The Temple of Muktesvara at CaudadanapuraISBN : 81-7017-327-2Edited By :Vasundhara Filliozat and Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat
(1995, xv+191pp. line drawings, col. and b&w plates, bibl., indexes)
The northern part of Karnataka is one of the richest areas of lndia in monuments of great artistic value. It was subjected to the rule of several royal families, CāLukyas of Kalyāṇa, Kaḷacūris and Senas in the tenth to thirteenth centuries CE which has been a period of great cultural refinement…Read MoreIt was the time of the greatest expansion of the Kālāmukha-Lakulaśaiva movements, and of the rise of Vīraśaivism.
The temple of Mukteśvara at Cauḍadānapura (Dharwar district) is a beautiful representative of the style and the high culture of that time. Its history is known to us, thanks to a set of seven long inscriptions, composed in literary medieval Kannada, engraved with great care on large steles. It is a single cella temple in what is popularly known as Jakkaṇācārī style. The present study contains a historical introduction, the complete edition, translation and interpretation of the inscriptions, an architectural description, with a graphic survey and an iconographical analysis.
THE TRUE SCHOLARISBN :Edited By :Roger Lipsey
(2013, 47 pp.)
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy(1877-1947) remains a unique and inspring scholar and author across the many fields of study he made his own. One of the foremost founders of Indian art history, he was the first to distinguish between Rajput and Moghul painting, and built a…Read Moremagnificent collection in the early decades of the twentieth century, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he was a curator and later research fellow from 1917 forward. In those years his catalogues, monographs, and studies of motifs and iconographies a set a standard of rigour and comprehensiveness. In later years, from the early 1930s, Coomaraswamy’s interests widened to include scripture and religious thought, which became the basis for profound investigations of traditional religious art in India and the West. A new model of art historiography and cross-cultural text study emerged in his writings : austere, often intricate, endowed with authority yet lightened by clarity of insight. He once wrote about a theme in Indian myth: the “patriarch’s voyage” across a sea slanting upwards. His was such a voyage.
THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE IN MEDIEVAL INDIAISBN : 13 : 978-93-81406-41-0Edited By :Adam Hardy
(2015, xiv+293pp.,inÎ, Bib., Illus. col., maps and line drawings)
This book is about Vastuvidya or Architectural theory, the creation of temples, and the role of drawing as an indispensible bridge between the two. It focuses on two works attributed to Bhoja, the legendary Paramara ruler of Malwa in the first half of the eleventh century…Read MoreThe first of these is his vastly ambitious, but unfinished, royal temple at Bhojpur, with its unique set of architectural drawings engraved on the surrounding rocks. These beautiful drawings, documented here for the first time, provide insights into construction processes and glimpses of hitherto unknown temple forms. They also hold the key to the intended design of the Bhojpur temple itself, which would have been by far the biggest Hindu temple in the world.
The other main focus of this study is Bhoja’s great compendium of architectural knowledge known as the Samaranganasutradhara, a project of comparable ambition to his temple. This famous Vastusastra was compiled at a moment when the classical traditions of Indian architecture had blossomed into abundant maturity, and could be understood in relation to one another, in all their diversity.
As illustrated by numerous photographs, the text describes types known among surviving monuments, as well as many others probably never built. Far from being a straightjacket and an impediment to growth, the text is revealed both as full of architectural invention, and as a framework and a stimulus to further creativity. This book will allow the reader to begin to understand the temple architecture of medieval India through the eyes of its creators.
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.
TIME AND ETERNITYISBN : 81-85503-00-1
(1990, viii+107 pp. bib., ref., index)
Man’s awareness of Time has been articulated in ancient and modern civilizations through cosmologies, metaphysics, philosophy, religion, theology and the arts….Read MoreCoomaraswamy propounds that though we live in Time, our deliverance lies in eternity. All religions make this
distinction between what is merely “everlasting” (or “perpetual”) and what is eternal. To probe into this mystery Coomaraswamy provides us with a detailed account of the teachings of each of the main world religions. Present edition embodies all marginal corrections which Coomaraswamy made on the first edition published during
1947 in Ascona, Switzerland.
ACROSS THE HIMALAYAN GAP : AN INDIAN QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING CHINAISBN : 81-212-0585-9Edited By :Tan Chung
(1998, xxvi+553pp., col. and b&w illus.)
This book is the fruition of Step 1 of a project launched by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) whic is a premier Indian research institution dedicated to a holistic understanding world civilization and to the promotion…Read Moreof information and insight between different cultures of the world. “Sino-Indian Studies” is a special window of IGNCA drawing inspiration from Gurudeva Rabindranath Tagore’s longing for reenacting the history of the “great pilgrimage” and path-opening” – “to maintain the [Sino-Indian] “intercourse of culture and friendship”, in Tagore’s own words. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, blazed a new trail in 1990, leading scholars of India and China to “look at each other” instead of trying to see each other’s country through the Western Hemisphere. All the 40 Indian authors in this volume have contributed their mite to this endeavour–making it a book that parades the various Indian perspective on China, on her civilization, history, society and present developments. While scrutinizing their writings, readers also get a glance over Indian Savants’ observations and Indian leaders’ addresses at Chinese universities. The book also targets the Chinese readership with the aim of creating its companion volume of Chinese perspectives on India which is the Step II of the IGNCA project in promoting indepth understanding between the two most populous countries–close neighbours and partners of the 21st century.[expand title=”View Book”]
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ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF SOUTH-EAST ASIAISBN : 978-81-7305-408-2Edited By :BACHCHAN KUMAR
(2011, xvi+116pp.index, bibl., illus. col.29, b/w 17)
Art and Archaeology of South-East Asia is an outcome of two consecutive seminars organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. It has eleven selected studies on South-East Asia by eminent scholars of the subject…Read More
Cultural contacts between India and South-East Asia began much before the appearance of Sanskrit inscriptions in the middle of the first millennium CE. This book contains a wealth of information on sculptural, architectural and monumental art forms of South-East Asia and its contemporaneous art forms in India. In its stride, it explores the common narratives and the aesthetic and iconographic links between India and South-East Asia.
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.
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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.
ART, AESTHETICS AND PHILOSOPHYISBN : 978-81-246-0764-0Edited By :S.G.KULKARNI & KAVITA CHAUHAN
The savants of the twentieth century have excavated the past to discerningly reveal the present. Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi and Ananda Coomaraswamy, among other, interpreted Indian aesthetics, civilization, culture and philosophy unearthing the Indian wisdom…Read Moreagainst the wrong interpretations and teachings of the Western colonial scholars. This volume, a collection of papers presented at a national seminar on the Philosophy of Ananda Coomaraswamy held in February 2011, approaches Commaraswamy’s philosophy on Indian aesthetics, life and religion from different perspectives.