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The Word is Sacred: Sacred is the Word : The Indian Manuscript Tradition: Meisterwerke Indischer Manuskriptkunst

B N Goswamy (Author)

The Word is Sacred, Sacred is the Word: The Indian Manuscript Tradition demonstrates the wealth and diversity of India's manuscript tradition and communicates a lasting impression of India as a multifarious and multicultural society that holds knowledge and knowledge systems in high regard. Some one hundred precious manuscripts, books, and related documents introduced in this book span a timescale of almost two millennia of Indian cultural history. This book is the outcome of an exhibition, organized by the National Mission for  Manuscripts. Through this work, the Mission seeks to increase public access to the wealth-intellectual and aesthetic-of Indian manuscripts. It is a step in this direction. The manuscript Wealth of India is estimated at five million hand written texts. It is not a simple exercise for a representative section to be made for The Word is Sacred; Sacred is the Word. particularly since this is the first-time that the Mission has put together a display exclusively featuring manuscripts in all their diversity. It will take the reader through the manuscript tradition of India developed over centuries, the sheer range of knowledge systems, scripts, languages and materials  used in creating manuscripts and their exquisite calligraphies, illuminations and illustrations. A leading authority on Indian art, Shri B.N. Goswamy's work covers a wide range, and is regarded, especially in the area of Pahari Painting, as having influenced much thinking.

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About the author

B N Goswamy

B.N. Goswamy, distinguished art historian, was till recently Professor of Art History at the Punjab University, Chandigarh. A leading authority in the field of Indian painting, his work has been of seminal importance both to the studies of Pahari painting and painting in the Punjab. Among the most significant of his published works are: Pahari Painting, The Family as the Basis of Style (Marg, 1968); Pahari Paintings of the Nala Damayanti Theme (Delhi, 1975); Essence of Indian Art (San Francisco, 1986); Wonders of a Golden Age (Zurich, 1987); Pahari Masters: Court Painters of Northern India (Zurich, 1992); Indian Costumes in the collection of the Calico Museum of Textiles (Ahmedabad, 1993); and Nainsukh of Guler: A great Indian painter from a small Hill State (Zurich, 1997). His most recent work, Painted Visions: The Goenka Collection of Indian Painting, was published by the Lalit Kala Akademi earlier this year. Professor Goswamy has been visiting Professor at the Universities of Heidelberg, Zurich, Pennsylvania, California at Berkeley, California at Los Angeles, and Texas at Austin, and has lectured extensively both in Europe and the U.S., and in India. He has also been responsible for major exhibitions of Indian art in Paris, San Francisco and Zurich.

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Title The Word is Sacred: Sacred is the Word : The Indian Manuscript Tradition: Meisterwerke Indischer Manuskriptkunst
Author B N Goswamy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788189738224
length 204p., Photo; Glossary
Subjects History