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The Dance of Shiva

 
Ananda Coomaraswamy (Author)
Synopsis

The Dance of Shiva was a remarkable book for its time. It discussed in depth the unique nature of the Indian ethos understood by so few in the Western world and misinterpreted by so many. A collection of fourteen leactures, these essays on Indian art and culture offer a lucid representation of the opinion and attitudes held by Indian intellectuals during the British Raj

Ranging from topics such as music during vedic times, Indian attitudes towards family, women and love analyses of the symbolism of Nataraja and the many armed gods of India to the Indian concept of beauty. The dance of Shiva is an effervescent account of the Indian experience through the ages.

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About the author

Ananda Coomaraswamy

The Author Dr. Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was born in Kent (England) in 1877. He lost his father when he was just two years old. He obtained B.Sc. in Botany and Geology from Wycliff College, England. He came to Ceylon in 1903 as the Director of Mineralogical Survey and Got Doctorate While Working there. He founded the Ceylon Social Reforms Society and Edited the Ceylon National Review. He extended his tours to India to living in an era of new understanding . His Art collections were presented to the Boston Museum in 1917 whereafter he was invited to be ‘the keeper of the Indian Section’ where he continued till his death in 1947. He possessed a scientific turn of mind and a rare insight. His opinions on Indian Art History have been basically accepted in spite of the inadequacy of the evidence then available. A study of his work is essential even today for an insight into the background of Indian Art.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Dance of Shiva
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 9788129120908
length 192p., 26 B/W Illustrations; 8.0 inch x 5.0 inch