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Defence Architecture in Early Karnataka

S K Joshi (Author)
Synopsis In India, there is a dearth of books on "Defence Architecture' - an essential part of the mainstream of Indian Architecture, which as a whole is considered as the matrix of civilisation. This is a book with difference and fascination, comprehensively studied in defence architecture, through ages spanning about one and a half thousands of years, exactly from 200 A.D. to 1800 A.D. in Karnataka. Essentially a deep probe into, indeed. The salient facts of development of forts in relation to their planing and members of architecture, in the face of strong nature, stormy enemies, in the ever growing art of war and techniques of weapons, are herein studied immensely based on ancient Silpa texts and the hundreds of forts seen on the soil of ancient karnataka. The whole book is a panorama of illustrations and figures drawn by the author himself. The information provided herein is authentic and exact and is based mainly on field data collected from the capital forts, for continuously six years or so during the research work of doctoral thesis by the author, under the well known doyen of archaeologists in Prof. Dr. A. Sundara. The scholar has ventured to give here the best and the first hand information. The book objectively aimed at incisiveness, depth and authenticity in defence architecture will be of immense help and use to advanced students, curious scholars and etchers and undoubtedly it would provide guidelines to the trainees in the defence colleges and the sainik schools of this country, even as text book of this country, even as text book or reference book, in informing profusely the ancient marshal spirit of the heroes of bygone age.
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About the author

S K Joshi

Dr. S.K. Joshi (1936) who considers the Karnataka University as his almamater for his degrees of M.A. (History 1974) and Ph.D. (Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy, 1981) and further who owes immensely to the School of Archaeology, an international institute of repute in the wings of Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, that awarded him Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology (1975-76) in first class, is working now as Senior Technical Assistant in the Archaeological Survey of India. He has been actively associated with various fields in archaeological areas, such as architectural drawings (Hindu, Islamic and Buddhists Monuments); excavations and explorations at various places; conservation of Chalukya temples, Adil Shahis and Christanic-Goa Monuments, site museums (Aihole, Badami, Pattadkal, Lakkundi); and archaeological exhibitions. From literary point of view, Dr. Joshi has contributed about 125 research articles, published in various journals, magazines and periodicals and has the credit of giving more than forty radio talks and features from All India Radio on the subjects of art, architecture and culture. On various occasions he was invited by various universities and institutions of academic interest to deliver extension lectures. He is also a life member of national academic societies like Epigraphical Society of India, Indian Archaeological Society, Oriental Congress of India, Theosophical Society of India, etc. and has been participating in their seminars. He has two books to his credit – Kalika Darshna and Ancient Ports of West Coast of India and the third Architecture of Adil Shahis of Bijapur.

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Title Defence Architecture in Early Karnataka
Author S K Joshi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1985
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
length xix+182p., 100 Figures; 39 Plates; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; 25cm