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Archaeology of Vidisa (Dasarna) Region

 
K.K. Tripathi (Author)
Synopsis The present book deals with the archaeology and cultural history of the Betwa Valley. The region occupies an important place in India from the historical and cultural point of view. The ancient town of Vidisha situated on the confluence of the rivers BES and BETWA, was important not only in the Prehistoric Period but also in the subsequent history, where it acquired the status of legend. In the Proto-Historic (Chalcolithic) times, the present Malwa, particularly its eastern and south-eastern parts made a more rapid development, far Malwa including Vidisha-Besnagar region were on the direct route on which were located the developed ancient towns likeAhar, Kalibangan, Lothal, Ropar and still further, Harappa, the chief centre of a great chalcolithic civilization.Vidisha counted among the well-known cities of ancient India, was the capital of Dasharna or Akara, i.e. Eastern Malwa. During the mythological and classical age, Vidisha was referred to as Janapada. In Sanskrit literature, Eastern Malwa (including the Vidisha region) was referred to as 'Akara', that rose to a great height of cultural superiority in the Buddhist and the subsequent period. The brightest era, of course, lasted from Ashoka's reign to the Imperial Guptas.The socio-religious life, fine arts (paintings), language, classical music and dance, literature and the economic life of the people of Vidisha was quite sound and the people of Vidisha enjoyed the prosperous and cultural life for quite a long period like Ujjayini, Mathura and Kaushambi etc. The various archaeological sites and cultural centres in and adjoining the Vidisha region have largely contributed for the unhampered cultural growth from the Proto-Historic times to the Paramara Period. This is attested to by the discovery of numerous antiquities recovered from the various sites. The ancient literary evidences and the available source-material also supports to the statements that Vidisha region represented one of the chief centres in the country, where religious and cultural integration was fructified.
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About the author

K.K. Tripathi

Dr. K.K. Tripathi (b. 01-03-1944, Distt. Unnao, U.P.); M.A. in ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology; Ph.D. on “Archaeology of Vidisha District”. Joint Editor – Recent Perspectives on Prehistoric Art in India and Allied Subjects (1996); two illustrated monographs entitled Malhar Darshan and more than seventy research papers on Indian art, archaeology and the regional history and culture including rock-paintings, published in reputed journals; closely associated with archaeological excavations at Eran, Tripuri, Tumain, Malhar, Nandur etc. since the year 960-61 uptil now. Explored several archaeological, ancient sites and monuments in M.P. and U.P. Worked as Field-work Incharge of Archaeological Excavation and Exploration in the Department of ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Dr. H.S. Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (M.P.) Dr. Tripathi also has adequate experience of archaeological museum discipline and of teaching the under-graduate and post-graduate classes with specialization in field archaeology. Presently working as Reader and Head, Deptt. of History of Indian Art and Culture, Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, M.P.; is a Member of several academic and administrative bodies of the University. He was nominated as Dean, Students’ Welfare and Co-ordinator, Cultural Programmes, IKSVV; Editor, Kala-Vaibhava, a journal of Indian History, Art and Archaeology.

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Bibliographic information

Title Archaeology of Vidisa (Dasarna) Region
Author K.K. Tripathi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185616353
length vi+197p., Plates; Maps; Tables; References; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.