmix.jpg" alt="" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=3> Fig.03</a></td></tr></table></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">To begin with, one might remark on the fact that the industry simultaneously produces icons for worship and posters for decoration andentertainment, the sacred and profane, sometimes <em>very</em> profane -- in one medium. There are beautiful women who look like goddesses, and goddesses who look like beautiful women, thetwo linked together in the popular imagination through a legitimating notion of the 'classical'.</span></span> </span> <p class="style75"><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">Lakshmi is the goddess of the Hindu pantheon whose image in particular adorn</span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">s </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <table width="196" align="right" style="width: 196px; height: 135px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=4><img width="180" border="0" align="right" height="125" src="http://www.tasveerghar.net/welcome/lakshmiplusx.jpg" alt="Lakshmi with Ganesh and Saraswati" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=4> Fig.04</a></td></tr></table></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> the</span> </span></span><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">welcome posters. She is the bringer </span></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">of wealth and plenty, an auspicious deity whose place may be taken, in otherwise identical representations, by the elephant-headed god, Ganesh,the remover of</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"> <span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">obstacles and equally a bringer of prosperity. The choice is a matter of personal identification, of community and of region, Ganesh being specially dear to the trading communities of western India, as well as a political symbol of Hinduism in the region, and the region in India</span></span><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">.</span></span></span></p> <table width="158" align="left" style="width: 158px; height: 186px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=5><img width="138" border="0" align="left" height="189" src="http://www.tasveerghar.net/welcome/ganeshdivx.jpg" alt="Ganesh with lamps" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=5> Fig.05</a></td></tr></table></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">Lakshmi has another specific connection with the medium of calendar art in general, and the theme of &lsquo;welcome&rsquo; In particular. The annual peak season for retailing calendars is not in fact the beginning of the 'calendar year', so-called, but the new year by another calendar -- Diwali, the Hindu festivalof lights in October/November. Prior to Diwali, through much of India, houses and businesses are spruced up, new account books opened, and old icons replaced with new. A vast retail chain is activated to distribute the calendars, from wholesalers to picture-framing establishments to wayside stalls to pavement vendors, from cities to villages to the very remotest corners of the country. Along with the related everyday 'art' of </span></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">the matchbox, calendars are the most ubiquitous products of the modernday mass media, penetrating virtually everywhere.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">Lakshmi is an object of special ritual attention during Diwali. Homes and shops are </span></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">illuminated with earthen lamps, candles and fairy lights to welcome the goddess and the good fortune she will bring for the coming year. The lighted lamp is both the instrument of her worship and the semiotic sign of her presence. And it can also stand alone, synecdochically, as a symbol of the auspiciously sacred, a versatile decorative motif wheresoever one looks.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"> <table width="427" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" align="center" style="width: 427px; height: 203px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=6><img width="190" border="0" align="left" height="149" src="http://www.tasveerghar.net/welcome/diyax.jpg" alt="" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=6> Fig.06</a></td></tr></table></span></span></td> <td style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><table valign="middle"><tr><td> <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=7><img border="0" align="right" src="http://www.tasveerghar.net/welcome/happydivalix.jpg" alt="" style="width: 156px; height: 195px;" style="border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-bottom-style: none"/></a></td></tr><tr><td align="Center" > <a class="navigation-a" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=7> Fig.07</a></td></tr></table></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td></tr></table><table style="width:850px"><tr><td></td><td align="right"><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:12px;color:#ffffff;">Select Page</span><select id="cmbPages" class="text-box" onchange="javascript:openPage();"> <option value="1">1</option><option value="2">2</option><option value="3">3</option><option value="4">4</option><option value="5">5</option><option value="6">6</option></select> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">function openPage(){ var i = document.getElementById('cmbPages').value; var path =window.location.pathname.substring(0,window.location.pathname.lastIndexOf('/')); if(i== 1) window.location.href = path + "/index.html"; else window.location.href = path + "/index_" + (i-1) +".html"; } var path =window.location.pathname.substring(window.location.pathname.lastIndexOf('/')+1); if (path.indexOf('_') == -1) document.getElementById('cmbPages').value=1; else {path = path.substring(path.lastIndexOf('_')+1); document.getElementById('cmbPages').value=parseInt(path)+1;} </script><a href="index_1.html" class="navigation-a" style="color:#ffffff;">Next</a></td></tr><tr><td align="center" colspan="2"><a class="gallery-a" style="color:#ffffff;" href=http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/viewgallery.aspx?id=61&EId=65&ImageId=1>Visit The Gallery</a> </td></tr><tr><td align="center" colspan="2"><a href="http://www.tasveergharindia.net" class="footer-a" style="color:#ffffff;"> Tasveer Ghar Home </a>-<a href="http://www.tasveergharindia.net/frmessaylisting.aspx" class="footer-a" style="color:#ffffff;"> Gallery </a>-<a href="http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/pages/copyright.html" class="footer-a" style="color:#ffffff;"> Disclaimer on images </a>-<a href="http://tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/pages/Contact_Us.html" class="footer-a" style="color:#ffffff;"> Contact us </a>-<a href="http://tasveergharindia.net/Unsubscriber.aspx" class="footer-a" style="color:#ffffff;"> UnSubscriber </a></td></tr></table></div><script type="text/javascript">try {var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-8020078-1");pageTracker._trackPageview();} catch(err) {}</script> </body></html>