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.
DUNHUANG ART : THROUGH THE EYES OF DUAN WENJIEISBN : 81-7017-313-2Edited By :Tan Chung
(1994, 456pp., line drawings, col. and b&w illus., bibl., index)
Dunhuang although internationally known is infrequently visited. The Mogao shrine at Dunhuang is a cluster of 492 caves, containing 45,000 square metres of frescoes and 2,415 stucco statues. This is a precious art heritage of the world…Read MoreIt has great historical and artistic value. These caves were created, renovated and maintained continually with devotion and care from the 4th upto the 14th century. They were also maintained during the subsequent periods up till the 19th century. From the 7th to 9th century, culture and art enjoyed a golden period in China, so did Dunhuang Art.[expand title=”View Book”]
In this volume we have provided an English translation of selected writings of Prof. Duan Wenjie, Director of the Dunhuang Academy who has given a chronological study of the contents inside the Mogao caves with several decades of research of the Dunhuang Academy under his command.
Prof. Tan Chung, the editor, has furnished an illuminating introduction, while Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, the driving spirit behind this volume, has made succinct comments in her ‘Foreword’. A valuable information on all the Mogao caves has been added.
Colour and black and white photographs and fine sketches by Vineet Kumar supplement the text.
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is committed to exploring all dimensions of art. It feels privileged to place before art historians and art lovers of the English-speaking world first-hand information about this unique art gallery going back to one-and-a-half millennia.
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ELEMENTS OF BUDDHIST ICONOGRAPHYISBN : 81-7304-432-5Edited By :KRISHNA DEVA
The Elements of Buddhist iconography was first published by the Harvard University Press in 1935. This new edition, Read Moreably edited and revised by Krishna Deva has been enriched by incorporating the additions made by Coomaraswamy in his own hand in his personal copy.
This volume is a sustained demonstration of Coomaraswamy’s knowledge of the external features… of iconography, his knowledge of the entire metaphysical tradition underlying the iconography, as well as the corresponding traditions in Islam and Christianity. It is a demonstration of the characteristic of a universe of discourse based on a detailed textual, iconographic and comparative studies that include the metaphysics phraseologies and iconographies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
Buddhist art in India begins about the second century BCE, with a well-developed set of symbols in its iconography. But it does not seem possible to completely separate Buddhism as religion
and art from the main current of lndian religion and art, or to think these symbols suddenly developed as a new creation. Coomaraswamy believes that the source of early iconography of the Buddhist art is in still earlier Vedic and Upanisadic conceptions. In addition, he noticed many surprising similarities between passages in the Vedic literature and in the medieval Christian theologians and mystics. The illuminating parallels found in the non-Indian traditions convinced him that mystical theology the world over is the same.
The present study deals with the basic symbols of Buddhist art, viz. the Tree of Life, the Earth-Lotus, the Word-Wheel, the Lotus-Throne and the Fiery Pillar, and shows that these symbols can be traced back beyond their first representation in Buddhist iconography through the an iconic period of the Brāhmanical Vedas, even into the Ṛgvedic period itself, and that they represent a universal Indian symbolism and set of theological concepts.
ELLORA: CONCEPT AND STYLEISBN : 81-7017-277-2Edited By :Carmel Berkson
(1992, 391pp., b&w ills., appen., gloss., bibl., index)
This is a definitive and co-ordinative treatment of the world-famous rock-cut caves at Ellorā. The text discusses relationship between the environment and the temples and examines the architectural and compositional features which unify the caves.
The book offers a fundamental approach to the life of form in background of organic totality of the Ellorā caves…Read MoreThe author draws the reader’s attention to the great and startling innovations in the life of form, with special reference to the four panels in Daśāvatāra, Cave 15, of the pre-medieval period. Being a sculptor, her focus on the sculptures of Ellorā makes a valuable contribution to art history.
This volume contains an intensive study, including about 270 photographs and an illustrated glossary, seen through the eyes of a sculptor with emphasis on aesthetics and multi-faceted view.
ESSAYS IN ARCHITECTURAL THEORYISBN : 0-19-563805-0Edited By :Michael W.Meister
(1995 xxiii+122 pp. figs, notes, appen., indexes)
This volume presents the essays that best represent Coomaraswamy’s rapidly developing thinking on the hermeneutics of architecture-its “why” not ‘how”. These can best be understood in the order in which they were written…Read MoreFrom a discussion of the “Pāli Kaṇṇikā: Circular Roof-plate” of ancient wooden construction in 1930,Coomaraswamy moved on to a much more widely ranging metaphysical exploration of ‘The Symbolism of the Dome” (1938). He made a conceptual leap to connect the physiognomy of costume with architectural meaning in his essay on “Uṣṇīśa and Chatra: Turban and Umbrella” (1938); profoundly connected “Decoration” to essential meaning in “Ornament” (1939); and extended the “significant form” of architecture to that which transforms men in “Svayamātṛṇṇā: Janua Coeli” (1939). A summing-up essay on “An Indian Temple: The Kandarīya Mahādeo” (1947), published in the year of his death, placed the form of the temple at the still centre of Coomaraswamy’s thought.