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Genesis and Evolution of the Rama Katha in Indian Art, Thought, Literature and Culture (In 3 Volumes)

Shantilal Nagar (Author)
Synopsis The story of Rama has been dominating the Indian religious scene from time immemorial. For the spread of the Ramayana with the masses, the texts composed in the regional languages, particularly in the medieval times, played a great role. The prominent among these have been the Ramacharitamanasa by Tulasidas, Girdhara Ramayana (in Gujarati), Madhava Kandali Ramayana (in Assamese), Krttivasa Ramayana (in Bengali), The Kamba Ramayana (in Tamil), Ranganatha Ramayana (in Telugu), Vichitra Ramayana (in Oriya) and several others. These as well as several other texts in India and abroad, have massively contributed to the spread of Ramayana in several countries of the world. This monumental book Genesis and Evolution of the Rama Katha is the result of the painstaking research work of the author for a number of years and is presented in three volumes. The book contains 258 rare black & white and coloured photographs, painstakingly collected and depicting the Ramayana scenes from the various temples in the country and abroad as also the Persian Ramayana, Urdu Ramayana etc. The present book is encyclopaedic in nature. A sincere attempt has been made to highlight the numerous aspects of Rama and the Ramayana, with reference to various Ramayanas in the country and abroad reflecting the Indian art, thought, literature and culture. It is hoped that this book will be received by scholars and general readers wholeheartedly.
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About the author

Shantilal Nagar

Shantilal Nagar, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatorial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum, Nalanda, and Archaeological Section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in these museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, beads, seals and sealing, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and Pearce collection of gems, ranging from the earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987, a fellowship, for his monograph on the Temples of Himachal Pradesh, by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has authored more than fifty books.

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Title Genesis and Evolution of the Rama Katha in Indian Art, Thought, Literature and Culture (In 3 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176460826
length lxi+228p., xvii+231-602p., xxxi+348p., Plates; Figures; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.