Overview for The Art and Culture of South East Asia
A volume dedicated to the many-splendoured culture of Indonesia with contributions by scholars from Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Soviet Union, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States of America. It deals with music and magic, law and jurisprudence, visual performances and sculptural representations, text and temple, Saivism and Buddhism, poetry and canons of art, verb structure and verse in Javanese, Hinduism and economics, the sacral concept of state and Javanese mysticism, influence of wayang on Russian rod-puppets, iconography and re-identification of Chandi Mendut. The volume is offered as a tribute to the late Dr. Mrs. Sharada Rani, who edited Old Javanese texts like the Slokantara and Wratisasana. She the ephemeral has closed her eyes to open to the silence of statues that sleep in the light of her being. She strove to give the world new eyes to see the heart-work of Indonesia's culture, so that in the Urgrund of the celestial relative of these myriad isles, humanity may renew and refresh the emblems of the unknown.
Lokesh Chandra (Editor)
Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a renowned scholar of Tibetan, Mongolian and Sino-Japanese Buddhism. He has to his credit over 400 works and text editions. Among them are classics like his Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, Buddhist Iconography of Tibet, and the present Dictionary of Buddhist Art in about 20 volumes. Prof. Lokesh Chandra was nominated by the President of the Republic of India to the Parliament in 1974-80 and again in 1980-86. He has been a Vice-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Presently he is Director, International Academy of Indian Culture.