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Kailasanatha Temple: The Realm of Immortals

Arputharani Sengupta (Author)
Synopsis This new cultural study looks at the intersection of Hellenistic and Egyptian-Lycian art forms in the religion sphere of dynastic India that was ushered by Buddhist Cult during the early Christian era. While specifying uniqueness of Indian culture it looks for external parallels and attempts to define the archaeological and cultural affiliation observed in terms of history of art forms in their cultural context. A discussion of artistic change, cultural identity, and religious belief foregrounds the most important monuments that typify the concept of Kailasa, abode of gods on the sacred peak of Himalayan Mountain. The 8th century Kailasantha Temple at Ellora in the Decan and at Kanschipuram in South India are both architectural marvels defining the Dravidian style; one is a sculptured monolith and the other earliest structural temple. Both are modeled after rock cut Dharmaraja Ratha at Mahabalipuram at tangent with the Gupta temple in North India, which set the stage for fundamental change in the design of religious monument that never the less derives its form Buddhist art and architecture.
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Arputharani Sengupta

Arputharani Sengupta was Professor of Art History (1996-2010) and Department Director at the National Museum Institute (Deemed University), New Delhi. She specialized in the History of Fine Arts at Stella Maris College, University of Madras, and has thirty-five years of experience teaching Ancient World Art. The author of best-selling books on early Buddhist Art and Indo-Greek transcultural exchanges uncovers the secrets of symbols intersecting art and religions through interdisciplinary investigative Research.

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Title Kailasanatha Temple: The Realm of Immortals
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173200885
length xvi+272p., Figures; B/w & Coloured Plates; Maps; 29cm.