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Temples of Madhya Pradesh: The Paramara Art

Rahman Ali (Author)
Synopsis In the beginning of 19th century A.D., the scholars had realized the importance of textual norms prescribed for raising the Hindu temples, but only in 20th century A.D., the temples and the sculptural display therein attracted the attentions of the scholars of the world. Later on, it was inspired by the publications of Sanskrit treatise which further encouraged the scholars to realize the significance of textual norms and the symbolism of the Hindu art and architecture. It ultimately compelled the scholars to study the monuments with a new approach. The present book is a result of the new approach of study of analyzing the architectural details of the Bhumija mode of temples often appreciated in the Shilpa texts like the Samaranganasutradhara (by Bhoja) of Malwa and the AparajitaprcchaI (Bhuvandeva) etc. These temples are built in majority in the land of Malwa-a trace spread over a large part of Madhya Pradesh. The style was patronized and favoured by the Paramaras of Dhara (Dist. Dhar, M.P.). Thus, the Bhumija mode of temples were soon favoured and was built in neighbouring regions of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan etc. The development of iconography in Malwa and Madhya Pradesh as a whole has been discussed scientifically to reconstruct the coherent history of art of the region. We may, therefore, claim that the book will fulfil the requirements of the scholars concerned and the common man interested in art and culture of India.
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About the author

Rahman Ali

Dr. Rahman Ali was born in 1943 in a village Chanakapur, Dist. Gorakhpur (U.P.). He obtained his post-graduate degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Gorakhpur University in 1965. Later, he joined Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Poona (Now Deemed University) and obtained Ph.D. Degree under the guidance of world renowned Professor H.D. Sankalia, Padma Bhushan, from Poona University in 1972. Dr. Ali participated in the scheme of Village to Village Survey sponsored by ASI and UGC, New Delhi and received First Prize for rare discoveries in the field. While stay at Deccan College, Poona Dr. Ali underwent training in Archaeological Excavations and Explorations of Pre-Proto and Historic sites of India under the scholarly supervision of Prof. H.D. Sankalia and his team for a period of ten years. Dr. Ali has written half-a-dozen books on different aspects of art, architecture and archaeology; and written excavation reports of Sodanga and Mahidpur (M.P.). Besides these, many of his research articles on different aspects of art, archaeology and culture have been published in National and International Journals. Dr. Ali is actively engaged with research and other academic pursuits and many of his research scholars are pursuing their research work under his scholarly guidance. Apart from the academic zeal, Dr. Ali is associated with different academic bodies and associations throughout the country and at present he is a Senior Professor in School of Studies in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Vikram University, Ujjain (M.P.).

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Title Temples of Madhya Pradesh: The Paramara Art
Author Rahman Ali
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175741201
length xx+203p., 10 Figures; 11 Plates; 26cm.