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Himalayan Dreamland Journey to Kinnarlok

 
Kiran Shankar Maitra (Author)
Synopsis In Book famous Sanskrit classic Amarakosa we come across the name Kinnar among vidyadhar, Apsara, Yaksa and Gandharva. Kalidasa expends all the grandeur and beauty of language while describing Kinnars in his Kumara-sambhava. Legends and mythology treat the Kinnars ask distinct race, some where between human beings and god. The different Hindu epics describe them as heavely musicians or celestial choristers. Who are the Kinnars. Do you exist even today. Yes, they do. Kinnars are inhabitants of Kinnarur, one of the districts of Himachal Pradesh which touches Tibet on the eastern border. They are, of course, a community of dancers and musicians, the lovers of flowers. The life of the Kinnars, who practice polyandry, observe many colourful festivals, distinct birth and death rituals and marriage customs, has been narrated in this book in an interesting manner. Also their occupation, language, religion, deities, and superstitions are discussed. The main feature of the book is its style which is intensely gripping, combining as the does the techniques of fiction poetry, mythology, travelogue and sociological analysis.
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About the author

Kiran Shankar Maitra

Kiran Shankar Maitra (b. 1935) , after having completed his academic education in the Presidency college and Calcutta university, joined AIR as a Programme Executive in 1965 and has since been traveling to different parts in India. His first book Shaila Shikhare Nagabhumi (Nagaland on the Hill Top) in Bengali, was well received by critics and readers. Basically a poet, he has made his mark in the literary world and has been writing in prestigious journals of the country in English, Bengali & Hindi. As an author, he has been noted in international Writers and Authors who (Cambridge, London), Biography International, Asia international who’s who and Indian writers and Authors who’s who (Sahitya Academy, New Delhi). (The Author who has held many responsible posts in AIR and Doordarshan is at present Station Director, AIR, Jamshedpur.

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Bibliographic information

Title Himalayan Dreamland Journey to Kinnarlok
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170991072
length xvi+140p., Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History