Art, Archaeology and Cultural History of India

Art, Archaeology and Cultural History of India

by

R.N. Aggrawal

viii, 240 p; 2019

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN: 978-93-88121-19-4(Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 93-88121-19-8 (Hardbound)

INR 1550.00

LC Subject heading

1. India–History. 

2. India–Antiquities. 

3. Art, Indic.

About the Book:-

Academic appraisals of Indian art and architecture in the Western world have suffered from many of the same biases and prejudices that have infected analyses of Indian philosophy and culture. In the colonially constructed model, India was to be pigeon-holed as a land seeped in incomprehensible mysticism – where religion dominated all aspects of social life, but unlike the “noble” piousness of the Western world, India’s religious practices were often seen as bizarre and grotesque. Although the subcontinent has enjoyed a virtually uninterrupted history of developments in the realm of art and architecture, India has been either studiously ignored in compilations of “world” art – or it has been represented by a very small and limited number of examples.  Culture was defined earlier as the symbols, language, beliefs, values, and artifacts that are part of any society. As this definition suggests, there are two basic components of culture: ideas and symbols on the one hand and artifacts on the other. The first type, called non-material culture, includes the values, beliefs, symbols, and language that define a society. The second type, called material culture, includes all the society’s physical objects, such as its tools and technology, clothing, eating utensils, and means of transportation.  This book is an endeavour in providing students with sound information on Indian Art, Archaeology and Culture.

About the Author:-

Dr. R.N. Aggrawal, M.A., Ph.D., teaching at Savitri Devi College of Arts and Science for last twelve years. He joined the college in 2007. He possesses intense command over the subject. He has organized several work shops on educational system and attended many seminars and conferences

Contents:-

Introduction • Stereotypes Concerning the Indian Legacy; Secular and Spiritual Fusion; The Decorative Arts and Crafts; Art and Architecture of the Regional Kingdoms; The Role of Folk Art in the Indian Artistic Tradition; The Indian Miniature; Architecture of the Islamic Courts• The Architecture of Ancient India  Philosophical Content of Indian Art; The Stupa or Pagoda; The Sanchi Stupa; Gandhara Art; The Gupta Art; Kunal; Lothal • Archaeology  Proto-Indo-Iranians Archaeology; Glimpses of Life in the Vedic Period (Saraswati-Sindhu Civilization); Indus Valley Civilization; Horse and Chariot; Archaeogenetics and Physical Anthropology Indian Pilgrimage  Introduction; Temples; Shries; Benaras; Ellora; Pilgrim Camps • Indian Paintings • Early Indian Painting; Visual Painting and Arts; Chalukyan Paintings: The Imprint of Ajanta in Tibetan Art; Indian Folk Paintings; Miniature Paintings; Mughal Paintings; Mysore Painting • Indian Culture Overview; Rituals; The Elements of Culture; Impact of Globalization on Indian Culture; Mughal Culture • Religions of India • Introduction; Hinduism; Islam; Buddhism; Christianity; Jesus; Jainism; Zoroastrianism; Zarathushtra; Judaism; Sikhism • Indian Religious and Cultural Heritage • Be Good, Do Good, and See Good; Man should Promote Inner Vision for Himself; Man should Not, at Any Time, Behave Like an Animal; Mahabharatha Contains Many Valuable Lessons for Us; A Good and Peaceful Death is Coveted by all Saintly People • Indian Monuments• Hampi; Sanchi Stupa; Bodhgaya; Nalanda University; Jantar Mantar; Jantar Mantar (Jaipur); Bangla Sahib Gurudwara; Lotus Temple • Hindu Culture  Indian Custome and Dress; Culture and the Sociological Perspective; Culture versus Biology • Bibliography • Index

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