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Siva in Indian Art

D. Kiran Kranth Choudary (Author)

Sivas Iconography is of seminal importance in the history of Indian Art. The present work Siva in Indian Art, for the first time, presents an exhaustive study of the impact of mythology on the iconography of Siva from the earliest to the 16th century C.E. The author compares the Saiva sculptures of Andhra with their counterparts belonging to the other schools of art like the Pallava, the Chalukya the Chola, the Rahtrakuta, the Kalinga and others of South India which makes the work authoritative and exhaustive.

Further the study also throws fresh light on the iconographical evolution of different forms of Siva, besides their physiognomy. The forms of Siva are grouped as Nrityamurtis, Samyuktamurtis, Samharamurtis, Anugrahamurtis, Saumyamurtis and Pratyekamurtis. Being a serious research work this is very valuable for the history of iconography of Siva and serves as a beacon for further research in this field. With over 100 illustrations this is an essential book for anyone interested in Indian art.

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Nrityamurtis. 3. Samyuktamurtis. 4. Samharamurtis. 5. Anugrahamurtis. 6. Saumyamurtis. 7. Pratyekamurtis. 8. Epilogue. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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About the author

D. Kiran Kranth Choudary

Dr. D. Kiran Kranth Choudary (b. 1954) is professor of Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology, and also the Vice-Principal, S.V.U. College of International Studies, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.  His field of specialization is Art and Architecture in which he contributed innovative articles.  He has completed three Research Projects sponsored by the University Grants Commission.  He has organized the IV Annual Conference, South Indian Numismatic Society and the 26th Annual Conference, A.P. History Congress.  He was the co-ordinator of the Association of Indian Universities, 78th Annual Meet of the All India Vice-Chancellors.  He also conducted three seminars on different themes.  He chaired many sessions in various conferences and seminars.  As a resource person he delivered lectures in different universities.  Dr. Choudary haspublished Five Prominent Temples of Bhubaneswar (1982), Ragadhuli (1984), Ramayana in Indian Art and Epigraphy (2006) and also edited Sankaram: Recent Researches on Indian Culture (2000), Prasadam, Recent Researches on Archaeology, Art, Architecture and Culture (2004), World Civilizations (2006), Studies in Indian Culture and Archaeology (2007).  He has sixty research papers to his credit published in reputed Research Journals.  He received training in Remote Sensing for Archaeology at NRSA, Hyderabad.  He served as Dean (E) and Special Officer (Evaluation) for the university and also former Head and Chairman, Board of Studies, Dept of A.I.H.C. & Archaeology.  He is associated with many academic bodies in various capacities.  As poet and creative writer he is associated with many literary and cultural organizations.

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Title Siva in Indian Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.03.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173201387
length xxix+279p., 119 B/W Plates