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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: It is the natural instinct of a child

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: It is the natural instinct of a child
Photo: Hindu boys of the Brahmin caste, writing with pieces of chalk on their small blackboards at Lingayat School; India 1946.



​'It is the natural instinct of a child to work from within outwards; "First I think, and then I draw my think." What wasted efforts we make to teach the child to stop thinking, and only to observe!'

(Ananda K. Coomaraswamy)




Recommended Reading:

'The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy: Reflections on Indian Art, Life, and Religion' 

By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (Author), S. Durai Raja Singam (Editor), Joseph A. Fitzgerald (Editor), Whitall N. Perry (Introduction)

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Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was one of the most famous scholars of Indian art, culture, and religion. He served for many years as the Keeper of Indian and Islamic Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, establishing one of the most impressive collections of oriental artifacts in the world. This anthology contains thematically arranged excerpts from his many writings, letters, and speeches, making it a uniquely accessible collection of his wisdom and insight. It is richly illustrated with over 140 black-and-white historical photographs and paintings.



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