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Silpa-Sahasradala: Directory of Unique Rare and Uncommon Brahmanical Sculptures, Volume I Ganapati Skanda Siva

N P Joshi (Editor) A L Srivastava (Editor) Jnana Pravaha (Editor)

A number of unique, rare and uncommon sculptures of extraordinary iconographic and cultural interest lie hidden in museums, sculptural-sheds, private collections and temples. Some of them received attention of scholars whose studies resulted in their identification and appeared in Research Journals, Survey Reports, Proceedings of Conferences and Special Volumes published in India and abroad. But due to lack of communication, language problems, non-availability of these publications, paucity of funds, etc. most of the scholars and research students remain deprived of this precious material causing lacunae in their dissertations and lectures. To rectify this state of affairs, of course in limited way, a project of the following three volumes has been undertaken by the Jnana-Pravaha – I. Ganapati, Skanda and Shiva; II. Vishnu, Brahma, Surya and other divinities; III. Devi/Shakti: Sapta-matrikas, Lakshmi, Sarasvati, Durga, etc. This volume presents consolidated account of icons of Ganapati, Skanda and Shiva with their locations, brief descriptions, notable features along with allied references in Vedas, Epics, Puranas, Classical works and folk traditions. Photographs and Line-Drawing also appear as visual aids.

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A L Srivastava

Born in 1936 in Uttar Pradesh. Dr. A.L. Srivastava took his Masters' degree in Ancient History, culture and Archaeology from Lucknow University in 1966 and stood first class first. He was awarded Ph.D. degree in 1976 from the same University. Dr. Srivastava has contributed to Indian and foreign research journals about seventy papers on different aspects of Indology, particularly on the auspicious symbols in early Indian art. He has been regularly contributing popular papers and stories based on Indian history, art and culture to almost all the leading Hindi periodicals in the country. Similarly, he has also made about two dozen radio-broadcasts on variuos facets of Indology. Credit goes to Dr. Srivastava for his discoveries of some rock-paintings in the hills of Sanchi-Kanakhera and Nagauri in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh in 1973 and a rare silver coin of the Chandragupta-Kumaradevi type in 1974. His keen interest in the field of research enabled Dr. Srivastava to be invited by the Canadian Asian Studies Association to present his paper on Nandyavarta to the annual conference of the Learned Societies of Canada held at the University of Montreal in June 1985 where his papers aroused a lively discussion.

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Title Silpa-Sahasradala: Directory of Unique Rare and Uncommon Brahmanical Sculptures, Volume I Ganapati Skanda Siva
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.05.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 322p., Plates; Illustrations; Index; 29cm.