Barabudur – Sketch of a History of Buddhism based on Archaeological criticism of the textsISBN : 81-207-1784-8Edited By :Paul Mus, Alexander W. Macdonald
(1998, xxix+354 pp., col. and b&w plates, index)
The work presents a profound and far-reaching analysis of the ideas, religious aspirations and building techniques which contributed to the creation of one of the largest Buddhist edifices in the world. This book is not a history of the famous Javanese monument nor is it a history of Buddhism…Read MoreIt is the English translation of the foreword to a work – loosely focused on the Barabuḍur – which was published in Hanoi in French (1935). Besides, it is a survey of the Buddhist religious and philosophical concepts in the background of earlier religious and metaphysical traditions in India, as revealed in the Vedic and Upaniṣadic texts.
BAUDHAYANA-SRAUTA-SUTRAISBN : 81-208-1852-0Edited By :C. G. KASHIKAR
(2003, 4 vols., xlv+1844pp)
The Baudhāyana-Śrauta-sutra together with an English translation is being presented here in four volumes. The Baudhāyana-Śrauta-sutra belongs to the Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda Taittirīya recension…Read MoreIt represents the oral lectures delivered by the teacher Baudhāyana, hence is the oldest Śrautatext. The text is revised here in the light of the variant readings recorded by W. Caland in his first edition (Calcutta 1906), and is presented in a readable form. The mantras forming part of the Siitras have been fully rendered into English. The translation is supplied with notes giving reference to the mantras and explanations of the rituals. The work is expected to serve as an advancement of Taittirīya ritualistic studies.[expand title=”View Book”]
There will be other volumes also presenting Bhavasvāmin’s Bhāṣya and the word-index of the Śrauta-text.
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BENGALI PATRIOTIC SONGS AND BRAHMO SAMAJISBN : 81-207-1745-7Edited By :Sreelekha Basu
(1996, xiv+90pp. appends., bibl.)
Collective singing has been a cohesive force in all societies at the moments of crisis or elation…Read MoreThus patriotic songs have played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for freedom. These songs are still sung at various functions in educational and other institutes, keeping alive the memory of the struggle for freedom. This monograph, comprises patriotic songs of Bengal collected by the author, who has done extensive fieldwork to identify the songs after search of archival records which lay untouched in several Brahmo Samaj Mandirs.
BRHADDSI of SRI MATANGA MUNIISBN : 81-208-1031-7Edited By :PREM LATA SHARMA
(1992, Vol.I, xviii+193pp)
The Bṛhaddeśī ascribed to Mataṅga Muni, and most probably belonging to the sixth century CE, is a landmark in Saṅgītaśāstra for more than one reason. It is the solitary text that forges a link between Nāṭyaśāstra and Dattilam Read Moreon one hand and Abhinavabhāratī on the other, the gap extending over more than 500 years. Its direct influence on later texts like Saṅgītaratnākara and its commentaries is obvious in various ways, be it nāda from the tantric stream or the etymology of various terms or the description of rāgas.
Speaking of saṅgīta, the Bṛhaddeśī is the first extant text to describe Rāga, to introduce sā ri gā mā notation, to usher in a fresh approach towards śruti, svara, grāma, mūrcchanā, etc. and to introduce prabandha, the compositional form independent on drama, to establish the concept of deśī and its counterpart mārga and to mention ethnic groups like śabara, pulinda and nāga in the context of bhāṣās (varieties) of grāma-rāgas.
The volumes present the first critical edition of this well- known, but almost inaccessible text, along with variant readings, an English translation, textual notes and annotations.
Volume ISBN Price 1992, Vol.I, xviii+193pp. 81-208-1031-7 Rs. 275 1994, Vol. II, xviii+320pp. 81-208-1032-5 Rs.300
BUNDELKHAND KI LOK SANSKRITI KA ITIHASISBN : 81-7119-224-XEdited By :Narmada Kumar Gupt
महानिर्वाणतंत्र के अनुसार आठों दिशाएँ आठ रंगों से सम्बन्धित हैं। लोक की अवधारणा दिशाओं से जुड़ी हुई है । संस्कृति के रंग अनेक हैं।…Read Moreअष्टकोणों से चतुष्कोण, चतुष्कोण से वृत्त एवं वृत्त से बिंदु का एक रेखागणित बनता है। बिंदु से वृत्त की और और वृत्त से बिंदु की ओर प्रसारित होना संस्कृति के अप एवं अभि-केंद्रित विकास की स्वाभाविक प्रक्रिया है। इन दोनों प्रक्रियाओं के परिप्रेक्ष्य में बुंदेलखंड के आकाश और काल को पढ़ा जा सकता है; परंतु बुंदेलखंड के आकाश और काल की कोई सत्ता नहीं है । अत: किसी भी चतुर पाठक को इस पुस्तक पढ़ने से ऐसा अनुभव होगा कि लोक-संस्कृति का यह चित्र भारत के किसी भी क्षेत्र के लिए अथवा किसी भी अन्य लोक-संस्कृति के लिए उतना ही सत्य है जितना बुंदेलखंड के लिए।[expand title=”View Book”]
बुंदेलखंड की लोकसंस्कृति का इतिहास मूलत: मौखिक रत्रोतों के आधार पर लिखा गया है, पर इसमें पुरातात्त्विक और ऐतिहासिक सामग्री का भीउपयोग किया गया है। यह सामाजिक इतिहास है जिसमें न कालानुक्रम महत्वपूर्ण है, न राजा-रानी, न युद्ध में जय-पराजय । लोकाचार समूहों के अंतर्सबंध, पारिवारिक जीवन आदि को बहुत ही प्रभाव-शाली ढंग से रेखंकित किया गया है ।
मुहआ और बेर के प्रदेश के नायक–आल्हा-ऊदल, लाला हरदौल-इसमें विराट् रुप में आए हैं। मनियाँ देव या मनियाँ देवी के प्रश्न पर भी विचार हुआ है, जिससे एक महात्त्वपूर्ण जातीय उद्भव की समस्या जुड़ी हुई है।
लोकसाहित्य और संस्कृति के अध्ययन की दृष्टि से अपने ढंग का पहला ग्रंथ है -बुंदेलखंड की लोकसंस्कृति का इतिहास ।
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CATURDANDIPRAKASIKA of SRI VENKATAMAKHINISBN : 81-208-1851-2Edited By :R. SATHYANARAYANA
(2006, xxv+472 pp)
The Caturdaṇḍīprakāśikā (c. CE 1650) of Venkatamakhin is a fundamental treatise of Karnataka music and marks the rearguard in the renaissance of Indian music. It has launched a crucial, conceptual revolution which has metamorphosed this musical system into an enduring and attractive paddhati…Read MoreIt has been profoundly influencing every musician, musicologist and composer of south India ever since it was written. This influence will remain undimmed in the foreseeable future.
The Caturdaṇḍīprakāśikā is written in ten chapters: Sruti, Svara, Mela, Rāga, Ālāpa, Ṭhāya, Gīta, Prabandha and Tāla. It is being issued in two volumes: The first volume consists of the critically edited text, English translation, text-critical comments, critical and explanatory notes, several indices and a
detailed critical introduction. The second volume contains a critical study of rare commentary of this text called Makhihṛdaya.
Volume ISBN 2006,xxv+472pp., (Vol. I) 81-208-1849-0 xxviii+666 (Vol. II) 81-208-1850-4 1998 Vol. III, xi+557pp. :81-208-1219-0
CHANTED NARRATIVES:THE LIVING ‘KATHA-VACHANA’ TRADITIONISBN : 81-246-0182-8Edited By :MOLLY KAUSHAL
(2001, vii+290pp., col. and b&w plates)
Every region/community of the world has its share of oral creativity, in varying measures though, and, accordingly, has its own legacy of “chanted narratives”: epical, historical, mythical, romantic or even ritualistic. Such narratives have long survived in the collective memory of its people…Read Morehaving been handed down from generation to generation. Confronted, however, by the “cornucopian techno-centrism” of today’s life, these oral narratives are on their way out everywhere – like many other vibrant
Highlighting why we need to preserve this intangible heritage of mankind, the volume offers a fascinating study of “chanted narratives” from different regions of India and parts of Southeast Asia. Essentially a multi-author work, it explores the nature of orality and its various attendant aspects like composition, performance, transmission modes, socio-economic context, and the relationship that exists between its performer and the audience. Also addressing methodological issues concerning the existing definitions and terminologies, the authors argue for a paradigm shift in the academic discourse on orality and oral cultures.
Carrying twenty-four contributions of leading scholars from France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Nepal, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and UK, the book not only provides theoretical insights into the complex nature of orality, but sets out a rich repertoire of chanted narratives as well.
CITRASUTRAM VISNUDHARMOTTARA PURANAISBN : 81-208-1805-9Edited By :PARUL DAVE MUKHERJI
(2001, xlv+293pp, line drawings, bibl., gloss.)
The Citrasūtra belongs to the Viṣṇudharmottra Purāṇa, Kāṇḍa III, Chapters 35-43. The Purāṇas – Agni, Viṣṇu, Matsya and Mārkaṇḍeya – provide a necessary bridge between the ritual texts and the texts of the particular arts. The Purāṇas are neither a sub-stream of popular discourse as considered by some nor are they narratives of complex mythologies and legends manifesting flights of poetic imagination or shrouding social histories only. Read MoreIndeed they are another mode of communicating the same ontological and epistemological concerns of the Vedas and the Upniṣads and the systematization of method of the Brāhmaṇas as they provide another method of relating the abstract and the concrete, the universal and the specific, the philosophic and the artistic. The chapters on the arts in the Purāṇa have to be comprehended against the larger concerns. There is the endeavour to contain multi-dimensions of concepts and meanings through narrative myth and its transformation into a vocabulary of formal elements in the arts, singly and together.
The Viṣṇudharmottara Purāṇa occupies a predominant position among the Upapurāṇas and is also related to the discourse within the Purāṇas. Moreover it is central to the discourse on the arts, both preceding and succeeding it. The voluminous text can be viewed only within the framework of the Purāṇas or it can be placed through Khaṇḍa III in the mainstream of the discourse on the arts from the Nātyaśāstra to the medieval texts. Its contents can be profitably compared with those of both its predecessors as also successors.
The Citrasūtra constitutes an important cluster in the larger concerns of the Viṣṇudharmottara Purāṇa on both the nature of art, artistic expression and communication as also its insistence on establishing a meaningful interdependence and inter-relationship between and among the arts.
COMMUNICATION WITH GOD : THE DAILY PUJA CEREMONY IN THE JAGANNATHA TEMPLEISBN : 81-7305-262-XEdited By :Gaya Charan Tripathi
(2004, xxii+510pp., col. illus., 8, biblio.)
The work for the first time presents in a very detailed manner the various rites in forming the daily pūjā ceremony of one of the most famous and important temples of Hindus-Jagannātha Temple at Purī…Read MoreThe study is based on a large number of au then tic palm -leaf manuscripts discovered and collected by the author in Orissa, substantiated by his personal observation and information acquired from the temple functionaries. It is a well known fact that the study of Hindu temple rituals has not yet been taken up so extensively and seriously as that of the Vedic rituals. This work seeks to fill up this desirable gap and is a significant contribution to the study of the process of formation of the medieval Hinduism and its gradual development.
The rite of the Hindu pūjā is basically a very subtle and sublime spiritual phenomenon in which the worshipper, in the course of meditation, first dissolves his mundane body to create a divine body for himself, identical in nature with that of his Deity. Thereafter visualizing the tejas of the Deity in his heart through concentrated meditation upon His/Her form, he transfers this divine effulgence into the image for the time being in order to achieve a subject-object relationship with the Deity, who is identical with the self, and starts communicating with his God from the same elevated plane.