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Shiva and Shakti: Mythology and Art

Ganga Somany (Author)
Synopsis Shiva, the Lord of Samadhi and his eternal consort, his one-without-second, Shakti, are inseparable; each is only half without the other. Together they compliment each other. Their apparent separations and subsequent unions are the source of illuminating stories and myths, the philosophy enlightening as well making superb classical literary reading. Shiva Shakti offers a unique collection of stories, myths, religious concepts and spiritual insights illuminated by a vast assortment of paintings and sculptures. The philosophy of God –Goddess, the omnipotent, all-powerful Shiva and his power-potency, Shakti, is presented in an easily readable and visually aesthetic format. This volume illustrates how these myths and concepts are interwoven through the art and very culture of India. The author has meticulously collected these works from sources far and wide, from private collections and institutions, some of which have never before appeared in books. These and the text as well are freely referenced. This volume is a must for inquisitive readers and collectors as well.
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About the author

Ganga Somany

Ganga Somany, the daughter of the late Brijmohan Birla and wife of the late O.M. Somany, is a graduate of Loreto College, Kolkata. From an early age she had a keen interest in writing and painting, which led to the authorship of several books. World Religions concerns the holy creeds, culture and festivals of the ten major religions. Hinduism is a pictorial exploration of one of the world’s oldest religious philosophies beginning with the question, “What is a Hindu?” The Rainbow Treasury of Enchanted Tales is an inspiring book which deals with the basic truths, generosity and valour which unite mankind. Shiva and Shakti is a unique collection of classical art reproductions, myths, legends and religious concepts. Mrs. Somany has had several solo exhibitions of her oil paintings which have been inspired by her own religious background and by the European old masters. Her paintings will be permanently displayed in the Art Gallery at the Birla Science Museum in Jaipur. In association with Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, she has established a charitable school, medical clinic and adult vocational training centre for women in Kolkata.

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Bibliographic information

Title Shiva and Shakti: Mythology and Art
Author Ganga Somany
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Ravi Kumar
Language: English
isbn 8187330031
length 115p., Glossary; Illustrations; Bibliography.