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The Art of Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent: In Cross-Cultural Perspective

Anupa Pande (Editor)

The volume is the outcome of an effort to bring into print the proceedings of an International Seminar on the Art of Central Asia and the Indian Sub-continent in Cross-Cultural Perspective organized by the Department of History of Art, National Museum Institute, in March 2007. The work contains scholarly and thought provoking papers by distinguished art-historians, historians and other leading intellectuals of the world. These scholars come from reputed universities and institutions of Asia, Europe and America. The essays, twenty-one in number, encompass diverse aspects of the art of Central Asia, and thus cover a large geographical expanse. While some of them offer a scholarly discussion of the sources of Buddhist Art in Central Asia and the scribes and artists who flourished in the region, some other provide in-depth analysis of the Buddhist art as it thrived in such important regions as Gandhara, kucha, Kizil and Dunhuang. Again, there are papers which provide an interesting insight into the cross-cultural facets of Central Asia, connections between Buddhism and West Asia, and the monasteries and shrines that existed in the region. The study of Buddhist and Hindu iconography is the theme of some other stimulating papers. The strikingly illustrated book is a significant contribution to the field of Central Asian studies and is valuable for students and scholars alike.

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Anupa Pande

Prof. (Dr.) AnupaPande is currently Professor and Head of the Department of History of Art and Director and Pro Vice Chancellor of the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMI), New Delhi. She has also served as Dean of NMI. She has been engaged in research and teaching for last thirty-six years in the University of Allahabad (1982-1995) and the National Museum Institute (1995-till date). She has published over forty research papers in reputed national and international journals and seven books on various aspects of Indian art, history, philosophy and culture. She is well versed in Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali. She also has knowledge of German, Chinese and Persian.

She has delivered lectures in museums and universities in India and abroad. She has coordinated several international seminars, workshops and exhibitions. Currently she is coordinating an international project on the art of Champa. She represents India at Comite International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) as its titular member. She is a representative member (NMI) of Council of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) and has been a member of prestigious national bodies such as Central Advisory Board of Archaeology (CABA). She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the renowned International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS).

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Title The Art of Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent: In Cross-Cultural Perspective
Author Anupa Pande
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.09.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053474
length xiv+250p., Illustrations; Index; 31cm.