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Early Indian Secular Architecture

K Krishna Murthy (Author)
Synopsis This book entitled "Early Indian Secular Architecture is an outcome of a comprehensive study of the secular architecture in its magnitude. A fascinating study as this, is the first of its kind on the subject in its entirety and offers an authentic account of the secular architecture during the period from 2nd Century B.C. to 6th - 7th Centuries A.D. The book is divided into various chapters highlighting the enormous details of each item of the architectural components. The secular architectural items like ramparts, palaces, palaces interiors, houses of the wealthy class, houses of the commonalty have all been brilliantly brought within the compass of study. To achieve this end the sculptures of Sanchi, Barhut, Amaravati, Gandhara, Nagarjunakonda, Mathura and murals ofAjanta have been studied meticulously. Written in simple and lucid style, the vivification of the secular architecture is splendid. The coverage of the study records all trends and architectural styles of the building construction of the early India. The book is of immense value to the student of art-history; and for the common reader its fascination lies in the intense cultural interest that subject inevitably generates.
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About the author

K Krishna Murthy

Prof. Dr. K. Krishna Murthy, M.A., Ph.D., D.Litt., FRAS (London), a distinguished archaeologist, and art-historian was born IN 1930 IN Andhra Pradesh. He obtained (Hons.) and M.A. degree from the Andhra University, Waltair, and his Ph.D. and D.Litt. degrees from the Nagpur University, Nagpur. He was elected as fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, Ireland (FRAS) in 1972 and member of RAI and RAA in 1985. He was associated with the Archaeological Survey of India for complete 34 years. He was formerly a Professor of History and Indian Culture in Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashantinilayam and was its Dean, Faculty of Arts of Sometime. A Scholar of eminence and a prolific writer, he has authored about twenty books and hundreds of research papers in various journals of repute both in India and abroad. His devoted and unflinching love for Buddhism kept him tagged in to the excavation of the famous Buddhist site like Nagarjunakonda Salihundam, Kalingapatnam, Amaravati to mention a few. His specialization in Buddhism resulted in bringing out authentic works on various aspects of Buddhism on such as iconography, art, architecture, religious philosophy reflecting his wonted scholarship and sensitivity in the field. His forte has been the material Culture of Ancient India in its several epochs on which he has brought out a series of Excellent treatises. His deputation to Sri Lanka under Indo-Sri Lanka Cultural exchange programme in 1978 enriched his longings in Buddhistic studies in greater indepth.

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Title Early Indian Secular Architecture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1987
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8185067015
length xv+168p., Figs., Plates; Index; 26cm.