(English) RURAL CONTEXT OF PRIMARY EDCATIONISBN :Edited By :BAIDYANATH SARASWATI
(1996, 27pp., col. illus.)
स्केयर्ड कॉम्पलैक्स ऑफ द गुरुवयूर टेम्पलISBN : 978-81-7305-388-7Edited By :P.R.G. Mathur
(2009, 246pp., + xxvi, col. illus 129, bibl., Figs. & Maps 28, Index)
Sacred Complex of the Guruvayur Temple is the first comprehensive study of the Tāntric aspects of the famous Guruvayur Śrī Kṛṣṇa Temple, which has become the second richest and busy pilgrim centre in India, in recent years…Read MoreThe uniqueness of the Guruvayur Sacred Complex is its universal appeal. The secrets of the Sacred Complex of Guruvayur are described in simple language for the lay devotees by the author. He has combined the humility of a votary with objectivity of a scientific researcher. This pioneering and outstanding work is expected to receive attention from social scientists, planners and administrators and inspire researchers to study other sacred temple complexes as mirrors of Indian religious tradition.
संगीत नारायण खंड I और IIISBN : 978-81-208-3289-3Edited By :Mandakaranta Bose
(2009, xix + 968 pp)
The Saṅgītanārāyaṇa is a Sanskrit text on music and dance written in the seventeenth century by Puruṣottama Miśra, a minister at the court of King Gajapati Nārāyaṇadeva of Parlākimiḍi in Orissa and his instructor in musicology, with the assistance of the king…Read MoreWhile the precise date of the Sang”itaniiriiya1Ja is not known, its relationship to Puruṣottama Miśra and Gajapati Nārāyaṇadeva prompts us to place it in the first half of the seventeenth century.
One of the most valuable and extensive texts on music and dance from eastern India, the Saṅgītanārāyaṇa consists of four chapters, the first on vocal music (gītanirṇaya), the second on instrumental music ( vādyanirṇaya), the third on dance and dramatic art (nāṭyanirṇaya), and the fourth chapter that provides examples of musical compositions (śuddhaprabandhodhāraṇa).
Altogether fifteen manuscripts of the text are known to exist, some full and some fragmentary. An edition of the text comprising all the four chapters was published first by Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1966 under the joint editorship of Pandit Vanambaracarya, Kavichandra Kalicharan Patnaik and Shri Kedarnath Mahapatra. A more recent edition of the three musicological chapters was accomplished in 1987 by Jonathan Katz at Oxford but remains yet unpublished. Present edition is the first critical edition, which also provides an English translation of the text.
शारदा एंड तकारी एल्फाबेट्सः ऑरीजिन एंड एल्फाबेट्सISBN : 81-246-0412-6Edited By :Bhushan Kumar Kaul Deambi
Among the Indian scripts the Śāradā script has a pride of place. Though an alphabet of Kashmir par excellence it remained for several centuries a popular script of an extensive area of north-western India including Afghanistan, Gandhāra or north-western Pakistan, the Darad territories of Gilgit, Chilas and Chitral, Ladakh, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi…Read MoreThe epigraphic and literary records written in the Śāradā script that have surfaced in these regions have thrown welcome light on many facets of the history and culture of the area of their provenance. Nearly the entire extant manuscripts of Sanskrit works including those on science, mathematics and erotics besides some old Kashmiri texts are written in this script.
The Śāradā alphabet was replaced in the thirteenth century by its descendant, Devāśeṣa, which in turn gave rise to the modern alphabet of Ṭākarī. The epigraphic, literary and other valuable
documents of Himachal Pradesh available are mostly written in Devāśeṣa and Ṭākarī. But it is sad that the number of scholars having a sound knowledge of the ṣāradā and Ṭākarī scripts is extremely small. There is every apprehension of the complete loss of these two scripts unless serious measures are taken to disseminate the knowledge under the guidance of the epigraphy stalwart to our younger generation of scholars.
The entire study of the present work is based on original records and is comprehensively illustrated by palaeographic tables and charts prepared from published facsimiles, photographs, original inscriptions and manuscripts. To give an idea of the records written in these two scripts, printed photographs of the inscriptions, manuscripts, documents, etc., have been given at the end of the book.
It is hoped that the book would serve as a guide and an aid for the scholars interested in the study of the important and valuable records written in ṣāradā and Ṭākarī scripts which are otherwise preserved in museums and libraries in India and abroad.
सरस्वतीकंठब्रहनमISBN : 978-81-208-3281Edited By :Sundari Siddhartha
(2009, 466pp., abb., intra.)
The Sarasvatīkaṇṭhābharaṇam is a work on poetics (Bhoja has another work on grammar under the same name). This encyclopaedic compilation is a record of the wide range of human experience and knowledge that interested Bhoja…Read MoreIt discusses the usual topics of poetics in an unusual manner- doṣa, guṇa, doṣaguṇa, alaṁkāra, rasa, dṛśya and śravya kāvya. There are many earlier editions of this work, some with even two commentaries. But this alone has an English translation. The text has been exhaustively and incisively edited, without obscuring Bhoja’s thought and intent.
Poetry cannot be fitted into rigid classes either of matter or of manner. Rightfully is Bhoja unfettered by the terms and definitions, armed with which writers try to study “great poetry”. Bhoja has a practical approach and does not involve in the speculation on the soul of poetry. He holds rasa to be the crux of poetry. Śṛṅgāra is the foremost which can gather into itself all the other rasas. Bhoja uses Abhimāna and ahaṁāra as synonymous with rasa. It is, hence, inferred that the identification with the action and with the chief character, on the part of the reader, brings about this delight. The self-transcending state of aesthetic delight, spoken of by Abhinavagupta may be a more advanced stage of this joy.
सलेक्टेड लेटर्स ऑफ आनंद के. कुमारस्वामीISBN : 19-562306-1Edited By :ALVIN MOORE, JR. and RAMA POONAMBULAM COOMARASWAMY
(1988, xxxiii+479 pp. App., bibl., indexes)
Ananda K Commaraswamy’s contributions in the field of art and literature are stupendous. But little is known about the man himself. The letters included in this volume, published for the first time, reveal the being of this uncompromising man, who believed in no theories…Read Moreof ideologies, political or philosophic isms. Combining scientific precision acquired through his training as a geologist, with his own great sensitivity, Coomaraswamy addresses himself to the disciplines of history, philosophy, religion, arts and crafts. The letters show incredible range of his mind which cuts across civilizations, cultures, languages, arts and crafts, encompassing the whole.
श्री रामायण – महान्वेषणम्ISBN : 978-81-267-1679-1Edited By :M. Virappa Moili, Dr. Pradhan Gurudatt
धर्म वही शाश्वत होता है जो समय की समस्याओं का निदान करने में सक्षम हो। पुराण कथाओं में समय की सारी समस्याओं का समाधान निहित होता है इसलिए पुराण “धर्म-ग्रन्थ” कहे गए हैं। वे समय की सीमाओं को लाँघकर, सैकड़ों पीढ़ियों तक दोहराए जाते हैं।…Read Moreपुराण-पुरुष नही है जिसका जीवन-वृत्त पाठक या श्रोता के मन में साहस और आत्मविश्वास की ज्योति जला दे। पौराणिक आख्यानों में निहित शाश्वत समाधान प्रस्तुत करके समाज को नव-जागरण और नव-निर्वाण की प्रेरणा देना लेखक का दायित्व है। वही तत्त्व लेखन की श्रेष्ठता और सफलता की कसौटी है।
कन्नड़ के प्रसिद्ध लेखक श्री वीरप्पा मोयिली ने इस ग्रन्थ में वाल्मीकि के आधार से, सुमित्रानंद्न श्री लक्ष्मण के अति ओजस्वी व्यक्तित्व को “महान्वेषण” के शब्दावरण में सजाने का प्रयत्न किया है। मोयिली के सौमित्र दीन-दलित मानवता के उत्थान के लिए जो प्रेरणा देते है वे मंत्र आज भी उतने की प्रासंगिक और कार्यकारी प्रतीत होते हैं जितने वे हजारों साल पहले रहे होंगे। इस प्रकार अतीत के दीपक से वर्तमान को प्रकाशित करने का प्रयत्न है श्री रामायण महान्वेषणम्।
श्री श्री रूपगोस्वामिप्रभुपादप्रणीतः – श्री श्री भक्तिरसामृतसिन्धुःISBN : 81-208-1546-7Edited By :Premlata Sharma
(1998(Vol.I), lxviii+564pp., intro)
श्री श्री भक्तिरसामृतसिन्धु केवल गौड़ीय परम्परा का प्रमुख ग्रन्थ ही नहीं है अपितु पूरे देश में भक्तिरस का जो भी प्रतिपादन हुआ है उसकी पराकाष्ठा इसमें निबद्ध है।…Read More
श्री श्री भक्तिरसामृतसिन्धु में भक्ति का साङ्गोपाङ्ग निरूपण परम्परा प्राप्त नौ रसों में से शान्त और श्रृङ्गार से दास्य, सख्य और वात्सल्य को जोड़कर पाँच मुख्य भक्तिरस और शेष सात – हास्य, करुण, वीर, भयानक, बीभत्स, रौद्र एवं अद्भुत – को गौण भक्तिरस बनाकर द्वादश भक्तिरस का प्रतिपादन है।
Volume ISBN Price 1998(Vol.I), lxviii+564pp., intro. 81-208-1546-7 Rs. 850 2003 (Vol II) lxxv+536pp. 81-208-1985-3 Rs. 1400
शिल्प प्रकाशISBN : 81-208-2052-5Edited By :BETTINA BÄUMER, RAJENDRA PRASAD DAS AND SADANANA DAS
(2005,xix+471pp., 21 figs., plates, notes, gloss., bibl., indexes)
“The Śilpa-prakāśa is an important addition to the existing literature on Indian Śilpa texts” (V.S. Agrawala)…Read MoreThis early text on Orissan Temple architecture (possibly from the tenth century CE) describes various temple types of Orissa, but especially a tantric temple termed Vimānamālinī with its sub-types padmagarbha and Kāmagarbha. The latter could be identified with the tenth century Vārāhī Temple at Caurāsī near Koṇārka. The text goes into great detail of the architecture, the iconography and the symbolism of all the parts of the temple. Its unique contribution lies in the description of yantras or symbolic diagrams underlying the architecture as well as sculpture.Read less
The original author was not only a practising tantric, but also an expert architect speaking from experience. The text was first discovered, edited and translated by Alice Boner with the help of Pandit Sadasiva Nath Sarma of Purī, and published by Brill (Leiden) in 1966. The present edition is a completely revised version of text and translation, with new illustrations, on the basis of a palmleaf manuscript, with added indices.
This edition will be extremely valuable for understanding not only the temple construction but
the entire symbolism underlying the unique temples of Orissa.
शिल्परत्नकोषISBN : 81-208-1216-0-1Edited By :BETTINA BAUMER and RAJENDRA PRASAD DAS
(1994, ix+228 pp.,illus., plates, gloss., bibl., indexes)
The Śilparatnakośa is a seventeenth-century CE Orissan text describing all the parts of the temple and the most important temple types of Orissa, such as the Mañjuśrī and Khākāra…Read MoreIt also contains a section on sculpture (Prāsādamūrti) and an appendix on image-making. The text, though much later than the temples described, reflects the still-living tradition and contributes much to clarify the terminology of Orissan temple architecture. It also contains interesting references to the symbolism of the temple and its elements. The most important contribution of this text, however, lies in the identification of the Mañjuśrī Temple with the Śrīcakra, which has helped to re-identify the Rājarānī Temple at Bhubaneswar as a temple dedicated to Rājarājeśvarī in the form of a Śrīcakra.