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Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: Volume 2, Part 1: North India Foundations of North Indian Style C.250 B.C - A.D. 1100 (In 2 Volumes)

Krishna Deva (Editor) M Bose (Author) M A Dhaky (Editor) Michael W. Meister (Editor)
Synopsis The goal of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, sponsored by the American Institute of Indian Studies, has been to survey and to organize by style, with technical descriptions, that vast body of monuments constructed between c. A.D. 400 and the 18th Century in India to serve India's symbolic and religious needs. Volume I, of which two parts have already been published, deals with the Dravida temples of South India. Volume II, of which this set constitutes the first part, documents Nagara temples in North India 'with extensions of this typical curvilinear type into the Deccan' as well as other temple forms that contribute to North Indian style. This set explores the early foundations of North Indian form, beginning with a review of pre-Gupta evidence. It covers Gupta experiments in brick and stone; important recent discoveries of Vakataka temple-remains; evidence for architectural form from Western Ghat caves; and early brick structures of both Hindu and Buddhist affiliation in eastern India. A tradition of small mandapika pandals in Central India 'first roofed by only simple altar-like superstructures above lithic pavilions' that ranges in date from the sixth to the early tenth century is documented in its entirety, as is the tradition of pent-roof stone structures typical of Kashmir. Early lithic experiments in Surastra and Malava; dated examples from the seventh century as widely separated as Rajasthan, Bihar, and Andhra; developed Latina Nagara temples in Central India, Orissa, and the Deccan; as well as brick temples of the same period in Magadha and Daksina Kosala are analysed. Dynasties patronizing these temples include Maitrakas, Garulakas, Capotkatas, Panduvamsis, Nalas, Sailodbhavas, and Calukyas. The Latina style of North India 'one of the most effective uses of architectural form for a symbolic function in the history of world art' has its roots and first flowering in this period. Its subsequent development will be documented in following parts of this Encyclopaedia. 158 text figures giving temple plans, elevations, and sections, many previously not published; 778 black-and white plates; 15 maps; a quick Reference Glossary of technical vocabulary; and a Site Index are included. Drawings and photographs have been prepared especially for this volume by the AIIS Centre for Art and Archaeology, Varanasi.
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About the authors

Krishna Deva

Krishna Deva (1914-2001) after retirement as Director, Archaeological Survey of India was instrumental in bringing out several inventory volumes about sites and monument of India. He was the most eminent scholar of Indian art, achitectecture and archaeology. He conducted iconnograhphicaL and sculptural survey of the image in Nepal.He was Archaeological Advisor to his Majesty's Govt. in Nepal, Director Birla Academy of Art and Cultures, and for 12 years, as consultant to American Institute of Indian Studies, Varanasi for their project on Encyclopaedia of India Temple Achitecture. He was Editor of Journal of Indian Society of Oriental Art. His pioneering contribution in the Temples of India. He also wrote books on Images in Nepal. Report on vaishali Excavations and Temples of Khajuraho.

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 2, Part 1: North India Foundations of North Indian Style C.250 B.C - A.D. 1100 (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 195615379
length xviii+422p., xii+778p., B/w Plates; Maps; Figures; Glossary; Index; 29cm.