Glimpses of Art, Architecture and Buddhist Literature in Ancient India

Glimpses of Art, Architecture and Buddhist Literature in Ancient India

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Author: K Krishnamurthy
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 176
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170172268


The glimpses of art, architecture and culture of ancient India are alluring and multi-faceted. It is the complex of ideas, perceptions and developed aesthetics that exist generally in Indian culture. Schematically presented, they build up in retrospect picturesque panorama of Indian culture of the past days. The present book embodies selective research papers of Dr. Krishna Murthy diversifying various aspects of the subject, written with wonted scholarship and sensitivity. Dr. Krishna Murthy has admirably discussed in this book many fascinating topics of varied interests. For this, the author has divided the book into three major sections, namely, art, architecture and literature.

He has brilliantly examined the interesting subjects like Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Hariti, Dasaratha Jataka etc. The topics on coiffures, musical instruments like lyre, Sambuca, Andhra dance tradition are telling examples of the gay and sportive days of India’s past. Similarly, the discussion on Buddhist and Hindu shrines forms the highlight of the study. The section on literature mainly dealing with Buddhist religious literature throws ample light on the activities and sects of Buddhism in South India in its heydays.

This volume is the outcome of Dr. Krishna Murthy’s three decades of persevered industry and indefatigable research. This book is bound to be an authoritative, major indological to me for lovers of art and indology alike.


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ART: Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara
Dasaratha Jataka: A Stone Page of Artistic Sculpturing
The Great Decease (Death) of the Buddha
Andhra Dance & Drama Tradition
Lyre in Sculpture
Sambuca, the Musical Instrument
Gandhara Conveyances

ARCHITECTURE: Stupa at Kalingapatnam
Ancient Buddhist Stupa Mound near Amaravati
Early Brahmanical Apsidal Shrines in Andhra
Temples of Srisailam
Temples of Mukhalingam

LITERATURE: Principal Schools and Sects of Buddhism
Buddhist Centres in South India
Tamil Literature by Buddhist Authors
Eminent Buddhist Teachers of South India
Prominent Buddhist Converts
Formation of the Order of Nuns
Women Personalities in Indian Buddhism
Famous Dancing Girls & Courtesans of the Buddhist Period
Select Bibliography