Art & Aesthetics
AESTHETICS AND MOTIVATIONS IN ARTS AND SCIENCEISBN : 81-224-0746-3Edited By :KIRAN C. GUPTA
This volume is a collection of twelve papers invited for a National Seminar based on the seminal work, “Truth and Beauty; Aesthetics and Motivations in Science” by the Nobel Laureate S. Chandrasekhar. The contributions are by experts in arts, fine arts and science,…Read More
SELECTED LETTERS OF ROMAIN ROLLANDISBN : 0-19-562551-xEdited By :FRANCIS DORE and MARIE-LAURE PREVOST
(1990, 139pp., index,)
This selection of letters of Romain Rolland, many of which are published here for the first time, was presented on the occasion of the Festival of France in India. They recall the privileged dialogue between India and the French writer. Attentive to the messages of other cultures,…Read MoreRolland assigned himself the role of a sort of archway linking together the minds of men and women, of people and races and particularly between Asia and Europe.
Addressed to a wide range of correspondents from Leo Tolstoy to Albert Schweitzer, Paul Seippel, Pastor Louis Ferriere and Barbusse, the theme of “Oppressive Violence of Human Society” is the unifying thread. The correspondences with Nehru, Tagore and Gandhi represent a gradual transition, from intensity to a quite fluid probing into the nature of man, the creative process and the place of the socially responsible citizen in the modern world, along with an inner life of reflection. Even in these few letters, all of the mt.Yor movements and issues of the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first four decades of the twentieth century are laid before us.
TIME AND ETERNAL CHANGEISBN : 81-207-1288-9Edited By :J. Mckim Malville
(1990, xi+112pp., bibl.)
Time and change are inseparable partners. Without the rhythm (time) of the changing seasons, the slow death of our sun or the outward movements of galaxies there would be no flow of time. As an astro physicist and a student of myth and archaeoastronomy the author guides the reader through…Read Morea variety of metaphors of time and change, demonstrating how many ancient intuitions about the nature of time have found expression in modern physics and astromony.
Depending upon the nature of change, time may be experienced as cyclic or linear expressed by metaphors of ocean, river, moon and arrow as well as myths. Throughout this remarkable synthesis of myth and science the reader is presented with intuitions about our restless cosmos which span centuries and cultures.
Art as Dialogue – Essays in Phenomenology of Aesthetic ExperienceISBN : 81-246-0043-0Edited By :Goutam Biswas
(1995, 155pp., index,)
It focuses on a totally new methodology for understanding the concept of aesthetic experience, a dialogue between the subject and the object, I and Thou. Most significantly, the conception of…Read More“art as dialogue” is stipulated to work not as a means, but as an end, i.e. the consummation of art-experience itself. In this scheme the principle of relationship, not the substance, constitutes the reality of aesthetic experience and the model allows one to encompass within its scope the pre-linguistic, linguistic and trans-linguistic phases of the
relationship between the man and the art.
Book Reviewed by Prasenjit Biswas
ART EXPERIENCEISBN : 81-7304-180-6Edited By :M. Hiriyanna
For decades, Prof. Hiriyanna’s Art Experience has been a lamp which has provided illumination to many a serious student of Indian aesthetic. The volume carries fifteen contributions on topics of Indian aesthetics…Read MoreAfter a penetrating analysis of the fundamental concepts envisaged from a traditional point of view, Hiriyanna interprets them succinctly. He elucidates the theory of rasa from the point of Sāṁkhya in a masterly fashion; equally illuminating are the other essays on rasa and dhvani and Sanskrit poetics.
Banarsidas Chaturvedi Ke Chuninda PatraISBN : 81-267-1109-4Edited By :Narayan Dutt
(2006, (in 2 vols.))
बीसवीं सदी के पूर्वार्द्ध में नए हिन्दी समाज के निर्माण में साहित्य की भूमिका इतनी निर्णायक थी कि तब के हमारे सभी महत्त्वपूर्ण साहित्यकार नए समाज के निर्माता के रूप में भी जाने जाते हैं। बनारसीदास चतुर्वेदी भी उन्हीं में से एक थे। हिन्दी की जातीय संस्कृति तथा मनीषा के विकास के लिए उन्होंने सबसे अलग और मौलिक राह चुनी थी।…Read Moreपत्रकारिता तथा वैचारिक लेखन में उल्लेखनीय जगह बना चुके चतुर्वेदीजी ने पत्रों के माध्यम से हिन्दी समाज को जोड़ने और इसकी आंतरिक जड़ता को तोड़ने का काम किया। उन्होंने अपने लम्बे जीवनकाल में हजारों लोगों को पत्र लिखे। उनमें अपने समय के प्रतिष्ठित लेखक और जननायक ही नहीं, वैसे सामान्य जिज्ञासु पाठक और कार्यकर्त्ता भी थे जो समय तथा समाज की चिन्ताओं से गहरे जुड़े थे।
चतुर्वेदीजी ने पत्रों को सृजनात्मक और कलात्मक ही नहीं बनाया, इसके माध्यम से ही इसकी उपादेयता को रेखांकित भी किया और एक स्वतंत्र विधा के रूप में प्रतिष्ठा दिलवाई।
उनका पत्रलेखन असाधारण रूप से व्यापक और वैविध्यपूर्ण था। वह उनकी दिनचर्या का अंग बन गया था। उनके द्वारा लिखे गए पत्रों की संख्या एक लाख से भी अधिक हो सकती है। अधिकांश पत्र हिन्दी में लिखे गए हैं, मगर अंग्रेजी पत्रों की संख्या भी कुछ कम नहीं है। कुछ पत्रों में मिली-जुली भाषा का भी प्रयोग हुआ है।
चतुर्वेदीजी के सभी पत्रों को ढूँढ़ निकालना तो सम्भव नहीं था, लेकिन नारायणदत्त जी ने वर्षों के परिश्रम के बाद अधिकांश महत्त्वपूर्ण पत्रों को संकलिक किया है, जिन्हें दो ज़िल्दों में प्रस्तुत किया जा रहा है। ये महज़ एक साहित्कार-पत्रकार के पत्र नहीं है, बल्कि पिछली सदी के हिन्दी समाज के चिन्तन, वैचारिक संघर्ष और संस्कृति के जीवंत दस्तावेज़ हैं।
Volume ISBN Price 607pp. (vol I) 81-267-1109-4 Rs. 650 508 (vol. 2) 81-267-1110-8 Rs. 550
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!
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.)
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.