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A Gate to Ancient Indian Architecture

Malati Mahajan (Author)
Synopsis Architecture is one of the sources for tracing the various aspect of the culture of any region and any period. In India there in no dearth of ancient architectural monuments and literature dealing with the ancient Indian architecture is also available in plenty. The scope of the subject is vast but the present work, in order to get ourselves introduced to the subject, aims at tracing peculiar characteristic features of different types of architecture that flourished in India in ancient times. As the detail study of the subject is not aimed at we have selected here only the best examples representing the different styles of architecture for our purpose and focused our attention on the survey of distinctive elements such as the technique, material, origin, plan, elevation, roof, tower, exterior, ceiling, interior etc. of each of the examples. An attempt is also made to explain the structure of different buildings with the help of drawings and photographs. The available data is arranged here in the following manner. Introduction and Early architectural Activities, Stupa Architecture, Rock-Cut Architecture and Hindu Temple Architecture.
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About the author

Malati Mahajan

Dr. Malati Mahajan who retired as lecturer from the Post Graduate Teaching Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology of Nagpur University, Nagpur is the student of the same department. She passed her M.A. examination in first division and was awarded Motilal Nehru centenary prize for standing first in order of merit. She was the recipient of the U.G.C. fellowship while working for her Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Dr. S.B. Deo. After Ph.D. she worked as research assistant with Dr. S.B. Deo and completed the work of translation of the "Topographical List of Inscriptions found in Maharashtra and Goa". Again I the same capacity she worked with Dr. Ajay Mitra Shastri and completed the Project "Dictionary of Place names from Inscriptions found in Maharashtra and Goa". She has participated in some all India conferences of Place Name Society of India and presented good number of research papers on different aspects of Cultural and Historical Geography of ancient Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh which have been widely appreciated. She was elected as General President of the Thirteenth All India Annual Conference of Place Name Society held at Udupi (Karnataka) in April, 1992. She is the author of books, Development of Material Culture in India (Based on Archaeological evidence corroborated and supplemented with evidence from other sources); Cultural history of Maharashtra and Goa from Place Names in Inscriptions found in Maharashtra and Goa; Madhya Pradesh-Cultural and Historical Geography from Place Names in Inscription and Chhattisgarh- A Geography from Place Names in Inscriptions.

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Title A Gate to Ancient Indian Architecture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 228p., Figures; Plates; References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.