Uday Shan-Kar - Dance of the Snake Charmer


Pencil drawing

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25.0 x 18.8 cm
Pencil and coloured pencil on tracing paper
Condition: Fair/Good - repaired section bottom left and centre right

The Art of Frank Hinder (Enid Hawkins with Phillip Mathews Book Publishers, 2011, pp.37-38)
Pencil drawings (images below) of Uday Shan-Kar in a similar pose but without the snake and in black and white are in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Australia (not for sale).

Renee Free writes in The Art of Frank Hinder:
... Boston ... was on the circuit of major art exhibitions and concerts. The Hinders attended the Boston Pops, presided over by Arthur Fiedler. Koussevitsky was resident conductor. May Bignon Wignam and the De Basil Ballet performed there, as did Indian dancer, Uday Shan-Kar, who had studied with Pavlova. Margel had studied dance from 1920 to 1924 in Buffalo, with a Miss Curtin, a pupil of Isadora Duncan. Margel was immediately impressed with Shan-Kar's adaptation of Hindu temple dance in depth compared to the more frontal Western approach. Hinder was to draw Shan-Kar in 1933, at the time when his own work was perfectly attuned to express the rhythmic quality. Three drawings are in Australian public collections, but the final watercolour, exhibited in Sydney in 1937, was destroyed.

Many thanks to Renee who advised us of the existence of this video of Uday Shan-Kar.

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