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Panorama of Himalayan Art

O.C. Handa (Author)
Synopsis The panorama of Himalayan art is as varied and vast as the Himalaya itself. It represents the religio-aesthetic aspirations of the various ethnic people that inhabit it. the very inter-relation between the emotive objectiveness and the physical environment has been fundamental to the folk arts of the Himalayan region since the primitive times. The Himalayan interiors have been a most propitious place for the flowering and fusion of diverse artistic traditions. Among these, the visual art or the art of painting has been the most popular medium for the religio-aesthetic expression. For, in it, we find the most intimate and harmonious blend of diverse belief-systems of the various ethnic communities and their aesthetic feelings. This book is an effort to present an overall view of the creative process of the people through the ages to ignite a sense of dignified self-consciousness, identity and affinity with the Himalaya-its air that they breathe, the soil they live upon and the polychromatic culture they have inherited. The present study, the first work of its kind on the subject covering almost the entire Himalayan region, is mainly the result of what the author has seen, heard, observed and felt during his innumerable field-studies stretching through half a century in the interiors of the western and central Himalaya. It is hoped that this work shall inspire the researchers and scholars for a deeper and analytical study of this important subject.
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About the author

O.C. Handa

Dr. O.C. Handa is a well-known connoisseur of are and culture, and an outstanding scholar in history and archaeology, especially of the Himalayan region, having been in the field now for almost a half century. In his exploratory pursuits, he has been undertaking several expeditions, many of them the solo ones, to the far-flung nooks and corners of the Western and Central Himalayan regions. That would underscore his zeal to explore the antique but extant material evidences of history, art and culture of the Himalayan region, and his commitment to acquire the firsthand and authentic knowledge of almost all aspects of the creative enterprise of the people of this region. This quality is well reflected in his writings. He did his post-graduation in History from the University of Mysore, Ph. D. from the Meerut University and D. Litt. From the Agra University. Having come from the civil engineering background, Himachal Pradesh for several years. Dr. Handa has more than fifteen exclusive and four edited books on the art, history, archaeology and culture of the himalayan region to his credit. Besides, he has been writing articles and research papers for various national and international research journals and magazines. He has also been performing for the radio and TV. He has participated in several regional, national and international seminars and workshops and delivered lectures on the subjects of his specialty at various forums in India and abroad. He remained a member of different expert committees of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and the ministry of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India. Dr. Handa remained a fellow of the Himachal Academy of Art, Language and culture, Shimla, India Council of Historical Research, New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla at different periods. He was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi from 2001 to 2003.  He is a fellow of US-based Infinity Foundation, working on the Himalayan domestic architecture.

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Title Panorama of Himalayan Art
Author O.C. Handa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1s ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173871841
length 152p., Figures; Maps; Notes; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.