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Vaisnava Art and Iconography of Kashmir

Bansi Lal Malla (Author)
Synopsis Vaisnavism played a very significant role in socio-religious and artistic expressions of Kashmir in ancient and medieval periods. Vaisnavism carved its due place in the minds of the people in the valley with equal amount, if not more than that of Buddhism and Saivism. In general, the religion of Visnu in the Kashmir valley shared the pan-Indian notion, yet in certain aspects, it maintained its individualistic approach. Such differences are noted in the texts as well as in the artistic expressions of the valley. The present book deals with the various facets of Vaisnavism in Kashmir with particular reference to the Vaisnava icons and art. The book deals with Para, Vyuha and Vibhava aspects of Visnu as well as with composite and syncretic aspects of the god. Attention has also been paid to the minor Vaisnavite deities including the personification of Visnu's attributes. There has been a dearth of a comprehensive study on Vaisnava art and iconography of Kashmir and this book is likely to fill that gap.
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About the author

Bansi Lal Malla

Dr. Bansi Lal Malla, an Art-historian, presently associated with the Janapada Sampada Division of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He obtained his Masters degree in History from Kashmir University, Masters degree in Museology and Ph.D. in History of Arts from the Banaras Hindu University. He is the author of The Sculptures of Kashmir (A.D. 600-1200), Vaisnava Art and Iconography of Kashmir, and Trees in Indian Art, Mythology and Folklore (in press), besides a number of research articles published in reputed Journals. Currently Dr. Malla is engaged in ethno-archaeological study of Rock Art.

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Bibliographic information

Title Vaisnava Art and Iconography of Kashmir
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170173051
length xv+66p., Plates; Bibliography; Index.