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The Beautifully Indian Hindu Mind

Harsha Dehejia (Author)

It is through the Indian aesthetic mind and its concepts of the beautiful that the Indian civilization can be best understood, for in that mind are pages of history and voices of the past, in it will be heard the sounds of our dancers and in it will be seen the colours of our fabrics, it is a mind which treasures the aroma of the earth for in it we shall find terracotta figures that will whisper stories of times gone by. In that ancient mind silent stones will speak of sthapatis who not only built temples but also havelis, in that very mind rivers will whisper of saints who meditated on its banks and also of mountains which will beckon us to caves where truth was discovered, in that pristine mind stars will talk to us of astronomers who counted them, in that radiant mind we will meet scribes who created beautiful manuscripts and painters who immortalised our gathas and kathas through their kalam.

This book is a journey into that charmed and beautiful mind from which has arisen concepts and ideas, forms and textures, words and music, movement and stillness, philosophy and worship, myths and their celebrations. The book is lavishly illustrated and is a visual delight.

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Drishti. 3. Almond Eyes and Lotus. 4. From Gajagamini to Mriganayani. 5. Dhi. 6. Shabdaranjan. 7. Kama to Krishna. 8. Venerating the Home and the Earth. 9. The Body Beautiful. 10. Time, Sacred and Secular. 11. Ritu Samvad. 12. Fabrics. 13. Nirmalya. 14. Vidai.

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About the author

Harsha Dehejia

Harsha V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in Medicine and the other in Ancient Indian Culture, both from Mumbai University. He is also a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, all by examination. He is a practising Physician in Ottawa and also Adjunct Professor in the College of Humanities of Carleton University in Ottawa. His special interest is in Indian Aesthetics. His publications include: Advaita of Art, Parvatidarpana, Despair and Modernity, Gods Beyond Temples and Leaves of a Pipal Tree (all by Motilal Banarasidass, Delhi); Parvati: Goddess of Love, The Flute and The Lotus: Romantic Moments in Poetry and Painting and Celebrating Krishna: Sensuous Images, Sacred Words (all by Mapin, Ahmedabad); A Celebration of Love: The Romantic Heroine in the Indian Arts and A Festival of Krishna (both by Roli, Delhi).

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admin admin Feb, 14, 2020

excellent title

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very good title

Bibliographic information

Title The Beautifully Indian Hindu Mind
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.02.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124610404
length 290p., Illustrations;.