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The Bounteous Tree: Treasure of Indian Art and Culture (In 2 Volumes)

Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty (Editor) Om Prakash Misra (Editor)
Synopsis This is a unique volume dedicated to the various universe of human language, and to the myriad minded Dr. H.V. Trivedi, who, at the ripe young age of 94, is not only the greatest living Indian epigraphist, but is also one of the finest practitioners and exponents of the variety of human articulation. In more than hundred articles, extensive illustrations, a carefully chiselled intellectual biography of Dr. Trivedi, and an encompassing editorial, this volume traverses the entire gamut of the traditional expression of language on the Indian and magna Indian soil. It tries, like the great scholar it celebrates, to draw aside the veils shuttering our senses to help us reassemble our dismembered personalities, and, to resurrect our fragmented consciousness. It explores the boundless potential of the interpretative language for mediation between past and present, nature and culture; for building bridges, through a unified sensibility, between thinking and feeling, reference and referent, sound and sense, denotation and connotation. It adheres to relative rather than absolute certainties, and uses ambivalence and ambiguity as torch lights to illumine the shadowy corridors of cultural history. This is thus a volume offering homage to the amazing possibilities of the human language; and to one of the men who has fulfilled these to the utmost.
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About the authors

Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty

Dr. Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty is a renowned art-historian with M.A. in History from Calcutta. University. M.P.A. in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Fine Art from Harvard University, U.S.A. He has lectured extensively in India and abroad. He has many publications to his credit including books on Orccha, Gwalior Fort. Khajuraho, Rock Art in India and the World, Dangwada excavation, the Indian Family. He has launched and edited important issues of the archaeological magazine Puratan. Some of his forthcoming publications are the Early Buddhist Art of Bodhgaya, Art of Daksina Kosala, articles in the Macmillan Dictionary of Art, London, an edited volume on Tribal Identity. He has chaired sessions in national and international seminars including World Archaeology Congress, World Ethnobiology Congress, Indian Science Congress. He is member of many expert committees and learned societies at the State, national and international level. A senior member of the Indian Administrative Service, he has specially concerned himself with development of museums and organization of excavation, conservation and non-invasive recycling of monuments, ecological monitoring of cultural and administrative initiatives throughout his eventful career. At present, he is Director, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Man) at Bhopal, promoting a multidisciplinary museum movement dedicated to the revitalization of dead, languishing, vanishing arts and crafts, ethnic identity, skills and knowledge.

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Om Prakash Misra

Dr. O.P. Misra, M.A. in A.I.H.C. and Archaeology from Gorakhpur University, is the Publication Officer in the office of the Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Member of many learned societies and Associate/ Joint editor of several significant publications, including the departmental journal, Puratan, Dangwada Excavation Report. Khujuraho in Perspective, Vidisha, Ratlam, Shajapur, K.D Bajpai Commemoration volume, the author of Mother Goddess in Central Indiaand Iconography of Saptamatrkas. Dr. Misra has participated in many excavations in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, and contributed articles to different journals on the Art and Architecture of Madhya Pradesh.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Bounteous Tree: Treasure of Indian Art and Culture (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185616299
length xci+266p., Tables; Figures; Reference; Plates; Maps; 29cm.