COMPUTERIZING CULTURESISBN : 81-244-0824-9Edited By :BAIDYANATH SARASWATI
This book is a part of the proceedings of a UNESCO workshop, Cross Cultural Lifestyle Studies with Multi-Media Computerizable Documentation…Read MoreThe essays here collected deal with theoretical and technical issues concerning documentation and computerization of cultural data.
Cognizance of ideological and methodological problems in man-computer interface is admirably demonstrated by several contributors, taking into account a comprehensive view of cultural data on India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan, the computer scientists and technical experts have provided alluring illustrations of the efficacy of hardware / software in carrying out multi-media computerizable documentation.
CONCEPT OF SPACEISBN : 81-7017-252-7Edited By :KAPILA VATSYAYAN,Distributor: Abhinav Publications, New Delhi.
(1991 xxiv+665 pp., line drawings, col and b&w illus.,)
A seminar was held in New Delhi in November 1986 to explore the concepts of Space through diverse civilizations, ancient and modern disciplines – religion, art and architecture….Read MoreParallel and close affinities between ancient speculation and modern science was discovered and a stimulating dialogue was initiated among eminent physicists, astronomers, philosophers and scholars of comparative religion, art, architecture, literature, music, dance on the fascinating topic of Space. The volume includes papers submitted by delegates drawn from twenty-four countries. These include towering personalities such as Stella Kramrisch, Annemarie Schimmel, R. Panikkar, Raja Ramanna, B. Geza, Mani Kaul, Allegra Fuller Snyder and others. Each article opens up a new vista of exploration of a concept which has preoccupied the mind of man from the beginning of civilization.
The volume breaks fresh ground in the field of interdisciplinary studies and will be invaluable to all those who are concerned with the inner life of reflection and the outer life of movement and action. The interrelation of the two and the theme of wholeness are the unity underlying the multifaceted articles included in the volume.
CONSERVATION OF ROCK ARTISBN :
CONVERSATION WITH PANDIT AMARNATHISBN : 81-85503-07-9Edited By :Bindu Chawla
(2004, xiii+171pp., Index)
This work lays bare the inner wisdom of Hindustani music through the intimate reflections of Pandit Amarnath, who, voted as one of the four great genius musicians of the twentieth century, came to be widely acknowledged as a musicians’ musician, a legend of his times…Read More
The book develops ten critical themes: rāga or mode; tāla or rhythmic cycle; bandish or lyric; gāyakī or style; listening; learning; teaching; composing; legends and myths of Hindustani music; and-nāda yoga.
Pandit Amarnath reveals large vistas of a poetic awareness, where the reader will journey into the mind of a celebrated poet and composer, a great thinker and scholar, and an outstanding practitioner of the Indore gāyaki who is also the bestselling author of Living Idioms in Hindustani music.
Crafting Traditions – Documenting Trades & Crafts in Early 19th Century North IndiaISBN : 81-7305-249-2Edited By :Mehr Afshan Farooqi
(2005, xxxix+127+38pp., appen., gloss., index)
Our knowledge of Indian society during British rule in the nineteenth century has rested primarily on the voluminous records of the East India Company, the works of various Europeans, the writings of many civil servants of the Company and the accounts of Indians writing in this period…Read MoreInteresting first-hand and very useful alternative sources are writings of Indians produced on request or assignment by Company administrators. Such accounts are by no means readily available; they were probably discarded after serving their purpose. Nevertheless, as this codex “illustrates”, they embody a special middle space in the texts belonging to this genre. These
writings were used by the Company officials as research data in writing their own reports, survey, or papers for publication. The Kitāb-i-Taṣāvīr Shīshagarān Vaghairah Va Bayān-i-Ālāt-i-Anhā (The fllustrated Book About Makers of Glassware, etc. and a Description of Their Tools) is written by Ghulam Yahya in a matter-of fact scientific, observational style.
It is an economic and ethnographic description of eleven tradesmen and their crafts in the district of Bareilly in the Rohilkhand area in the 1820s. The text is augmented with detailed drawings, showing tools and processes and coloured paintings in the regional “Company style”. Of immense interest are the lists of commodities sold by the dry goods dealer, along with details of prices and an inventory of jewellery and ornaments manufactured by goldsmiths.
The codex was advertised by a London rare book dealer as “an early nineteenth century cook book” written in Urdu. It turned out to be neither a cook book nor in Urdu, but a neat little book in Persian on trade-crafts and their practitioners. Some of the crafts described in the text, for example, crimping and specialized charpoy weaving, are now extinct. The book also includes forgotten delicious recipes Kabābs!
CROSS CULTURAL LIFESTYLE STUDIESISBN : 81-224-0795-1Edited By :BAIDYANATH SARASWATI
The central concern of the authors of this book is to evolve a holistic approach to lifestyle studies, the distinguishing feature of which is to look for interacting factors in human cultures…Read MoreThe book demonstrates through case-studies that aspects such as economic pursuit, health, pilgrimage, music, religious images and ritual can be taken as an entry point to study creative life and configuration of styles of traditional cultures.
The book opens the way to a new methodology of lifestyle studies. The materials presented here are of great interest and value to anthropologists, folklorists, ethnoarchaeologists and arthistorians.
CULTURAL ECOLOGY PREHISTORY AND ETHNO-ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXTISBN :Edited By :Bansi Lal Malla & Dwipen Bezbaruah
(2017, xvi+158, Size 22 cm x 28cm)
CULTURAL HISTORY OF UTTARAKHANDISBN : 81-246-0434-7Edited By :D. D. Sharma
(2009, xxxi+417pp. Index, bibl., folded Maps 1, 75 coloured, 7 blw photo.)
Cultural history of Uttarakhand is an outcome of many years of keen observation of the linguistic and cultural phenomena of the whole Himalayan region, right from Ladakh in the west to Bhutan in the east and an intensive study of ancient Indian literature and of the historical incidents that have taken place in the central Himalayan regions, particularly in the land termed as Uttarakhand…Read MoreThough there are some works, both in Hindi and English, on the history and culture of this land, they pertain either to a specific region or to some particular aspect of it. This is for the first time that exhaustive chronological accounts of the history and culture of the inhabitants of Uttarakhand, including various ancient and modem tribes and races, right from Tons and Yamunā in the west to
Mahākālī / Śāradā in the east, and from Bhotantic Himalayan regions in the north to Tarāī-Bhābar area in the south, considered to be a “cultural area” of Uttarakhand, have been taken into account for this study. An effort has been made to unfold various layers of the history of this land in a comprehensive way.
As such, this volume on the cultural history of Uttarakhand is supposed to provide a rare opportunity to students, as well as to readers in general, to have an intimate knowledge of various aspects of the cultural history of various tribes and races inhabiting Uttarakhand from pre-historic periods to modem times.
(On this book the author has received the prestigious award of Padam Sri from the Government of lndia besides receiving two awards from the state Government of Uttarakhand.)
DHARTI AUR BEEJISBN : 81-7119-316-1Edited By :राजेन्द्र रंजन चतुर्वेदी
(1997 313 p.)
जनपदीय-अध्ययन जनता के क्रियाशील जीवन का अध्ययन है। यदि कोई अध्येता जनजीवन की मूल प्रेरणाओं को समझना चाहे, तो जनपदीय-अध्ययन के अतिरिक्त दूसरा कोई मार्ग नहीं है।…Read More
इंदिरा गाँधी राष्ट्रीय कला केंद्र द्वारा प्रतिष्ठापित अनुसंधान-पद्धति के अंतर्गत ब्रज-क्षेत्र के किसानों में ‘धरती-बीज’ की अवधारणा का अध्ययन प्रस्तुत करनेवाली महत्त्वपूर्ण पुस्तक है-धरती और बीज।
ग्यारह अध्यायों में विभाजित धरती और बीज पुस्तक में डॉक्टर राजेंद्र रंजन चतुर्वेदी ने धरती और बीज संबंधी भौतिक, मनोवैज्ञानिक, सौंदर्यबोध, अभिव्यक्ति, चिंतन और विश्वास-प्रणाली के अनेक विशिष्ट पक्षों का अन्वेषण किया है।
महत्त्वपूर्ण शोधग्रंथ के प्रथम अध्याय में जहाँ अध्ययन की दृष्टि को स्पष्ट करने का प्रयास किया गया है, वहाँ दूसरे अध्याय में लोकवार्ता की धरती-संबंधी उन विभिन्न अवधारणाओं की चर्चा है जो तत्संबंधी पुराकथा और उनके अभिप्रायों, अनुष्ठानों, विश्वास-प्रणाली, अभिव्यक्ति प्रणाली, भोजन और आच्छादन प्रणाली के रुप में अभिव्यक्त होते हैं। तीसरा अध्याय ‘बीज’ पर है, तो चौथे अध्याय में धरती-बीज के साथ अनंत प्रकृति के संबंधों का एक रेखांकन है। पाँचवें अध्याय में धरती-बीज के साथ मानव के भौतिक संबंध को रोखांकित किया गया है, तो छठे तथा सातवें अध्याय में लोकमानस के सौंदर्यबोध में वानस्पतिक सौंदर्य की छवि की संक्षिप्त चर्चा के साथ बीज-वृक्ष संबंधी कथा-अभिप्रायों का उल्लेख है। आठवाँ अध्याय लोक अनुष्ठानों में ‘वृक्ष-वनस्पति’ संबंधी मान्यताओं को समर्पित है। नवें अध्याय में ‘चिंतन-प्रणाली में धरती-बीज के बिंबों’ का अध्ययन है, तो दसवाँ अध्याय भाषा-संपदा में धरती और बीज के बिंबों पर प्रकाश डालता है।
धरती और बीज- लोक-परंपरा की श्रृंखला में प्रकाशित हिंदी में पहली पुस्तक।
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DICTIONARY OF INDO-PERSIAN LITERATUREISBN : 81-7017-311-6Edited By :Nabi Hadi
(1995, xiv+757pp., indexes)
Since the eleventh century Indian subcontinent had been producing a galaxy of authors who wrote in Persian. Their mastery over diverse fields of knowledge is evident from the range and variety of books produced by them. Their works deal with such varied subjects as Sufism,…Read Moreanthology of poets and saints, versions of the Prophet’s traditions and original digests concerning jurisprudence, histories, diaries, memoirs, science, medicine, official bulletin, etc. The translations from Sanskrit works on Indian philosophy and science have added a unique dimension to this corpus of Indo Islamic literature.
This Dictionary briefly introduces the Persian authors of the Indian subcontinent and their contributions. It may serve as a guidebook to researchers in the field of Indo-Islamic studies and history of medieval Indian society and culture. Though arranged author wise in one alphabetical sequence, a detailed title index provides access to the Persian works written in Indian subcontinent.