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Samapti-Suprabhatam: Reflections on South Indian Bhakti Tradition in Literature and Art

R.K.K. Rajarajan (Author) R.K. Parthiban (Author) Raju Kalidos (Author)

The book is in two parts dealing with the sacred hymns of the Alvars and Nayanmar; rooted in the Vedas, the Itihasas, the Gita and the Sahasranamas of Visnu and Siva. The first part presents the Roman transcription and English translation of the holiest of the hymns, the Tiruppavai and Tiruvempavai. The second part is on “Morphological Riddles and Mythological Setting” of the Alvars hymns, and historical reflections on the 'Divyadesas” (Sacred Geography) of Visnuism in the Kaviri delta.

The book includes an historical introduction on the bhakti cult. Rooted in the 'Bhagavata' or Vrsni-vira worship, the bhakti adumbrated by the Alvars and the Nayanmar (6th-9th century CE) had a tremendous impact over the course liturgical literature, temple building and the temple arts, sculpture and painting through the ages in South and Southeast Asia.

Fourth and fifth chapters elaborately deal with the Tamil Veda, the ‘Nalayiram’ in the context of the ideas aired in second and third chapters. The annexures on Visnusahasranama and Sivasahasranama pinpoint their art historical relevance.

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About the authors

R.K.K. Rajarajan

Dr. R.K.K. Rajarajan is on the Faculty of Tamil, India Languages & Fine Arts in the Gandhigram Rural University, Tamilnadu. He did his Master's in the Madurai Kamaraj University and M. Phil and Ph.D. with in the Tamil University of Thanjavur. He did his post-doctoral work in the Free Humbodlt Fellow during 1990-2001. He was on the teaching staff of the Eritean Institute of Technology, Asmara, Eritrea for five years. At New Delhi, Hyderabad, Hong Kong, Bonn, Berlin, Rome and Indonesia. Oxford & IBH, Rome, London, Berlin, Naples, Reinbek, Copenhagen et al. His doctoral and M.Phil thesis have been published by Sharada Publishing House Delhi, He is a field-based scholar. His work is on Tamil in reliation to Indian art without neglecting Sanskriit.

R.K. Parthiban

Prof. R.K. Parthiban [Parthiban Rajukalidos] completed bachelor of architecture (B. Arch.), in the Regional Engineering College, Tiruccirappalli (now NIT Trichy). He is a registered architect with the Council of Architecture, New Delhi. His master’s degree is from the UNESCO Chair of Heritage Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany. He is currently working in the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH) for his doctoral degree. Apart from regular academic teaching and research, he has published in Cottbus and Oslo.

Raju Kalidos

The Editor of the book, Professor Raju Kalidos, is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Chairman of the Department of Sculpture and Art History of the Tamil University of Thanjavur. Born in August 1947, Raju’s contribution to the nation is fitting if we look into the title and the sectarian trends of Indian politics at the time of the golden jubilee celebration of independence. Dr. Kalidos is an authority on South Indian art and Tamil literature, especially its bearing on iconology. The Editor has to his credit four books and a number of articles in internationally reputed Journals, published from Rome, Cambridge (U.K.), London, Nepales, Copenhagen and Osle. He has participated in international conferences at home and abroad; especially of the International Association of the Historians of Asia (Hong Kong and Thailand) and International Congress of Asian and North African Studies (Hong Kong). Publication in Journals of national level touch a centum. The associates of Raju Kalidos are equally meritorious, all having contributed/published in the international Journals. The are R.K.K. Rajarajan, S. Gopalakrishnan, V. Latha and A Meeneshwari. J. Rangasvami is Reader in the Department of Philosophy of the Tamil University. S. Ganeshram is Lecturer in the S.R. Naidu College, Sattur. Both of them are associated with the Editor in research projects for a pretty long time. V. Balambal was Professor of History in the University of Madras. A major UGC project, completed by Raju Kalidos on the Iconography of Early Medieval South India is being published by the Sharada Publishing House in five volumes.

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Title Samapti-Suprabhatam: Reflections on South Indian Bhakti Tradition in Literature and Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.10.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789383221158
length xxix+366p., Maps; 17 Colour and 131 Black and White; Illus; Annexure; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.