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Woman in Indian Sculpture

M L Varadpande (Author)
Synopsis This monograph, first of its kind, surveys the female sculptures created by Indian artists through centuries, from an ancient era of Indus Valley Civilization to medieval times. Archaeological data is interpreted in the light of literary and cultural traditions of India. ‘This work is not only a book about art, it is also an important document that has captured the significance of woman in traditional Indian society and richness of her life. Thus in addition to depicting women and the beauty of their form, this book provides the readers with glimpse in life and cosmology of ancient India. ‘The reader is treated to range and variety of woman in all her manifest forms, from gentle to beautiful to wild and terrible.’ ‘The author has stressed the image of Indian women as icons of fertility, bounty and fruition.’ Various images the sculptors conceived of her as Mother Goddess, Yakshi, Devanagana and Surasundari, Lover par excellence, One as fond of Wine, Dance and Music, Shringara Nayika, Paragon of Beauty and Intellect and also embodiment of forces of death and destruction, and made into sculptures, are described here in very lucid language, to give the readers an insight into Indian art.
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About the author

M L Varadpande

Associated with universities, academic bodies, drama schools and institutions in various capacities M.L. Varadpande is known for his ingenious writing on Indian art, literature and culture. His books include: History of Indian Theatre Vol. I, II, III; Mahabharata in Performance; Krishna Theatre in India; Religion and Theatre; Ancient Indian & Indo-Greek Theatre; Invitation to Indian Theatre; Critique of Indian Theatre (Edited); Traditional Indian Theatre; Dictionary of Indian Theatre.

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Bibliographic information

Title Woman in Indian Sculpture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170174740
length 153p., Plates; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.