Museum has brought out general and researched prized publications in the form of a handy guide, brochure, catalouges of Gandhara and Brahminical sculptures, miniature paintings and contemporary objects, sets of picture postcards and reproductions of the master pieces of the museum collection, for the benefit of scholars, art lovers and public in general. Soon museum will be adding the hand list of its collection for reference purposes.
The guide gives general information regarding the collection, sections, infrastructure, activities and services of Government Museum and Art Gallery .
The book is the first ever study of about 100 pieces of Indian Medieval Sculptures in the collection of Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh. The format of the book is in the nature of a catalogue. Two preceding chapters give a lucid exposition of the salient features of Medieval Indian Sculptures in the Museum Collection. About sixty plates give a glimpse of the representative sculptures.
The handlist aims to fulfill the need to provide comprehensive information to the public and scholars regarding the importance of the Devi Miniature Collection of this museum. Miniatures have been put together school-wise bearing the caption.
The book is in the form of a hand list and contains the information on Sikh paintings in Chandigarh Museum compiled in a comprehensive manner. It is useful in tracing the development of the history of painting under Sikh influence if not patronage. The photo reproductions of all Sikh miniatures have been provided and are grouped according to subject matter to facilitate comparative study.
The catalogue documents the Gandhara collection of Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh . The catalogue carries all photographs along with negative numbers. Though contact prints have been used, a brief description of each makes the picture adequately clear.
The book records the correspondence which the author had on problems of Pahari paintings with W.G. Archer, Karl Khandalavala, J. K. Galbraith, Mulk Raj Anand, Mildred Archer and F. S. Aijazuddin. Reviews of many books on Pahari painting is also given.
The volume constitutes the outcome of the deliberations at the International Colloquium on Gandhara Art held in March, 1998 at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh. The volume consists of a detailed general introduction and articles contributed by eminent and distinguished scholars specialized in their respective fields. In addition, there is a detailed catalogue of all 627 pieces of Gandhara Sculptures originally received from Lahore Museum at the time of the partition in 1947. All these 627 pieces are reproduced as illustrated material for the volume. This volume will be an indispensable asset for the scholars interested in the culture of the Kushana period in general and Gandhara sculpture in particular.
The catalogue covers the Sikh manuscripts in the collection of Government Museum and Art Gallery. A large part of the collection, mainly the copies of Adi Granth, is donated by Dr. Man Singh Nirankari.
The monograph is devoted to the stylistic study of ten miniatures of the Lahore Laur Chanda in the collection of Government Museum and Art Gallery.