Medival Indian Legacy : Linguistic LiteraryISBN : NoneEdited By :Indra Nath Choudhuri
Monograph prepared for delivering the Professor Suniti Kumar Chatterji Memorial Lecture on 6th May 2011 at IGNCA
Let me first express my gratitude to IGNCA for the invitation which they gave me to deliver the most prestigious Professor Suniti Kumar Chatterji Memorial Lecture…Read Moreand now for publishing the lecture. What I came to know from the letter of Dr. V.S. Shukla of the Kalako‹a Division that over the years these lectures were delivered mostly by well-known linguists like Professor S.K.Verma, Professor D.P. Pattanayak, Professor S.R. Banerjee, Professor Vidya Niwas Mishra and Professor Uday Narayan Singh. I am not a linguist but a comparatist and that might have prompted the authorities to invite me particularly when Professor[expand title=”View Book”]
Suniti Kumar Chatterji himself wrote a very seminal book on ‘Languages and Literatures of India’. The topic of my presentation was one of my choice, ‘The Medieval Indian Legacy: Linguistic and Literary.
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Mughal and Persian Paintings and Illustrated Manuscripts in the Raza Library, RampurISBN : 81-85503-07-9-0Edited By :Barbara Schmitz & Ziyad-Din A. Desai
During the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, the Nawwabs of Rampur, the hereditary rulers of Rohilkhaṇḍ, a district some 75 km, east of New Delhi, amassed a large collection of books and art, including illustrated books and album paintings. Their collection was given to the people of India after independence…Read More
The Raza Library at Rampur thus possesses a remarkable collection of Mughal and Persian paintings and illustrated books. This includes miniatures from the great Jahāṅgīrnāma, considered by many as the greatest of all Mughal
illustrated manuscripts. The Raza Library holdings of the Akbar period are equally distinguished including a work on astrology Tarjama-i Sirr al-maktūm and a Dīwān-i Hafiẓ”?- with eleven miniatures by Akbar’s best court artists painted in Lahore about 1585, published here with much new scholarship. A painting of the aging Jahāṅgīr at the jharokhā and many other portraits of the seventeenth-nineteenth centuries will come as wonderful surprises to those interested in Indian art throughout the world.
Most of the miniatures (some 4,000 in number) and the contents of thirty-five albums of paintings
(an additional 1,000 items) are catalogued herein. Many of these are being reproduced for the first time.
The catalogue entries include up-to-date scholarly research on Mughal and Persian panting. An extensive bibliography and numerous indices make this volume a helpful tool for scholars.
The catalogue’s 330 illustrations will delight every reader.
MURALS FOR GODDESSES AND GODS:THE TRADITION OF OSAKOTHI RITUAL PAINTING IN ORISSAISBN : 81-7305-095-3Edited By :Eberhard Fischer and Dinanath Pathy
(1996, 224pp., col. and b&w plates)
This monograph is a magnificent document of India’s ritual painting based on systematic study of the osakoṭhī ( osa: penance, koṭhī: sacred space) murals of Orissa. It explores the rare rich and meaningful and fast disappearing ritual art of mural painting…Read MoreThe antiquity of this art can be traced to the prehistoric rock-cave paintings of Mirzapur, Singhapurī, Bhīmbeṭka, Jhīrī and elsewhere in India. A close parallel is seen in the contemporary ritual relating to Rathwa mural paintings in Gujarat. In both the cases there is transformation and re-enlivenment of the visual image.
NARTANANIRNAYA of SRI PANDARIKA VITTHALAISBN : 81-208-1217-9Edited By :R. SATHYANARAYANA
(1994, Vol. I, xiii+357pp.)
The Nartananirṇaya is one of the notable Sanskrit treatise on Indian music and dance, appearing after the Saṅgītaratnākara of Śārṅgadeva. Its author Śrī Paṇḍarīka Viṭṭhala (sixteenth century) was a profound and versatile scholar who had also written Ṣaḍrāgacandrodaya, Rāgamālā, Rāgamañjarī, Dūtīkarmaprakāśa and Śīghrabodhinī-nāmamālā.Read MoreHe adorned the courts of Hindu and Muslim kings, including those of the rulers of Jaipur and Mughal Emperor Akbar.
With a unique methodical plan, the Nartananirṇaya progresses through stepwise contributions of the cymbal player, the mṛdaṅga-player and the singer to dancing, in the first three chapters before culminating in its longest and fourth chapter on the dancer. This chapter contains many novel features in the performance conventions and repertoire including some dance forms of both the south and north India. Its delineation of bandha nṛtya and anibandha nṛtya deserves serious attention of both traditionalist and innovative dancers.
The presentation is based on extensive and wide-ranging critical apparatus; it offers detailed text-critical and exegetical comments. The text is supported by a readable translation as well as comprehensive and erudite commentary and numerous indices.
Volume ISBN Price 1994,Vol. I, xiii+357pp. 81-208-1217-9 Rs. 450 1996,Vol.II,xi+491pp 81-208-1218-2 Rs.650 1998 Vol. III, xi+557pp. :81-208-1219-0 Rs 800
NIRMAL KUMAR BOSE MEMORIAL LECTURE SECOND, 1996ISBN :Edited By :Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya
(1997, 43 pp.)
These two lectures second in the series were delivered by Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya. The first lecture brings out N.K Bose’s commitment to Gandhiji’s ideas. Bose presented Gandhiji as a rebel who wanted to transform himself as well as others through love and non-violent compassion…Read MoreThe second one brings out the convergence at the higher philosophical plane of Gandhiji and Tagore.[expand title=”View Book”]
Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya has been an eminent literary figure, a social activist and freedom fighter. He was the President of Assam Sahitya Sabha and Sahitya Akademi, and member of several prestigious institutions. Also the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Jñānapītha Award.
i) Gandhi’s Impact on Bose’s Scholarship
ii) Rabindranath and Gandhi: Response to Indian Reality
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NUMISMATIC ART OF INDIA: DOCUMENTATION OF MATERIALSISBN : 81-215-1187-9Edited By :B. N. Mukherjee
(2007, (Vol. I) xi+263pp., intro., plates)
Volume I: This volume deals with the numismatic art of India up to c. CE 1835. The modern age in Indian coinage commenced in about this year.
This volume contains a comprehensive history of art in Indian coins during the early and medieval periods. It embodies the first ever attempt in this direction…List of Abbreviations, Select Bibliography andRead More
numerous plates at the end illustrate several of the points discussed in this volume.
Volume II: The volume contains an Album of Masterpieces of lndian Coins.
The Album includes photographs of excellent Indian coins of early and medieval periods (with some exceptions). Each photograph is provided with a caption. The relevant coins are significant for the study of numismatic art of early and medieval India.
Volume ISBN 2007, (Vol. I) xi+263pp., intro., plates 81-215-1187-9 2007 (Vol. II) ix=298pp., plates 81-215-1188-7
PERCEPTION OF THE VEDASISBN : 81-7304-254-3Edited By :Vidya Nivas Mishra
In 1933, Coomaraswamy published A New Approach to the Vedas, and thereafter he regularly brought out longer and shorter studies of the Vedas and Upani ads till the year 1947. These works were published in a variety of American, European and Indian journals. These essays have been arranged here in this volume in relation to some aspects or the other of Vedic text as one integrated perception…..Read More
The author has tried to make accurate, evocative translations of Vedic and Upani adic texts through the use of scholastic language and archaic or composite words. These translations are followed by copious notes covering related passages from other texts and translations in order to bring out a fuller meaning of the process of emanation of manifest from the unmanifest It is hoped that this volume will open up a new vista of interpreting the Vedic lore so that we can reintegrate our own fuller being with the fuller manifestations of the cosmic order in which resides the truth of truths..
PERVASIVE TERMS – VYAPTI VOL-IISBN : 81-208-1045-7Edited By :Bettina Baumer
(2001, xxxiv+287pp., line drawings, bibL, index,)
This preliminary volume contains eight major articles on the pervacive and perennial concept, viz.: puruṣa, ātman, śarīra, prāṇa, bīja, lakṣaṇa, śilpa.
PRIMAL ELEMENTS – MAHABHUTA VOL-IIIISBN : 81-208-1402-9Edited By :Bettina Baumer.
(1996, xxx:vii+446pp., line drawings, bibl.,)
This volume is dedicated to the cosmic elements and related concepts. Elements are conceived as the building blocks of the universe and of the human body. Whether physically or symbolically they constitute primary and indispensable categories of reality ( tattva). This volume contains the terms: prakṛti, bhūta-mahābhūta, ākāśa, vāyu, jyotiṣ, Prakāśa, āpaḥ, pṛthivī, bhūmi
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Principles of Composition in Hindu Sculpture : Cave Temple PeriodISBN : 81-208-0705-7Edited By :Alice Boner
(1990, xvii+274 pp. line drawings, b&w plates, gloss. index)
This work represents an approach to a hitherto unexplored aspect of Hindu sculpture. Dealing with pre-medieval sculptures and leaving aside the historical, doctrinal and aesthetic aspects of this art, it concentrates exclusively on the question of composition. The principles of composition,…Read Morewhich are here discussed and defined, have resulted from a careful analysis, carried on for a number of years, of the great sculptures of the Rock-Temples at Elūrā (Ellorā), Bādāmī, Mahābalipuram and others, that is to say of sculptures of the pre-medieval period of the Rāṣṭrakūṭa, Cāḷukya and Pallava schools.
It contains a demonstration of the principles described above, in the form of detailed analysis of twenty-one sculptures; each analysis is accompanied by a photograph of the sculpture with a short description of the subject matter, and by two line diagrams- one presenting the Space division or Measure and the other the Time division or Movement. Each of these divisions is described separately and then brought into a synthesis, on the basis of which the deeper content of the image can be explored.