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The Citrasutra of the Visnudharmottara Purana

 
Parul Dave Mukherji (Editor) Parul Dave Mukherji (Translator)
Synopsis In this book, the author has worked at a critical approach in the study of the Silpasastras. Contrary to the received opinion that the past is directly accessible to us via the sacrosanct fragments of the texts, the author argues that they only make sense within a framework. In the introduction, the Citrasutra, comprising nine adhyayas or chapters of the third khanda of the Visnudharmottara Purana, is posited as a much "discovered" and interpreted text. As a result, it has a long history of interpretation by pioneering art historians of the 20th century like A.K. Coomaraswamy, Stella Kramrisch and C. Sivaramamurti. Interest in the text is triggered by a set of concerns of the art historians, which were tied up with questions of Indian identity and the construction of an authentic past. The author locates her own interpretation of the text within the tradition of hermeneutics forming around this text. The second section, divided into three parts-Text, Translation and Notes, takes up the nine adhyayas from 35-45. The Text puts together a critical apparatus which incorporated fresh evidence from two new manuscripts from Nepal and Bangladesh, hitherto not considered by the earlier editors. The Notes are detailed and bring in the interpretations by the earlier scholars to indicated important deviations from the official line of interpretation. It is followed by a detailed Glossary, the first of its kind, which focuses on the technical and context-specific sense of the terms.
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Parul Dave Mukherji

The author received her B.A. in the History of At from Kala Bhavana, Vishwabharati University, Santiniketan and took her M.A. in the Department of Art History & Aesthetics at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. She then enrolled herself as an M. Phil student at the Faculty or Oriental Studies, Oxford University to work on “The Theory of imitation (anukriti) in Early Indian art” with Prof. B K Matilal. Later, for her doctoral dissertation, she took up the task of editing the Citrasutra of the Visundharmottara Purana with Prof. Alexis Sanderson. Grants from the Charles Wallace, the British Council, the Al Falak Foundation and the Radha Krishnan Memorial Bequest funded her doctoral research. Dr. Dave Mukherji is currently Reader of Art History & Aesthetics at the Faculty of fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. She has lectured in India and Europe and published a range of articles on historiography of Art History and the dialectics of nationalism and ‘naturalism’ in the study of Indian art. At present, her research focuses on the question of caste and gender in the study of early treatises of Indian art.

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Parul Dave Mukherji

The author received her B.A. in the History of At from Kala Bhavana, Vishwabharati University, Santiniketan and took her M.A. in the Department of Art History & Aesthetics at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. She then enrolled herself as an M. Phil student at the Faculty or Oriental Studies, Oxford University to work on “The Theory of imitation (anukriti) in Early Indian art” with Prof. B K Matilal. Later, for her doctoral dissertation, she took up the task of editing the Citrasutra of the Visundharmottara Purana with Prof. Alexis Sanderson. Grants from the Charles Wallace, the British Council, the Al Falak Foundation and the Radha Krishnan Memorial Bequest funded her doctoral research. Dr. Dave Mukherji is currently Reader of Art History & Aesthetics at the Faculty of fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. She has lectured in India and Europe and published a range of articles on historiography of Art History and the dialectics of nationalism and ‘naturalism’ in the study of Indian art. At present, her research focuses on the question of caste and gender in the study of early treatises of Indian art.

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Title The Citrasutra of the Visnudharmottara Purana
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120818059
length xlvi+293p., Figures; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.