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Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: Volume 1, Part 1: South India: Lower Dravidadesa 200 B.C.- A.D. 1324 (In 2 Volumes)

M A Dhaky (Editor) Michael W. Meister (Editor)
Synopsis The aim of the Encyclopaedia, sponsored by the American Institute of Indian Studies, is to survey and organise by style, with technical descriptions, the vast body of monuments constructed between c. AD 400 and 18th centuries in India to serve India`s symbolic and religious needs. Each volume is divided into Parts delineating different regions, stylistic evolutions or periods. Each part has two different sections (books) devoted to text and illustrations. This part covers temples in lower south India from early beginings through temples of Cholas and Pandyas, Muttaraiyars, Irrukavels, Paluvettaraiyars, and other dynasties of the lower south. Arranged by region and dynasty, the chapters also suggest something of the nature of local idioms and regional artistic styles, and are lavishly illustrated with photographs and drawings. Contributors to this Part are K.R. Srinivasan, K.V. Soundara Rajan, M.A. Dhaky and H. Sarkar.
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About the authors

M A Dhaky

Professor M.A. Dhaky, currently Director (Emeritus) at the American Institute of Indian Studies’ Centre for Art and Archaeology, Gurgaon (Haryana), is a historian and researcher of ancient and medieval Indian art and architecture and Sanskrit texts that relate to the architecture of the ancient buildings. Prof. Dhaky had served on deputation at the AIIS’ Varanasi Center from August 1966, first from the Department of Archaeology, Government of Gujarat, and from 1974 from the L.D. Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad, where he was till 1987 posted as the Research Professor of Indian Art and Architecture. Among his publications are the short and long monographs, chapters to the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture and research papers in English, Gujarati, and in Hindi, on the history and literature including agamas and hymnology of the Nirgranthadarsana, as also articles involving criticism and interpretation of art and architecture, musicology and horticulture, all together numbering 290. He is recipient of many a awards and honours: the ‘Kumara’ silver medal (Ahmedabad 1974), an award of the Prakrta Jananabharati, Bangalore (1993), the Campbell Memorial Gold Medal of the Asiatic Society of Bombay (1994), the Hemacandracarya Award from Jaswanta Dharmarth Trust, Delhi (1997), and an award and gold medal from “Kalikalasarvjna Sri Hemacandracarya Navam Janma-Satabdi Smriti Samskara Siksana Nidhi” Trust, Ahmedabad (1999).

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Michael W. Meister

Michael W. Meister is Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of the History of Art and South Asia Regional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has served as editor of the American Institute of Indian Studies' series, the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, and also edited volumes on Discourses on Siva, Making Things in South Asia, and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: Essays in Early Indian Architecture and Essays in Architectural Theory.

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Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: Volume 1, Part 1: South India: Lower Dravidadesa 200 B.C.- A.D. 1324 (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173042993
length 361p., 432 B/w Plates; Illustrations.