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The Cultural Glory of Ancient India: A Literary Overview

 
Sures Chandra Banerji (Author)
Synopsis India has a millennia-long, glorious past. In mankind's history, it is unmistakably a rich chapter: splendid in expression and awe-inspiring in immensity. Recognised world-wide for the sublimity of its thought that transcends cosmic categories, the cultural glory of ancient India is well-manifest in its long intellectual traditions of Darsana (philosophy), Dharmasastras (ethical codes/sociology), Ayurveda (medicine), Niti (polity/statecraft), Itihasa-Purana (history and mythology), Vyakarana (grammar) and Kavyasastra (literary theory/poetics). And, these apart, it is seen in the heights it achieved in the realms of sculptural art, architecture, drama, poetry, music, and even erotics. Notwithstanding its vastly complex expressions, the book develops a sharply-chiselled cultural profile of ancient India – with spotlight on its creative genius, its intellectual traditions, and its landmark achievements. In projecting these distinguishing features of a great heritage, the author: an Indologist of international renown, has drawn on a bewildering mass of literary evidence: ranging from Vedic writings to Vastuvidya texts, from Arthasastra treatises to Alamkara-sastra works. With wide-ranging bibliographic references and a comprehensive glossary of Sanskrit terms running over a hundred pages, the book will interest specialists and lay-readers alike.
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About the author

Sures Chandra Banerji

S.C. Banerji, (born 1917, Bengal), M.A. (Dacca), and Ph.D. (Calcutta), is a retired professor of Sanskrit, a Fellow of Asiatic Society, Calcutta and recognized by International Biographical Centre, Cambridges. England, as International Man of the Year 1997/98, is a dedicated indologist. He has, to his credit, about sixty books, on different aspects of indology, in English, Bengali and Hindi. Among his English works are A Companion to Sanskrit Literature, A Brief History of Tantra Literature, Studies in the Origin and Development of Yoga, A Companion to Indian Philosophy, New Perspectives in the study of the Puranas, A Brief History of Dharmasastra, Historical Survey of Ancient Indian Grammars (Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit), Principles of Hindu Jurisprudence (2 Vols.), Studies in the Mahapuranas, Cultural Reciprocation between India and the World, etc.

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Title The Cultural Glory of Ancient India: A Literary Overview
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124601372
length xiv+546p., Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History