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Art and Vision of Aurangabad Caves

Dulari Qureshi (Author)

˜Art and Vision of Aurangabad Caves" makes a detailed and exhaustive study of "Aurangabad caves". I explore every minutiae and microscopic particulars and idiosyncrasies of the artist. Since most of the previous work on Western Indian caves has concentrated on descriptive details, iconographic description, stylistic variations I have attempted at a greater understanding of the artists who have been ignored by most scholars. It is definitely not possible to identify the artist but one can at least make an effort to comprehend an artist through his work.

Meticulous documentation of every cave, each sculpture, has been my endeavour and trying to explain the significance of every sculpture even the subsidiary ones which have been neglected so far. While describing its significance I have taken the trouble to see the origin of every sculpture as during most of the time the bigger sculptures draw the attention of the writer while smaller carvings are conveniently neglected.

The book has been divided into six chapters excluding introductory chapter and conclusion. In each chapter I have taken the caves separately and described them according to the chronological numbers given by SAI. In each chapter I have systematically started from the exteriors of the cave. Starting with groundplan, door jambs, window frames, figures outside, pillars and pilasters of the Verandah, the details on the pillars and pilasters I have proceeded towards the main hall. Antechamber and finally the shrine details. Thus each cave has been discussed and described in its totality.

Research on this subject has been done with a view to study the movements of the artist from one place to another and for a better understanding of similarities and parallels, differences and dissimilarities amongst the many cave temples strewn all over Western India.

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About the author

Dulari Qureshi

Dr. Dulari Qureshi is on a curatorial port in the History Museum of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University. She is a multi-faceted personality who has done immense work in the field of Art, Culture and History. She is also a writer and journalist and contributed more than hundred articles in both national and regional newspapers. She has authored two books, one titled, "Ajanta Paintings Sculpture and Architecture" and the second, "Stone Sculptures in the History Museum". One of her significant contribution is the discovery of inscriptions at Pitalkhora near Aurangabad. Dr. Dulari Qureshi, is also teaching post-graduate students of Tourism, in the Department of Tourism Administration in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar University. She is the member of the Tourist Advisory Board formed by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation in Aurangabad. She is also a member of Aurangabad Beautification Committee and a member of Museaum Committee formed by the Municipal Corporation of Aurangabad. She is on the editorial board of "Art and Glamour" a magazine on Art, Culture, History and Tourism, published from Aurangabad. Dr. Dulart Qureshi has also done her Bachelor in Journalism and is on the teaching faculty for Diploma and degree courses in Journalism. She is also a faculty member in services preparatory Institute established by the Government off Maharashtra to prepare students for UPSC examination for selection to the National Defence Academy.

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Bibliographic information

Title Art and Vision of Aurangabad Caves
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.11.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050116, 9788186050118
length xxii+185p., Figures; Plates; References; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.