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The Ganga Trail

Jagmohan Mahajan (Author)
Synopsis Starting with the Greek Megasthenes who noticed the Indians worshipping the Ganga in 302 B.C. and ending with the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillay who led a jet boat expedition up the river in 1977, travelers of different nationalities and religions have left absorbing accounts of life along the Ganga through the ages. The information provided b them is vast and varied, and we find detailed and delightful descriptions of social customs and ceremonies, periodical fairs and festivals flora and fauna, and cities and places of pilgrimage which they came across in the course of their travels. With the gradual emergence of the British as the dominant power in India by the end of the eighteenth century, a number of professional and accomplished British amateur landscape artists also appeared on the scene and made charming sketches while sailing up and down the Ganga. Many of these drawings were subsequently worked up either into beautiful oil paintings and watercolours or into coloured aquatints, lithographs and engravings to illustrate their engrossing descriptions of the river scene. This book vividly captures the fascination felt by foreign visitors as they traveled along the river during the last two thousand years. The travelers are allowed to speak for themselves as much as possible to enable to reader to enjoy some of the flavour of the original narratives. These written accounts have been blended with the visual impressions of the artist-travellers assembled from private and public art collections and libraries in India, Britain and the U.S.A. Most of this material is being published here for the first time, encompassing the essence of the enhancement and excitement of the travelers of their passage along the Ganga through the centuries.
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About the author

Jagmohan Mahajan

Jagmohan Mahajan has been engaged in a study of the Ganga for the last several years. He is the author of The Ganga Trail: Foreign Accounts and Sketches of the River Scene and the text of the illustrated The Eternal Ganga, besides several articles in various well-known magazines and newspapers in India and abroad. His other main interest is the work of British landscape artists in India. He has written extensively on this subject, and his publications include Picturesque India: Sketches and Travels of Thomas and William Daniell, The Raj Landscape: British Views of Indian Cities, The Grand Indian Tour. Travels and Sketches of Emily Eden, Annexation of the Punjab, and Splendid Plumage: Indian Birds by British Artists.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Ganga Trail
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition Revised & Enlar
Publisher Indica Books
Language: English
isbn 8186569413
length 171p., Figures; Col. & B/w Plates; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.