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Agra and its Monuments

 
R. Nath (Author)
Synopsis This book deals with Agra, its history from the earliest times to 1803, and its monuments which have been studied and described with the help of 5 maps, 64 text figures of plans and sections, and 247 black-and-white plates. The subject has been covered and illustrated comprehensively (more than 60 buildings), and attempt has been made to make it encyclopaedic. The first chapter is devoted to the history of Agra. The second one makes a stylistic assessment of the architecture of the Great Mughals. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth are respectively devoted to the study of Agra Fort and its palatial mansions; the Tomb of Akbar and other buildings of Sikandara: the Tomb of I'Timad_Ud-Daulah and other monuments of Trans-Jamuna Agra; and the Taj Mahal and its 24 subsidiary buildings. The last chapter is dedicated to the study of 'Miscellaneous Architectural Relics of Agra' including its water structures, sarais, gardens and other prominent buildings. Though based on a life-time's research in this discipline, it is written in a simple, readable form, for the inquisitive traveller and the general reader, as well as for scholars and historians.
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About the author

R. Nath

Prof Ram Nath (born: 1933) was educated at St. John’s College, Agra. He passed his M.A. (History) in I Dn with first position. He did his Ph.D. and D.Litt. on Mughal monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi from the Agra University. He taught at Agra College as Lecturer (1965-75) and University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as Reader and Professor (1979-93). He is dedicated to higher research in Medieval Indian Architecture which he has studied in the field. He has worked at more than 45 historical sites, mainly of Western India, during the last three decades. He was the recipient of several research fellowships, including the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship. He has authored more than 45 books, 10 monographs, 150 research-papers and 250 popular articles. He is internationally recognized as an authority on Mughal Architecture. His five-volume monumental series: History of Mughal Architecture is a classic of which three volumes and a supplement have been published. The series is, truly, his magnum opus. He has directed the course of the study of Indo-Muslim Architecture into the scientific channel and made it a perfect discipline, instead of a compendium of romantic tales, fanciful anecdotes and hearsay legends. He has traced the evolutionary process of this style, point by point, and emancipated it from sectarian and racial misnomers. His is, essentially, a study of the Land, the People and the Culture.

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Bibliographic information

Title Agra and its Monuments
Author R. Nath
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 818510525X
length xxxii+188p., Plates; Illustrations; Maps; 25cm.