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Glimpses of Art, Architecture and Buddhist Literature in Ancient India

K. Krishna Murthy (Author)

The glimpses of art, architecture and culture of ancient India are alluring and multi-faceted. It is the complex of ideas, perceptions and developed aesthetics that exist generally in Indian culture. Schematically presented, they build up in retrospect picturesque panorama of Indian culture of the past days. The present book embodies selective research papers of Dr. Krishna Murthy diversifying various aspects of the subject, written with wonted scholarship and sensitivity. Dr. Krishna Murthy has admirably discussed in this book many fascinating topics of varied interests. For this, the author has divided the book into three major sections, namely, art, architecture and literature. He has brilliantly examined the interesting subjects like Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Hariti, Dasaratha Jataka etc. The topics on coiffures, musical instruments like lyre, Sambuca, Andhra dance tradition are the telling examples of the gay and sportive days of India's past. Similarly, the discussion on Buddhist and Hindu shrines forms the highlight of the study. The section on literature mainly dealing with Buddhist religious literature throws ample light on the activities and sects of Buddhism in South India in its heydays.

This volume is the outcome of Dr. Krishna Murthy's three decades of persevered industry and indefatigable research. This book is bound to be an authoritative, major indological tome for lovers of art and indology alike.

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About the author

K. Krishna Murthy

Dr. K (Konakondla) Krishna Murthy, M.A., Ph.D., D. Litt., F.R.A.S. (London), was born at Anantapur, a placid town in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Krishna Murthy, after his early collegiate education in the Government Arts College, Anantapur, took his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. Degrees from the Andhra University. A double doctorate he was awarded Ph. D. in 1970 by the Nagpur University for his outstanding thesis. Life under the Ikshvakus as depicted in the Ndgdrjunakonda Sculptures and in 1983 for his excellent scholarly treatise The Gandhara Sculptures -A Cultural Survey again Nagpur University awarded him the highest and the prestigious degree Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.). In recognition of his scholarly eminence, he was elected in 1972 itself Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (F.R.A S.),-an honour that a few Indians are bestowed upon. He joined the Archaeological Survey of India in 1954 and has been associated with the Archaeological Survey with distinction, for almost three decades. He is presently working as Superintending Archaeologist, Temple Survey Project, (Southern Region), Archaeological Survey of India, Madras. For some time (November 1982 to June 1984) he was on deputation to Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Prasantinilayam and served as Professor and Head of the Department of History and Indian Culture. He was also the Dean of the Faculty of Arts of that Institute during his sojourn there.

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Title Glimpses of Art, Architecture and Buddhist Literature in Ancient India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1987
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170172268
length 190p., B/W Illustrations 9; Figures 7; 9.5" X 7.3"