ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF INDIAN TEMPLE ARCHITECTUREISBN : 81-86526-00.5Edited By :M A Dhaky
(1996, text & plates, xxix+596pp., line drawings, gloss., index, 1,674 b&w plates, ISBN 81-86526-00.5)
Vol. I, Part 3: This part in two binds covers the full range of Indian temple architecture, surveys medieval temples and associated buildings in Upper Drāviḍadēśa,…Read Moreparticularly those in the territories of the Cāḷukyas of Kalyāṇa, Hoysaḷas of Dorassamudra, as well as in those of other dynasties such as the Kadambas, Raṭṭas, Guttas, Senas and Śāntaras in Karnataka and those in the domain of the Kākatīyas of Waraṅgal together with those of the Cāḷukyas of Vemulavāḍa; Telugu Coḍas, Reḍḍis, and Malyālas, all in theTeliṅgāṇa area of Andhra Pradesh, and finally the Ālupas of Tuḷunāḍu. Arranged by region and dynasty, the chapters also focus, wherever evidence is clear, on the nature of local idioms and origins of the regional styles. These are copiously illustrated with drawings and photographs.
Vol. II, Part 3: This part also in two binds surveys the tenth century temples (and associated structures) in different provinces of the north Indian megaterritory, built under the political aegis of the then ruling various provincial-principal and subordinate-dynasties. Among these, the more notable were the Cāhamānas of Śākambharī and of Naḍḍula, and Solaṅkīs of Aṇahillapāṭaka in westem India; also, the Kaḷacūris of Cedideśa olim Ḍāhaladeśa, Candellas of Jejākabhukti, and Kacchapaghāṭas of Gopagiri in central India and the Somavaṁśīs of Kaliṅgadeśa in eastem India. The text, running in twenty-one chapters, has copiously illustrated with drawings (ground plan and baseelevations) and adequate number of photographs.
Volume ISBN Vol I, 1996, text & plates, xxix+596pp., line drawings, gloss., index, 1,674 b&w plates 81-86526-00.5 Vol II, 1998, text & plates, xxviii+426pp., line drawings, gloss., index, 913 b&w plates 81-7304-226-8
ESSAYS OF JAINA ARTISBN : 81-7304-534-8Edited By :RICHARD J. COHEN
This volume deals with Coomaraswamy’s contribution to the study of Jaina art.
His writings on Jaina art span the entire period of his active working life as an art historian. He published his first article on the subject in 1914 and ended with a book review in 1943, four years before his death…Read MoreJaina art and its symbolic inventory held a special place in Coomaraswamy’s formulation of the history of Indian painting, indeed Indian civilization itself. He was the first to recognize its chronological place in the succession of style. The Jaina paintings are not only important for the student of Jaina iconography and archaeology which are illustrative of costumes, manners and customs, but are of greater interest because they are the oldest Indian paintings on paper, representing an almost unknown school of lndian art.
Holding the view that in order to make these paintings fully comprehensible, a short account of Jainism and of the legends of Mahāvīra and Kālakācārya, which are the main subject of the paintings is given in this volume. The chapters that follow deal with the explanation of various terms; Jaina cosmology; aesthetics and relationships of Jaina painting; the illustrated Jaina manuscripts; description of the figures; followed by a large number of illustrations.
Richard J. Cohen, an eminent American Indologist, has edited the book painstakingly, consulting not only the author’s authentic corrections, but also all the material available in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Library of the University of Pennsylvania. It is hoped that Coomaraswamy’s seminal and profound contribution to the study of Indian painting will benefit not only art historians, but also artists.
ESSAYS ON MUSICISBN : 81-7304-611-5Edited By :PREM LATA SHARMA
(2010, 153, Preface, Introduction)
These essays were published in a few books, journals, etc., mostly in the early years of the twentieth century. Coomaraswamy held that music in countless ways had been bound up with the Indian national culture, for it was the most universal expression of emotion-religious, amorous or martial… Read MoreMusic belonged to every part of life. The flute of Kṛṣṇa, the vīṇā of Sarasvatī, the dance of Śiva, the Gāyatrī as cosmic chant or music of the spheres; the hymns of passionate adoration of the southern Śaivite, all these belong to the association of music and religion.
In addition to the art of music, Coomarasway lays great emphasis on the folk songs of agriculture and crafts. This music is serving to lighten heavy labour, such as the songs of husbandmen, carters and boatmen. Music remained too intimately associated with religion, with drama and with life, whether courtly or popular and was faithfully guarded by tradition.
Coomaraswamy was much against the harmonium and gramophone, when compared to stringed instruments; even the piano, he held, was an inferior instrument. Every time these mechanical instruments were used in place of man, the Indian musician was degraded, his living was taken from him and the group soul of Indian life injured. Among musical instruments, he gave pride of place to the vīṇā.
He firmly believed that the importance of music in education can hardly be overestimated. He bemoaned that foreign (English) education had paralysed the living impulses of lndians, and driven India to a state of social disintegration. He advocated that the restoration of Indian folk and art music to its proper place in Indian education would result in the understanding of the self-expression of India in her music.
GANDHIAN EXPERIMENT IN PRIMARY EDUCATIONISBN :Edited By :BAIDYANATH SARASWATI
(1996, 23 pp.)
It highlights the functioning of a kindergarten school in Indonesia founded with objective of disseminating Gandhian ideas which would provide right orientation to the younger generation and make them responsible citizens. In the system the principle of svadeśī articulated at different levels of thought and action.
JAIN TEMPLES OF RAJASTHANISBN : 81-7017-348-5Edited By :Sehdev Kumar
(2001, xiv+207pp., line ills., col. and b&w ills., gloss., indexes)
The Jain temples at Dilwāṛā in Mount Ābu evoke a sense of awe for their sculptural artistry. Unnamed artists who had, for years, created exquisite pieces in ivory, now worked with marble, sculpting ceiling and domes, columns and walls, creating works of unparalleled beauty…Read MoreThey carried forward, and deepened, a rich tradition of temple building in India, with their plethora of images from Indian myths and legends. The most outstanding feature of these temples are the thousand-petalled lotuses that decorate the domes in the raṅgamaṇḍapas, signifying a very highly evolved technical and artistic achievement.
Some 200 km away from the Mount Ābu, in Ranakpur, the Ādīśvara Temple is an achievement of a different kind. It is renowned for its architectural splendour; a thousand columns that define its wondrous spaces are all unique, as no two are alike.
Using these temples as nodal points for a photographic and a reflective study, Prof. Sehdev Kumar explores the artistic nuances of these temples in the context of the rich tradition of temple architecture and iconography in India.
Ladakh ki Kala evam SanskritiISBN : 81-86616-78-7Edited By :Premsingh Jina
(2000, 168pp., col. illus., index)
प्रस्तुत पुस्तक में लद्दाख की बौद्ध संस्कृति के विविध आयाम यथा समाज, बौद्ध संस्कृति का इतिहास, बौद्ध कला का उद्भव एवं विकास, थंका चित्रकला का उद्भव एवं विकास, नव-वर्ष त्यौहार लोसर, आभूषण एवं वेशभूषा, वाद्य यंत्र आदि को संक्षिप्त रूप में प्रस्तुत करने का प्रयास किया गया है। यह कृति हिन्दी भाषी समुदाय के लिए लद्दाख की बौद्ध संस्कृति को समझने के लिए एक सशक्त मार्गदर्शक बन सकती है।
LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL DIVERSITYISBN :Edited By :Debi Prasanna Pattanayak
(2014, pp. 266)
Language and Cultural Diversity : The Writings of Delhi Prasanna Pattanayak by Debi Prasanna Pattanayak brings together for the first time the collected works of this eminent Indian linguist…Read Moreand humanist in a career spanning over forty years, Debi Prasanna Pattanayak has engaged with language policies in India. All of his writings revolve around social justice, whether in education, language, socio-economic and political issues of the marginalised. His, is probably the lone voice advocating multilinguality in globalised world that clamours for oneness and monolingualism. He has time and again reminded us a about our strength as a culturally diverse and multilingual nation. He was perhaps the first among his generation of scholars to challenge western perspectives on languages and talk about indigeneity and contextualisation of languages and show through his writings that many languages can and do co-exist peacefully. Though critical of western perspectives on language, his all encompassing humanity does not shut any language or world view out.
MAYAMATAMISBN : 978-81-208-1225-3Edited By :BRUNO DAGENS
(2007, 2 vols., ci+978pp., line drawings, appen., bibl., index,gloss.)
The Mayamatam is a Vāstuśāstra, i.e. a treatise on dwelling and as such it deals with all the facets of gods’ and mens’ dwellings, from the choice of the site to the iconography of the temple walls…Read MoreIt contains numerous and precise descriptions of the villages and towns as well as of the temples, houses, mansions and palaces. It gives indications for the selection of a proper orientation, right dimensions and of appropriate materials. Well thought of by traditional architects (sthapatis) of south India, the treatise is of great interest at a time when technical traditions, in all fields,
are being scrutinized for their possible modern application.
PALAS of SRI KARNAISBN : 81-208-0958-0Edited By :BISHNUPADA PANDA
(1991, 4 vols., ci+1181 pp., maps, illus., gloss.)
The Pālās were composed by Kavi Karṇa in Bengali in the late seventeenth century CE in honour of God Satyanārāyaṇa. Recitation of Kavi Karṇa’s Śolo Pālā or sixteen musical compositions glorifying Lord Satyanārāyaṇa who is identified with Satyapīra, is widely prevalent in contemporary Orissa…Read MoreThe Satayanārāyaṇa vrata kathās, found in all the Indian languages, along with the Pālās of Kavi Karṇa, have their origin in the “Revā Khaṇḍa” of Skanda purāṇa. The name Satyapīra is found in no other vrata kathā except in the Pālās of Kavi Karṇa. In the introduction of a Muslim Fakīr in all his Pālās and distribution of Śirini as Prasāda, Kavi Karṇa makes a commendable attempt at cultural synthesis on a religious and ritual planes – a valuable contribution to national integration.
PLACE NAMES IN KASHMIRISBN : 81-7276-170-8Edited By :B. K. Raina & S L Sadhu
(2000, liv+196pp, gloss., bibl., index)
In the present study the writers have traced a few hundred place-names in Kashmir. The attempt to process and classify them according to their origin reveals through the sidelights many interesting facts of significance to micro-history, social behaviour, anthropology, etc…Read MoreMore importantly, such names indicate the growth lines of regional languages through semantics, pronunciation and the like. Studies in regional languages would remain incomplete without a working knowledge of the concerned place names.