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Discovering Vidisha: Art, Archaeology and Architecture

Yogendra Sharma (Editor) Om Prakash Misra (Editor)

Vidisha is one of the richest regions of Central India yielding vast archaeological wealth. Renowned in ancient literature as the capital of Akara and Dadarna and as a centre of cultural activities, with trade routes passing through it, the place has naturally attracted attention of archaeologistst from time to time, Explorations and excavations conducted here proved unhampered cultural growth of the region from the protohistoric times to the period of the Paramaras of Malwa.

The Ancient literary evidences and available protohistoric, epigraphic, numismatic, art and architectural source material have undoubtedly proved that Vidisha region represented one of the chief centres in the country where religious and cultural integration was fructified.

The present volume, incorporating the landmark studies by specialist in respective field, makes an attempt to interlink textual, literary and archaeological sources. The book is an attempt to present detailed and critical account of the rich cultural heritage of Vidisha region. It is hoped that this study will open avenues for further studies and will be valuable for researchers, scholars, students, general interest readers and tourists alike.

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About the authors

Yogendra Sharma

Shri Yogendra Sharma, I.A.S. of Madhya Pradesh cadre of 1999 batch, did his Masters in Political Science from Jiwaji University, Gwalior. He also obtained his M. Phil. in International Politics University, New Delhi.

Shri Sharma is interested in promoting and conserving the cultural heritage of Madhya Pradesh. He has  personally visited all the important  archaeological sites in Madhya Pradesh in 2008 he organized a National Seminar on Art and Archaeology of Dasarna Region and also published a monograph on Vidisha.

At present, Shri Sharma is serving as Collector of Vidisha District.

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Om Prakash Misra

Dr. O.P. Misra, M.A. in A.I.H.C. and Archaeology from Gorakhpur University, is the Publication Officer in the office of the Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Member of many learned societies and Associate/ Joint editor of several significant publications, including the departmental journal, Puratan, Dangwada Excavation Report. Khujuraho in Perspective, Vidisha, Ratlam, Shajapur, K.D Bajpai Commemoration volume, the author of Mother Goddess in Central Indiaand Iconography of Saptamatrkas. Dr. Misra has participated in many excavations in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, and contributed articles to different journals on the Art and Architecture of Madhya Pradesh.

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Bibliographic information

Title Discovering Vidisha: Art, Archaeology and Architecture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053757
length xx+124p., 87 B/w Plates; 28cm.