A Cyclopedia of Indian Ivory Art

A Cyclopedia of Indian Ivory Art

A Cyclopedia of Indian Ivory Art

Cyclopedia Books

ISBN 9789381209066

The art of ivory is considered one of the aesthetic productions in India. This is a comprehensive treatise containing historical narratives on the development of the art of ivory. It contains many copious illustrations of the carvings produced.

Commencing with a study of the pre- and proto-historic periods where the art is concerned, the book traces the growth of the art through the art-epochs in a chronological sequence down to modern times. It discusses the growth of the art in India and outside, especially in China, Japan, Thailand in the East and South-east of Asia, centres in the Middle East and the West particularly France and the USA.

A Cyclopedia of Indian Ivory Art

Taking up the development of the art in these places by focusing on aspects like variations in styles and across regions, it studies the technical development of the art. It delves into the appearance of the fret-work, veneering, polychromy and gliding and miniature paintings on the plain surface of caskets and other items which speak volumes on the advancement in workmanship.

The author Prof. A. K. Bhattacharya is noted for his research publications on Indian and trans-Indian art for more than five decades now. He was associated with prestigious museums in the country, being the Director of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for more than a decade. He has been honoured with the Acharya Hemchandra Suri Samman Puraskar, New Delhi for his monumental work on Jaina iconography

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Dharmapravicaya: aspects of Buddhist studies : essays in honour of N.H. Samtani edited by Lalji ‘Shravak’, Charles Willemen — Delhi: Buddhist World Press, 2012.

Narayan Hemandas Samtani, b. 1924, former professor of Buddhist Studies, Banaras Hindu University; contributed articles.
ISBN 9789380852218

The essays in the volume are in honour of Prof. N. H. Samtani, an Indian scholar of international fame in Buddhist studies. The contributions by scholars from India and abroad deal with aspects of teaching and liberation in Buddhist thought, examining the Buddhist canon in detail and many works by Buddhist scholars in the past. They clarify the differences between the sects of Buddhism: the Hinayana, Sravakayana and Theravada or Southern Buddhism. They refer to specific texts to explain the concepts of Buddhism and different thought traditions in it.

This exposition includes a discussion on the sect affiliation of the Arthavinishchaya-nibandhana and the concept of selflessness of persons in the Madhyamakavatarabhashya especially with reference to Chandrakirti’s introduction to it. An interesting article examines the importance of the concept of ‘suffering’ in Buddhism as as depicted in the Pali Nikaya literature and in the Agama literature available in Chinese translation. The articles include an in-depth exposition on the famous Buddhist scholar of yore, Nagarjuna’s Suhrllekha and discussion of a short sutra on the twenty-two faculties (indriya) based on a full citation in Shamathadeva’s Upayika-tika on the Abhidharma-koshabhashya, a work preserved only in Tibetan.

The book is bound to interest scholars of religious studies in general and of Buddhist studies in particular.

The editors of the volume are experts in Buddhist studies. Prof. Lalji ‘Shravek‘ is Prof of Pali in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is a specialist in Abhidharma studies. Charles Willenen is rector of the International Buddhist College, Thailand.

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History of Jainism

History of Jainism
Jainism History Books
Jainism History
The History of Jainism
Jainism in Indian History
DK Number: DK-205729
ISBN: 8124605491

Like Buddhism, Jainism is one of the world’s oldest religions – which arose in India, in the 6th century BC, as a revolt against the Brahmanic ritualistic practices. Essentially a heretic, altogether independent faith, founded on the principles of non-violence, truth, and righteous conduct, Jainism is a splendid living tradition, with a well-defined worldview, distinct philosophy, outlook on life, code of ethics, and sangha organization. Notwithstanding its modest beginnings in Maghada (present-day Bihar State, East India), it gradually turned out to be a pan-India ancient religion.

Even if Mahavira is commonly accepted as the founder of the faith, Jainism traces its roots to a succession of 24 Jinas. In its three volumes, this book meticulously charts the entire course of Jaina history: from its very first Jina to about 1800 AD. Though, in the nature of a historical survey, it embraces almost all aspects of Jainism — its concept of God, doctrines, moral value system, basic teachings, beliefs, rituals, ceremonies, main sects, important scriptures, sacred sites and pilgrimages, reformers, influential scholars, and the lives of its major Tirathankaras. Besides all this, the author also focuses on the remarkable contribution of Jainas’ to Indian arts and iconography, which is unmistakably exemplified in their sacred architecture, sculptures, stupas, cave temples, religious symbols, and calligraphy.

Beginning with a discussion of Jainism as an eternal religion and its theory of 24 tirthankaras, Volume 1: Jainism Before and in the Age of Mahavira, focuses, in the main, on Lord Mahavira’s life, his teachings, and his contemporaries, besides the political and religious conditions of his times. Volume 2: Historical Survey and Spread of Jainism, shows how Jainism, under the patronage of various ruling families, became nearly a pan-Indian faith. Also covering the lives and the roles of Jaina monks, statesmen and Sravakas, the volume shows how Jainism has contributed towards the enrichment of India’s great cultural heritage. Volume 3: Medieval Jainism, considers the region-wise status of the faith: from 1200 to 1800 vis-à-vis Muslim invasions and Muslim kingdoms; besides a detailed account of Jaina tirthas (sacred places), Jaina socio-economic life, and much else. K.C. Jain (b. 1930), Ph.D, D.Litt, is former Professor of History at Rajasthan’s Government Colleges, and Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi (1990-93)

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Urdu Books

Urdu ( اردو )   is also an Indo-Aryan language, which is one of the eighteen national languages of the Union of India and the national language of Pakistan. Although influenced by Arabic and Persina, it is akin to Hindi, which originated and developed in the Indian subcontinent. Both the languages share the same Indic base. At the phonological and grammatical levels they are very similar in that they appear to be one language, but at the lexical level they have borrowed extensively from different sources (Urdu from Arabic and Persian, and Hindi from Sanskrit) that they are perceived to be independent languages. Their distinction is most marked at the orthographical level: Hindi uses Devanagri, and Urdu uses the Perso-Arabic script, indigenously modified to suit its requirements.


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Dkagencies| Indian Books- Indonesian Archaeology

Recent studies in Indonesian archaeology| editors, Edi Sedyawati, I Wayan Ardika. — New Delhi : Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in collaboration with B.R. Pub. Corp., 2012.

x, 215 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm. USD 50.40
ISBN 9789350500002

About four to two millennia BC ago, the people of Indonesia lived in semi-permanent villages. Agriculture was in a nascent stage. However, the prehistoric remains that are encountered over the entire archipelago reflect the existence of societies, which had acquired craftsmanship in certain areas, particularly metallurgy, led a religious life focused on the worship of ancestors, had a regional barter trade, a complex burial system, and equally complex ceremonial activities. The historic period in Indonesia, as is generally believed, began with Indian cultural influences.

Carrying a selection of articles, this volume presents an overview on recent studies in archaeology of Indonesia, largely from Bali and Java – the two islands that give unambiguous evidence of Indian culture. Beginning with papers on Indonesian prehistory, the volume presents a synoptic account of the period, and how it shows the potentials for sustained evolvement into the historic period. It examines several examples of new finds related to prehistoric burial systems, offers demographic interpretations of human remains found at a Bronze-Iron Age site in Bali, and also studies the megalithic remains.

The volume then comes to the next phase of history – showing how, with international trading system, Indonesia not only had certain initial experiences in state formation, but also had an encounter with Hinduism and Buddhism. It studies, for the first time in Indonesian archaeology, the Hindu-Buddhist sites in Java, specially in their relation to ecological setting. The volume, additionally, includes studies relating to ancient sculptures (of Hindu divinities, like Siva and Mother Goddess Durga), iconography, musical instruments, metal technology, inscriptions, land ownership, functions of land in ancient Balinese social and administrative system, and its subak system – the social system for the management of rice-field irrigation. Relevantly, the Subak system is still in vogue in the island of Bali. The papers have been written by well-known Indonesian archaeologists.

Dr Edi Sedyawati, (b. 1938), is a renowned Indonesian archaeologist: formerly Director General, Ministry of Culture. Currently, she is Professor of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters/Cultural Studies, University of Indonesia, Jakarta. At this very university, Professor I Wayan Ardika is Dean, Faculty of Letters.

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Dkagencies-Indian books Indian archaeology

Purā-jagat: Indian archaeology, history and culture: latest researches in honour of late Shri Jagat Pati Joshi: editors, C. Margabandhu .. [et al.]. — 1st ed. — Delhi : Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, 2012

Jagat Pati Joshi, Indian archaeologist; contributed articles.
ISBN 9788180902604    OCoLC#801778200

Pura-Jagat is a massive collection of about a hundred scholarly papers reflecting a broad spectrum of the very recent research studies, together with the latest research trends in Indian archaeology, history and culture.  Thematically organized, the papers focus on various aspects of prehistory, protohistory, rock-art, copper hoard archaeology, iron age and megaliths, early historic archaeology, archaeology of Buddhism, medieval archaeology, regional archaeological studies, environmental archaeology, ethno-archaeological studies, ethno-botanical studies, history, epigraphy, numismatics, architecture, sculpture, iconography and painting, museum studies, conservation of monuments, chemical preservations, heritage studies, studies in neighbouring countries, archaeology and technology, new archaeological interpretations, and also role of libraries in Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Dr Jagat Pati Joshi (1932-2008): the retired Director General of the ASI, whom Pura-Jagat seeks to commemorate, was a highly distinguished archaeologist, versatile scholar, tireless researcher, prolific writer, efficient administrator, excellent conversationalist, and a warm-hearted man.   With wide-ranging academic concerns, the late Dr Joshi was the first scholar to bridge the gap between Indus Valley Civilization and Painted Grey Ware.  During his nearly four-decade-long association with the ASI, he not only excavated many sites, but also discovered several new Harappan sites in Gujarat, more specially in the Rann of Kuttch. As Director General of the ASI, he set out planned programmes of explorations and excavations in many parts of India, supporting all kinds of archaeological, geochronological, scientific, and other allied studies for understanding environmental changes through the ages and for understanding technical development of ancient metal technology.  Dr Joshi also laid emphasis on both extensive and intensive study of explored and excavated materials, standing monuments, ancient sculptures and paintings, ancient coins, and epigraphic material for rewriting Indian history – to dispel many a distortion created by some of the biased British historians.

Among the contributors to the commemorative volume figure eminent archaeologists, Indologists, historians, culture scholars, museum specialists, cataloguers, librarians, conservators, besides the late Joshi’s erstwhile friends, colleagues, and young admirers in the ASI.  The papers here are abundantly supported by many line-drawings and photographs.

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Proceedings of the Indian National Congress

Proceedings of the Indian National Congress- edited and introduced by Mushirul Hasan. New Delhi : Niyogi  Books, 2012
ISBN 9789381523148
Vol. 1 rec’d now.    OCoLC#806637609

The first Indian National Congress was held in 1885. This volume is a record of the Congress speeches and resolutions from 1885 to 1889, the attempt being to capture the mental, emotional and physical life of late nineteenth-century India. It is an account of how the leaders of the time contributed to the the evolution of the Indian National Congress and an Indian nationality. The speeches and resolutions reveal the emergence of a Congress comprising intricate relationship between different groups.

The volume discusses the first five years of the Congress. It argues that the period does not give an impression of the Congress as a full-fledged political party but as an association with members on good terms with the viceroy who wanted that the latter engage with them and heed their administrative, agrarian and social grievances. When it was founded, it was a cautious body asking for some petty reforms from the British and representing only the rich bourgeoisie, not the middle classes or the masses.

The Congress, comprising English-educated and professional men drawn principally from the higher, literate Hindu castes of the maritime presidencies, however, bore every appearance of becoming a permanent national institution with increasing attendance at the Congress sessions every passing year and its increasing potential of drawing together all-India interests, classes and religions.  The volume reproduces the events involved in moving the resolutions and surrounding the speeches and replies given to them as well as the vote of thanks rendered on different occasions.

Prof. Mushirul Hasan is an internationally renowned historian, author and former Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Milia University, Delhi. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007 and the Order des Palmes Academiques by the French Government in 2010. At present, he is the director-general of the National Archives of India.

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