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India and Laos: A Study in Early Cultural Contacts

Virachith Keomanichanh (Author) Upendra Thakur (Author)

The present work, for the first time, portrays a comprehensive picture of cultural contacts between India and laos since times immemorial. In ancient time, India’s cultural contacts extended to a wide region all over Asia. Its beginning go back a very long way in time, and the great cultural movements accompanied with political settlements in the beginning of the first two centuries of the Christian era brought about by the Indians in those far-off lands remained ignored by centuries which has now been brought to light through the sincere efforts of eminent savants like Coedes, wales, May, R.C. Majumdar and a few others who have done commendable work in this field. But, no exhaustive study was made so far on the ageold cultural contacts between India and Laos. Dr. Virachith (a national of laos), who was awarded the degree of Doctor of philosophy for this scholarly work by the Magadh university, Bodh Gaya, a few years back, has made the first scientific study of cultural contacts between the two countries. The author has creditably studied the primary sources in French and Lao languages and has picked up materials for this monograph which makes a genuine piece of research characterized by an innate sense of deep study and years of painstaking research.

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About the author

Upendra Thakur

Dr. Upendra Thakur (1928-1990) worked as Professor and Head of the Department of Ancient Indian and Asian Studies (1969-1990) and as Head of the Department of Buddhist Studies (1984-90) at the Magadh University Bodhgaya and as Director, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda Pali Institute), Nalanda (No. 1988-Jan 1990). A widely traveled scholar, Professor Thakur visited Yugoslavia, West Germany, Italy, Austria, USSR, England and Egypt (1969); Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma (1972, 1977, 1979 & 1984); Australia (1979); Malaysia (1980); Japan and USA (1981); Sri Lanka (1982); Kathmandu (1981 & 1985); London and Hamburg (1981 & 1986) and other countries of the world in connection with lecture-tour, international conferences and seminars. He also presided over many seminars and conferences in India and abroad. Professor Thakur also worked as General Secretary of the Numismatic Society of India (NSI: 1977-82) and as Chief Editor of the JNSI (1983-1985). At the time of his sad demise in December, 1991, he was the Vice-President of the Bihar Research Society, Patna and Chief Editor of its Journal (JBRS); Chief Editor, Proc. IBBA, Tokyo-Bodhgaya; Chairman of the ‘International Board of Consultative Editors’. World of Buddhism (WB), Sri Lanka; Member, The Research Board of Advisors, The American Biographical Institute, USA, Member of the International known Explorers club of New York, USA and also recipient of the Akbar Silver Medal of the NSI. He was again honoured by the NSI along with other eminent historians of India in its Platinum session at patna (1987). He was also awarded the ‘Bharatiya Sanskriti Puraskara, by the Government of Bihar for his work Sahitya aura Sanskriti: Kucha Cintana (in Hindi). Professor Thakur published several books and more than 160 research papers including History of Mithila, History of Suicide in India, Studies in Jainism and Buddhism in Mithila, The Hunas in India Mints and Minting in India, Some Aspects of Ancient Indian History and Culture. Corruption in Ancient India, An Introduction to Homicide in India, On Karttikeya, Madhubani Painting, Some Aspects of Asian History & Culture, Indian Missionaries in the Land of Gold, Socio-economic Life in Early Medieval Mithila, Studies in Indian History, India and Japan: A Study in Interaction, and many other books in joint editorship (all in English), Sahitya aura Sanskriti: Kucha Cintana, Baudhadharma: Desa-Videsa and Mughala Kaltna Bharata (in Hindi) nd Mithila Ka Itihasa, Mithila Ka Lokakala O’ Silpakala and Mithila Ka Sarasvata Sadhana (in Maithili).

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Title India and Laos: A Study in Early Cultural Contacts
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Books Today
Language: English
length xiv+187p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History