Art & Aesthetics
ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF VEDIC RITUALSISBN : 81-7305-309-XEdited By :H. C. RANADE
(2006, XXXvi+348pp., Bibl., B/w Illus. 209)
The present lexicon explains the meaning and significance of ritualistic terms frequently occurring in the Śrauta-Sūtras, together with a short description of the sacrificial rites connected or meant therewith. It is an outcome of the engagement of the author with Śrauta ritual for a very long time. He has not only a first-hand knowledge of the texts but also a practical acquaintance with the subject acquired through participating in such sacrifices….Read MoreEvery term has been traced back to its original source for which exact references have been provided. A proper understanding of the technical terminology of the Vedic ritual is a precondition for understanding ritualistic texts connected with the Vedas and also the sacrificial performances mentioned therein. No proper understanding of a Śrauta-Sūtras is possible without knowing the basic concepts and the details of the ritualistic terms. Sketches and photographs of Vedic implements and performances are an added advantage of this lexicon, which will help the reader immensely in
understanding the related terms.
The dictionary is the first of its kind in view of its vast coverage, authenticity and reliability. We are sure that it will prove to be an indispensable asset for every scholar who wants to familiarize himself with the Vedic ritual and the philosophy behind it.
INDIAN NARRATOLOGYISBN : 81-207-2502-6Edited By :K. Ayyappa Paniker
(2003, v+200 pp., appen., bibl., index)
This book is an attempt to provide a bird’s eye-view of the efforts made by Indians in the past, to arrive at various strategies in the art of narration. Without going into elaborate details about each of these strategies, it tries to highlight the awareness with which Indian storytellers have established very clear demarcations…Read Morewithin the highly variegated panorama of the art and science of Indian narrative, which has often been ignored or neglected by comparative literature experts, both inside India and outside. It identifies ten major models of narration, with occasional comments on their possible impact on the Western narrators. These models are: the Vedic, the Purāṇic, the Itihāsa, the Śṛṅkhlā, the Anyapadeśa, the Mahākāvya, the Draviḍian, the Folk-tribal and the Miśra. The introductory chapter outlines the theory and practice of the narrative in India, while the concluding chapter discusses the relation between narrative and narratology. The Appendix briefly outlines the Asian narrative tradition.
INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE AND THE HUMAN IMAGEISBN : 81-246-0044-9Edited By :S. C. MALIK and PAT BONI
This work incorporates Prof. Maurice Friedman’s lectures, discussions and exchanges which took place in the Intercultural Dialogue at many levels. The integral dialogical approach of Friedman within the framework of the human image, coincides with the holistic visions of the ongoing work at the IGNCA.
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ISLAMIC ART AND SPIRITUALITYISBN : 090-38803-53Edited By :Seyyed Hossein Nasr
(1990, x+213pp., col.& B&W illus. index)
This is the first book in English to deal with the spiritual significance of Islamic art including not only the plastic arts but also literature and music. Relying upon his extensive knowledge of the Islamic religion in both its exoteric and esoteric dimensions as well as the various Islamic sciences,… Read Morethe author relates Islamic revelation and the spirituality which have issued from it. The author brings out the spiritual significance of the Islamic arts ranging from architecture to music as seen, heard and experienced by one living within the universe of the Islamic tradition.
Through his treatment the forms of lslamic art become transparent and reveal their proper significance. This book, however, addresses itself to all those who are attracted to the study of art in its relation to spirituality as well as to those who seek to understand more fully the Islamic religion and the civilization it brought into being.
MAHATMA GANDHI AND ARTISBN : 81-85503-060-0Edited By :Y P Anand
This monograph is based on a lecture delivered by Y.P. Anand, Director, National Gandhi Museum, Rajghat, New Delhi, on “Mahatma Gandhi and Art” in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, on 21 December 2001…Read MoreThe monograph attempts to cover a broad structure of Gandhiji’s views on “art”. A few of his early expressions of art and beauty before he was deeply absorbed into the relentless public life, imprisonments, satyagrahas, fasts and constructive work, are given in Chapter 2 as indicating the presence of basic sense of art in him. Next, in Chapter 3 are given some randomly selected pieces of Gandhiji’s writing to indicate that, if literature is a form of art, Gandhiji was no less than a great artist himself. Chapter 4 is the heart of this monograph. It gives specific and wide ranging views of Gandhiji on numerous aspects of art, beauty and music, expressed mostly through his interactions with G. Ramachandran, Dilip Kumar Roy, Gurudev Tagore, Romain Rolland, Verrier Elwin, Devi Prasad and Mukul Dey. Chapter 5 concludes this monograph with a brief summary.
Mughal and Persian Paintings and Illustrated Manuscripts in the Raza Library, RampurISBN : 81-85503-07-9-0Edited By :Barbara Schmitz & Ziyad-Din A. Desai
During the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, the Nawwabs of Rampur, the hereditary rulers of Rohilkhaṇḍ, a district some 75 km, east of New Delhi, amassed a large collection of books and art, including illustrated books and album paintings. Their collection was given to the people of India after independence…Read More
The Raza Library at Rampur thus possesses a remarkable collection of Mughal and Persian paintings and illustrated books. This includes miniatures from the great Jahāṅgīrnāma, considered by many as the greatest of all Mughal
illustrated manuscripts. The Raza Library holdings of the Akbar period are equally distinguished including a work on astrology Tarjama-i Sirr al-maktūm and a Dīwān-i Hafiẓ”?- with eleven miniatures by Akbar’s best court artists painted in Lahore about 1585, published here with much new scholarship. A painting of the aging Jahāṅgīr at the jharokhā and many other portraits of the seventeenth-nineteenth centuries will come as wonderful surprises to those interested in Indian art throughout the world.
Most of the miniatures (some 4,000 in number) and the contents of thirty-five albums of paintings
(an additional 1,000 items) are catalogued herein. Many of these are being reproduced for the first time.
The catalogue entries include up-to-date scholarly research on Mughal and Persian panting. An extensive bibliography and numerous indices make this volume a helpful tool for scholars.
The catalogue’s 330 illustrations will delight every reader.
NUMISMATIC ART OF INDIA: DOCUMENTATION OF MATERIALSISBN : 81-215-1187-9Edited By :B. N. Mukherjee
(2007, (Vol. I) xi+263pp., intro., plates)
Volume I: This volume deals with the numismatic art of India up to c. CE 1835. The modern age in Indian coinage commenced in about this year.
This volume contains a comprehensive history of art in Indian coins during the early and medieval periods. It embodies the first ever attempt in this direction…List of Abbreviations, Select Bibliography andRead More
numerous plates at the end illustrate several of the points discussed in this volume.
Volume II: The volume contains an Album of Masterpieces of lndian Coins.
The Album includes photographs of excellent Indian coins of early and medieval periods (with some exceptions). Each photograph is provided with a caption. The relevant coins are significant for the study of numismatic art of early and medieval India.
Volume ISBN 2007, (Vol. I) xi+263pp., intro., plates 81-215-1187-9 2007 (Vol. II) ix=298pp., plates 81-215-1188-7
RELIGION AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS- A MonographISBN :Edited By :Seyyed Hossein Nasr
In a memorable lecture delivered by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the author delves deep into the causes of the environmental crisis which has gripped both the developed and the developing world. His piercing and sharp argument takes us through the different approaches of mankind toward nature and the manner in which pure science and technology have been used, to satisfy greed, not need.
SARADA AND TAKARI ALPHABETS: ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENTISBN : 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.
The Life and Times of La Meri – The Queen of Ethnic DanceISBN : 81-7305-292-1Edited By :Monograph by: Usha Venkateswaran
(2005, xv+113pp., appen.)
Russel Meriwether Hughes, born in Louisville, Kentucky, on 13 May 1898, later came to be known as “LaMeri”, the dancer, poet, writer, ethnic dance teacher and choreographer of repute. She travelled three times around the world and each time she diligently studied authentic dance forms and made them part of her repertoire…Read More
She came to India, “her dreamland”, and managed to learn Bharatanatyam from Papanasam Vadivelu and Kathakfrom Ram Dutt Tiwari and held performances very creditably. She
analysed all the dance movements and created a good methodology for teaching the varied dance forms from different countries. She was called the “Queen of Ethnic Dances” and energetically propagated the dances, fior she believed in dance as the best form of communications, to bring about peace and amity among people from different cultures.
The present monograph is a precise and insightful attempt to look into the life and times of La Meri. The author has dealt with the subject with great care and sensitivity. The six chapters – Looking Through a Mirror; A Glimpse of Personal Life; Images: La Meri and the Indian Imagery; Crystals: La Meri as an Ethnic Dance Expert; Reflections: Inspirations and Achievements; Spotlight: Stars on and off the Stage, and Rainbow: The Colourful Life and Beyond – illustrate different facets of her colourful personality. The text, supplemented by excellent and rare photographs, bears testimony to the versatility ofLa Meri, the artist and La Meri, the woman.
It is hoped that this monograph will add significantly to the meagre literature on this extraordinary artist.