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Sermons From Stones: Contribution of Andhras to Art, Culture and Thought

Myneni Krishna Kumari (Author)
Synopsis This book speaks of the contribution of Andhras to the development of its culture covering different aspects of medieval Andhra history. The three sections in this book embodies the subjects on Women and Society; Economy and Trade; Art and Culture. The 20 essays included in this book provide glimpses of the contribution of Andhras to the development of religious ideas, customs, beliefs and practices which are subjected to critical analysis with the tools of new methodologies like psycho-historical approach and socio-biological approach besides re-examining the historical data with a new and fresh outlook. This book addresses the questions of how the mind works in relation to the establishment of certain beliefs and religious practices, gender issues like how women were portrayed in the Jain literature and women’s attitudes and beliefs. The book gives vivid description about the rare and unique images of Ganesa, Siva and Vishnu and the religious ideology that lies behind the carving of such icons and the spread of the ideas and art traditions to South-east Asian countries. Unlike many previous works, it considers the socio-economic background of Pre-colonial Andhra as mainly responsible for the emergence of Andhradesa as a distinct, regional and cultural entity with efflorescence in art and letters. The book based on original sources such as inscriptions, art forms and contemporary literature is codified to suit the research scholars and students with an admixture of research articles and essays relating to the medieval Andhra society, economy and culture which reflects the regional specificity in the development of the art and culture that forms the backbone of Indian culture today.
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About the author

Myneni Krishna Kumari

Dr. Myneni Krishna Kumari obtained her Ph.D and D.Litt degrees in History and Archaeology from Andhra University in 1978 and 1999 respectively. She received many honours and distinctions in her academic career. She has been honoured with "The Best Researcher Award" by the Andhra University in 1992 and "The Best Teacher Award" by the Andhra Pradesh State Government in 2001. She has received "The Young Scientist Award" in the Humanities and Social Sciences from the U.G.C., Delhi in 1984-85. Presently she is working as a Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam She has served the University in various capacities asHead of the Department, Chairperson P.G. Board of Studies and member of the Executive Council of the Andhra University. She is a "Visiting Professor" of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah (US). She has participated in more than 100 seminars, conferences and international workshops and presented several papers. She is a prolific writer,a good researcher, has authored eight books and edited two volumes related to the history the culture of the Andhras.

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Title Sermons From Stones: Contribution of Andhras to Art, Culture and Thought
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050892
length xii+192p., Plates; References; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.