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Folk Architecture of Asian Villages and Towns: A Comparative Study

Durga Basu (Author)

Folk or vernacular architecture is basically an expression of local craftsmanship which has been developed from a particular environment, traditional skills and practices through generations.  The present book dealt with varied folk architectural patterns from prehistoric time to the modern period. Folk styled houses form a part of built heritage which differ from region to region and country to country. The book traverses the realms of the traditional folk architecture of India as well as that of some other Asian countries. It also highlights, some important aspects related to the folk culture of India like Folk Goddesses, folk songs, protection of folklore through legal means, tribal houses and many others.  In its fifteen articles, this volume focuses on tradition of folk or vernacular architecture of Asian villages and emphasizes on the role of communities, their customs and beliefs and also technological innovation. The book will be useful for understanding the vernacular architecture for those who have keen interest for this subject.

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About the author

Durga Basu

Dr. Durga Basu (Ray) M.A. in Archaeology of Calcutta University holds a Doctorate degree in the Department of Archaeology from Calcutta University in the year 1996. Since then she has been engaged in research in different fields of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology. She has published a large number of papers in reputed journals and edited books. At present she is working on, “Buddhism in Eastern Himalayan region”, with a research grant from the Asiatic Society of Bengal. She is well-known in the academic world by her serious research work. She has participated in a number of National Seminar and Conferences. She is now a guest Teacher in the Department of Archaeology, Calcutta University, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata and Birla Academy Art and Culture, Kolkata. At present She is in the Editorial Unit of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, for publication of their volumes of Cultural Heritage.

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Bibliographic information

Title Folk Architecture of Asian Villages and Towns: A Comparative Study
Author Durga Basu
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789383221318
length xviii+202p., 92 B/W illus.; 25cm.