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Early Maritime Contacts of Odisha with Indonesia and Sri Lanka

Benudhar Patra (Author)

The present monograph `Early Maritime Contracts of Odisha with Indonesia and Sri Lanka' is a sincere endeavour to trace out and critically analyze the maritime trade and overseas contracts of ancient Odisha with the islands of Indonesia and Sri Lanka in historical perspective. The work throws light on various aspects of maritime history of ancient Odisha such as its maritime favourable geography and adventurous mariners; its brisk and multifaceted contacts with Sri Lanka and the Indonesian islands of Java, Bali, Sumatra and Borneo; question of colonization by the South-East Asian countries; flourishing ports, port towns and trade emporiums and ancient Odisha; and overseas trade and maritime activities as reflected in the art, architecture, sculptures, paintings, fairs, festivals, customs, traditions and contemporary foreign accounts and itineraries. It also anlyses some other aspects like the types of ships, ship-building technology and navigation, nature and types of merchandise, direction of winds, waves, sea currents etc. Utmost care has been taken to make the work bias free and devoid of any type of prejudices and partiality. It is written with an interdisciplinary holistic approach and tries to present the theme of chapters in a very objective and scientific manner. The work will prove both stimulating as well as instructive to the students, scholars, researchers and teachers working and teaching on the maritime heritage of early Odisha, particularly its contact with Sri Lanka and the islands of Indonesia.

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About the author

Benudhar Patra

Dr. Benudhar Patra at present is working as Assistant Prof. in the P.G. Deptt. Of History, P.G. Govt. College, Sector-11, Chandigarh, Graduate from Utkal University, Dr. Patra passed his M.A. in History from the P.G. Deptt. of History, Berhampur University, Orissa securing first position in first class. He did his M.Phill and Ph.D. in history from the same university and passed the NET Examination conducted by UGC. He has been teaching history for last 19 years. After serving some years as lecturer in History in Gopalpur College, Gopalpur-on-sea, Orissa Dr. Patra was selected as a lecturer by the UPSC and joined the Education Deptt., Chandigarh Administration. He has contributed more than 80 research papers in various journals of national and international repute and in some edited volumes. He is a member of more than dozen Academic Societies and Professional Organizations. He has completed a UGC sponsored Research Project on ‘Urbanization in Early Historic India.’ In 2008 he published a book entitiled “Studies in the Heritage, History and Archaeology of Orissa”. His monumental work Overseas Trade and Maritime Activities of Ancient India (A Study of Orissa) will be published shortly. His other fields of research are urban history, art history, social history, economic history, state formation, historiography and the cult of Jagannath.

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Title Early Maritime Contacts of Odisha with Indonesia and Sri Lanka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Pratibha Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8177023357, 9788177023350
length xiv+108p., 28 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Colour; Maps; 29cm.