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Western Himalayan Folk Arts

 
O.C. Handa (Author)
Synopsis The western Himalayan region is not only known for its natural grandeur, but it has also been the home of enchanting Folk Arts. Though having passed through the sieve of time, those are still vibrant and colourful in their pristine glory. Located strategically on the northwestern corner of the subcontinent, the Western Himalayan region has been a rendezvous for the multiple of people of various hues and persuasions since the remotest times. While, some of them dispersed to different directions, leaving their imprints behind, many preferred to settle in the congenial ambiance of mountains. Thus, this region has been a home for different ethnic communities. Obviously, it has been veritable nursery for the develop into multiform. These Folk Arts have imbibed diverse racio-cultural influences in them. Those are vividly reflected in them, making them international in spirit content. In our age, despite the incessant incursion of market culture into the religious, socio-cultural life of the people, most of the folk arts are still very much vibrant and living in the Himalayan sanctuaries, preserving the traditional ethos of the people and the finer nuances of their inherited value system. Thus, the Folk Arts of this region are as subtle, propitious and colorful as the salubrious Himanalayan environment is. Thses not only bring out the religio-aesthetic aspirations of the common folks, but also reflect their innate concern for the nature that sustains them. In the present work, Folk Arts of the Western Himalayan region have been studied in the national and global contexts to establish the traditional bonds between different communities and nationalities. To that end, besides discussing the relationship between Environment and Folk Art, the book also delves deeper to study Folksong, Folktale, Folk painting, Folk Images & Sculptures, Folkdance and Folk Theatre. Each of these topics has been dealt very intimately to interpret the finer and subtle nuances of the religio-aesthetic aspirations, the popular belief-systems and the socio-cultural traditions of the people. This work is an honest and in-depth presentation of the religio-aesthetic traditions of Western Himalayan region.
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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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Bibliographic information

Title Western Himalayan Folk Arts
Author O.C. Handa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pentagon Press
Language: English
isbn 8182741955
length xvi+167p., Figures; Plates; Notes; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.