Writings on Geology and Mineralogy: Scientific Papers and CommentISBN : 81-7304-373-6Edited By :A. RANGANATHAN and K. SRINIVASA RAO
This volume deals with Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s contribution to the geology and mineralogy of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The material in the volume has been arranged in three sections: the first contains his articles on geology and mineralogy of Ceylon published in scientific journals; the second includes the classic Ceylon Administrative Reports which he wrote in 1903-06;…Read Moreand the final section is mainly concerned with several comments on Coomaraswamy’s work which highlight his reputation as mainstream geologist.
His greatest contribution to geology was his discovery of the mineral Thorianite in 1904. It was characteristic of Coomaraswamy’s self-effacement and scientific modesty that instead of immortalizing his own name, he preferred to name it Thorianite. It is hoped that this volume on Coomaraswamy’s contribution to the earth sciences, quite different from his undoubted greatness as an exponent of the Perennial Philosophy, will be of great interest to his innumerable admirers.
YAKSAGANAISBN : 81-7017-357-4Edited By :K. Shivarama Karanth
(1997, 252pp., line drawings, col. illus., appen., index)
One of the theatre forms of Karnataka generally described as folk but processing a strong classical connection, is the Yaksagana. Although the name signifies the music of celestial beings, Yaksagana is an amalgam of the sky with the earth…Read MoreThere is both mystery and robustness about this form in which singing and drumming merge with dancing, and words with gestural interpretation, and players clad in costumes of striking colour and contours.
The author was the foremost authority on Yaksagana and had been working on all its aspects, namely dance, music, and literature, since 1930. He has spent decades travelling to remote villages within Karnataka to inspect and study every Yaksagana manuscript, the earliest going back to 1651A.D. With his fine literary judgement and aesthetic sensibility, he has traced the changing trends in the performance of Yaksagana. He has put together his findings in this work in English. The present volume is a revised edition of his earlier book, with additional material and illustrations.
Yaksas: Essays in the Water CosmologyISBN : 019-563385-7Edited By :Paul Schroeder (ed.)
(1993, xviii+339 pp. b&w Plates, index)
Yakṣas was originally published by the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in two parts (1928 and 1931). Subsequently, Ananda Coomaraswamy re-thought his topic and collected
a great deal of iconographic and literary material that permitted him to reconstitute a pre-Vedic cosmology with which the Yakṣas, a whole series of pre-vedic and non-Vedic divinities, were intimately associated…Read More
In part I, Coomaraswamy examined the origin of Yakṣas in the context of Vedic, Brāhmanical and Upani adic literature. His thorough revisions of the early chapters of part I are incorporated in this edition. Coomaraswamy dealt with the interpretative levels of the artistic motif in part II. He delved deeper to unfold the water cosmology underlying what may appear on surface as either a minor deity or tutelary god, or only an ornamental motif.
Coomaraswamy did not restrict himself to the Indian literature on water cosmology but drew attention to many ancient cultures, especially those of Egypt and Iran.
AJANTA – HANDBOOK OF THE PAINTINGSISBN : 978-81-7305-453-2Edited By :Dieter Schlingloff
(2013, 517 pp)
Prof. Dieter Schlingloff is one of the leading experts onthe paintings of Ajanta. He has been engaged with the task of identifying the subject matter of the Ajanta Paintings in rich detail – a pre-requisite for further research. His steadfast research for last forty years constitutes…Read Morea brilliant corpus of books and articles on the paintings of Ajanta. The present work comprises the quintessence of his research on the narrative wall paintings, their literary sources and the cultural background.
In Prof. Schlingloff’s own words , ” The narrative paintings of the ancient period of Ajanta are of no less quality than the contemporaneous paintings of Roman Pompeu, and like those, they are the only testimonies of the marvellous art of narrative wall-paintings elsewhere lost. The glory of ancient Indian culture and the high standard of its morality as revealed in the Ajanta paintings should become known worldwide”.
The narrative wall paintings thus forms the subject matter of the present publication arranged in three volumes where the main focus remains on the relationship of the text and the image that will hopefully stimulate further discussion and investigation in similar fields.
Volume ISBN Narrative Wall Paintings Vol.I Interpretation 2013, 517 pp. 978-81-7305-453-2 Narrative Wall Paintings Vol.II Supplement 2013, 350 pp 978-81-7305-454-9 Narrative Wall Paintings Vol.III Plates 2013, xvii pp. 978-81-7305-456-3
ANCIENT CITIES, SACRED SKIES: COSMIC GEOMETRIES AND CITY PLANNING IN ANCIENT INDIAISBN : 81-7305-189-5Edited By :MCKIM and L. M. GUJRAL , Distributor: Aryan Books International, New Delhi -2
(2000, xii+138pp., line drawings, b&w plates, gloss. index)
The seven technical papers presented here in this volume endeavour to re-create as fully as possible the mind-scape of the people as it effected the structures of their cities……Read MoreThe cities and landscapes described cover a time span of over 4,500 years from the Harappan city of Dholavira to the great empire of Vijayanagara kings. It also talks about the architects who designed some of the cosmic geometries of these cities
It is hoped that this interdisciplinary study of the subject will facilitate a deeper comprehension of the relationship of the physio-cultural, economic dimensions and the planning and organization of specific territory.
BHAGAT BANI IN SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB: SHABAD AND ITS RESONANCEISBN :Edited By :J.S. NEKI, S.S. NOOR, MOLLY KAUSHAL ,Distributor: B. K. Offset, Delhi - 32
(2008, 126pp., Introduction, Preface,)
This book is an outcome of the seminar jointly organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Punjabi Academy, Delhi in December, 2006 on “Confluence of Traditions: Bhagat Bānī in Śrī Guru Granth Sahib”. ….Read MoreThe IGNCA, since its very inception has been conducting research and documenting musical heritage of diverse communities of India under its Ādi Śravya (primal sound) programme of the Janapada Sampada Division. The focus of the Ādi Śravya programme is on the chanted, sung and recited word. The bānī of gurus and saints contained in Śrī Guru Granth Sāhib provides a unique and distinct experience of this sacred Śabda. Folk, devotional and classical music has flourished side by side in Punjab for centuries. Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam, the dominant religious faiths of Punjab, each have their distinct music repertoires, linked to a specific setting; spiritual and aesthetic needs. The four divisions of Punjabi’s musical repertoire Sūfiānā Qalām, Qawwśli, gurmat saṅgīt and bhakti saṅgīt – are rooted in specific spiritual experience.
CONCEPT AND RESPONSESISBN : 0-944142-18-4
(1992, 184pp, line drawings, col. and b&w plates, gloss)
This book reflects the vast range of responses and cultural approaches to a unique architectural challenge – the designing of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, a sprawling cultural complex in New Delhi. The international competition for the IGNCA design drew 194 entries from thirty-seven countries and carried an award of Rs.10,00,000……Read More
Presented here are approximately fifty of the proposals, of which the first five prize winning entries are set forth in some detail. The selection was made by the eminent archiect A.P. Kanvinde, a former student of Walter Gropius at Harvard and a member of the IGNCA Jury. Beyond the purpose of documentation, this book serves as an encyclopaedia of ideas and information for architects and builders throughout the world.
CONCEPT OF TIMEISBN : 81-207-1644-2, Rs 1250(HB)Edited By :KAPILA VATSYAYANRs.1,250.00
The volume comprises a selection of fifty four papers presented at the seminar held in November 1990 at IGNCA where over sixty delegates from twelve countries and a dozen disciplines were engaged in profound and meaningful dialogue for six….Read Moredays. Each paper brings a penetrating insight into this all permeating and pervading preoccupation of man since the dawn of awareness of his being and becoming. The papers are grouped into eight sections: (l)Time: Concept, (2) Time: The Philosophic Discourse, (3) Time: Geological and Biological, (4) Time: Social and Cultural, (5) Time: Ritual, (6) Time: Response of the Arts, (7) Time: Consciousness, and (8) Time: Transcendence and Immanence
Glimpses of Content
D. P. Agrawal
G. C. Pande
P. M. Bhargava
M. A. Lakshmithathachar
Singh Preter Malekin
Meers Aster Patel
S. C. Malik
J. M. Malville
T. S. Maxwell
Jr. S. Rinpoche
H. H. The Dalai Lama
Michael W. Meister
B. N. Saraswati
D. F. Miller
C. V. Seshadri
M. A. Dhaki
P. K. Mukhopadhyay
Prem Lata Sharma
G. H. Muller
S. H. Nasr
G. D. Sontheimer
Irene J. Winter
CULTURE OF PEACEISBN : 81-246-0124-0Edited By :BAIDYANATH SARASWATI
Is peace a dream? A Utopian abstraction in a dehumanized, fragmented world, stockpiling all-devastating war machines? And can we possibly uphold the culture of peace amidst the growing cult of violence and blind consumerism, or in a climate of distrust, acrimony and intolerance?…Read MoreEmbodying the presentations of an Asian Conference: 25-29 November 1996 in New Delhi on “The Culture of Peace: the Experiences and the Experiments”, this volume addresses these and other kindred questions, with a rare insightfulness.[expand title=”View Book”]
Cutting across narrow compartmentalizations of disciplines, some of the best minds from Asian countries here share, with wider audiences, their concern for peace, situating their sensuous/intellectual/spiritual experiences in a culture of peace. Also identifying specificities in terms of peace-threatening issues, situations, geographical zones, the volume attempts to show how education, individual responsibility, philosophy, ethics, artistic creativity, collective spirituality, Gandhian non-violence, Sufis universal love, and the Buddhist message of compassion and equnimity can reinforce the culture of peace even in the face of despair.
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DEER IN ROCK ART OF INDIA AND EUROPEISBN :
This book provides an overview of deer in the rock art of India and Europe and its representation through the historic period. In the Indian section valuable evidence from several sites has been provided. A glimpse of a deep and sensitive understanding of the deer in the man's life and nature in the Indian literary tradition has been presented.The European section reveals the geographical extent of the various species of deer, besides the myths, legends and fables structured around its presence.
ISBN : 81-85503-02-8
Edited By : GIACAMO CAMURI, ANGELO FOSSATI AND
(1993, xvi+150pp. tables, line – drawings., col. and b & w
Price : Rs. 400/-