Death of Balarama - Illustrations from the Barddhaman edition of Mahabharata
During nineteenth century the princely state of Barddhaman (Burdwan) in Bengal had patronized literature and arts immensely. Many ancient Sanskrit scriptures and Hindu epics were translated into Bangla and published regularly. The then ruler of Barddhaman, Maharaja Mahatab Chand Bahadur (1820 - 1879) encouraged such activities.
Here we showcase six illustrations from the Barddhaman edition of Mahabharata, which were printed in wood engraving technique. On the cover was pasted a wood engraved portrait of the ruler of Barddhaman.
Death of Balarama
Indus civilization, also called Indus valley civilization or Harappan civilization, the earliest known urban culture of the Indian subcontinent. The nuclear dates of the civilization appear to be about 2500–1700 BCE, though the southern sites may have lasted later into the 2nd millennium BCE. Among the world’s three earliest civilizations—the other two are those of Mesopotamia and Egypt—the Indus civilization was the most extensive.