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Antiquities of Western Himalayas (In 2 Volumes)

Ajay Kumar Singh (Author) Sunil Khosa (Author) Manjula Chaturvedi (Author)
Synopsis Himalaya is known as the abode of Lord Siva. Its cultural, social, religious and political significance is so vast that it allured the foreigners in the ancient past and continues to entice people from every nook and corner even today. The present book Antiquities of Western Himalayas has dealt with the cultural aspects of the western Himalayas. An art heritage may belong to a particular region yet it transcends all physical and language barriers to become a pan-human phenomena. The authors of this treatise have ventured to bring out a well researched treatise on the rare works of the art from the not so easily accessible interior of Himalayas. The present book contains a rich wealth of art treasures from the valleys of Kashmir, Ladhak, Spiti and Kinnaur. In other words it can be said that this work takes us on a voyage of the rich preserve of wall paintings, scrolls, carved and painted wooden plaques and bronze images the citadel of Buddhist culture. This brings to light an important School of Buddhist Art. This book has been divided into two volumes. Volume One speaks of the cultural panorama of western Himalayas in great details and highlights the art style, its genesis and the development, besides the summing up has been dealt with in the epilogue. In Volume Two illustrations with discussion have been dealt with in a picturesque style. Various types of artistic description through illustrations can be observed. One can observe the different styles of art and its allied branch of the places in western Himalayas, like Harwan, Ushkur, Bejbehara, Pandrathan, Parihasapura, Avantipur, Verinag, Alchi Monastery, Tabo and Nako Monastery. This two volume set will be of rare value of the art historians, the scholars and the academicians besides the research students. This will be a real art treasure to all the libraries in India and abroad.
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About the authors

Ajay Kumar Singh

Dr. A.K. Singh obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History of Art from the Banaras Hindu University. Since 1976 he has been engaged in carrying out researches on the art of Trans-Himalayan regions with the Bharat Kala Bhavan, the Art and Archaeology Museum of the same university. Dr. Singh has undertaken extremely adventurous and painstaking journeys to explore the historical and archaeological potentialities of the difficult terrains. He was awarded Senior Research Fellowship by the U.G.C. He has many research articles to his credit. He is presently a lecturer in History of Art, in the Faculty of Visual Arts in the Banaras Hindu University.

Sunil Khosa

Dr. Sunil Khosa completed his Masters Degree in 1976 from the Department of Art History, Banaras Hindu University. Subsequently he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the same University in 1981 for his research work ‘The Art of Painting in Kashmir’ (Medieval Period). He has been teaching Art History in the faculty of Music and Fine Arts both at Srinagar and Jammu Universities. Dr. Khosa has remained visiting faculty to various Universities which include the University of Fine Arts Khairagarh (M.P.) and the Department of Archaeology, S.S. University, Varanasi. He was also offered fellowship in Art History in the National Museum of India, New Delhi. He has a number of research papers to his credit which have been published both in India and abroad. His major works are ‘Art History of Kashmir and Laddakh’ published in 1984 and ‘Antiquities of Western Himalayas’ published in 1992.

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Manjula Chaturvedi

Dr. Manjula Chaturvedi the co-author of this treatise is a research scholar in the Department of Art and Painting in the Banaras Hindu University. She has a number of research articles to her credit. She is a thorough scholar and has delivered lectures in many academic institutions.

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Bibliographic information

Title Antiquities of Western Himalayas (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8185067791
length xxvi+116+xxvi+117-280p., 1 Map; 106 Plates; Bibliography; 29cm