Cultural Landscapes and the Lifeworld Literary images of Banaras

Cultural Landscapes and the Lifeworld Literary images of Banaras

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Author: Rana P B Singh
Publisher: Indica Books
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 370
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186569456


This book expounds in a colourful way the diverse literary images that Banaras, the city known as the Cultural Capital of India and the holiest city for Hindus, has inspired and continues to inspire in different writers in the course of history. Few other cities in the world have so sparked the imagination of the artists as this paradoxical and indescribable city which seems to integrate all contradictions.

Kabir, Tulasi Das, Mirza Ghalib, Bhartendu Harishchandra, Rudra Kashikeya, Bishma Sahni , Raja Rao, Shivprasad Singh, Abdul Bismillah, Kashinath Singh and Pankhaj Mishra, all wrote about the Banaras of their time or of the past. Rana P B Singh, an undisputed authority on the city of Banaras, analyses their literary images and the cultural traditions described there in, interpreting them in the purview of cultural symbols and lived traditions which have maintained their continuity since the ancient past.