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Art and Architecture of Himachal Pradesh

Mian Goverdhan Singh (Author)

Himachal the dev Bhumi as known to the ancients lies in the heart of the Western Himalayas. It is a land of fascination and mystery and its centuries old culture rightly commands deep interest and respect. In itself the region may seem insignificant thinly populated and located in one of the most interior regions of the Western Himalayas between the Indian Plains and Kashmir. Nevertheless in the hills and valleys it evolved an unique complex of art and culture made up of many strains both native and foreign in which indigenous religion and beliefs predominate. On the one hand Himachal Pradesh maintained ancient indigenous traditions and on the other it adopted with great fidelity the highly developed cultural influence from the Indian plains and semi cultural inflow from the both and north east. The inherited and imported elements made an amalgam which gave Himachal Pradesh a distinctive character.

This is the first comprehensive volume to appear on the Art and Architecture of Himachal Pradesh, and it includes sections on Hindu and Buddhist Architecture in the Western Himalaya Sculpture bronzes, woodcarving Pahari painting and Chamba Rumals. It contains also an extensive and invaluable bibliography and an equally invaluable list of temples the most complete so far undertaken the author having obtained the name location and style of each shrine from the relevant district officers stationed throughout the state.

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About the author

Mian Goverdhan Singh

Born in an agriculturist family of Jubbal (Shimla district), Mian Goverdhan Singh graduated from the Punjab University in 1949. His passion for books drove him to opt for library profession. He served the Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Library, Shimla as a Chief Librarian for thirty-five years. Though a librarian, his first love remained Himachal Pradesh, its people, history, art and culture. He has, therefore, devoted all his leisure hours in the pursuit of these subjects and has been writing since 1962. He has several pioneering books an Himachal Pradesh to his credit. Among his publications are : Three lectures on 'Ancient History of Himachal Pradesh', included in Himachal Pradesh : Past, Present and Future published by Himachal Pradesh University; History of Himachal Pradesh (1982); Art and Architecture of Himachal Pradesh (1983); Descriptive Bibliography of Himachal Pradesh (1985); Himachal Pradesh: History, Culture and Economy (1988); Festivals, Fairs and Customs of Himachal Pradesh (1992); Himachal Pradesh ka Itihas (Hindi) (1996). In 1986 he was honoured with first state award for his contribution to the culture of Himachal Pradesh. The State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages also honoured him with Shikhar Samman award in 1996.

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Title Art and Architecture of Himachal Pradesh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.09.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350500156
length xiv+290p., 132 Colour & B/W Illustrations; 1 Map.