Author: N S Ramaswami
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0-7128-0131-6
With 17 black and white plates, this book, the first of its kind in India, shows how the monuments it deals with were slowly recovered from obscurity, mainly in the nineteenth century. Excepting four or five, the Hindu and Buddhist monuments discussed in this book were unknown two centuries ago.
Many of the great monuments of Indian antiquity like Ajanta and Mamallapuram have had a chequered history. With a few exceptions they were forgotten in the middle Ages. It was with the arrival of the Europeans that they became known again. Many of them suffered at the hands of the Portuguese. But the British sought them out, wrote on them and gradually made the West realize that India had once had a great art.
This book shows how the monuments it deals with were slowly recovered from the obscurity, mainly in the nineteenth century. Where there are references to them in the periods before the Europeans, these too have been discussed. The aims to provide a full account as far as possible of what travelers and, in later times, archaeologists thought of the monuments.
Wonder of India
Step by Step
Kanheri and Karle
Sarnath and Buddha Gaya
Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda
Sanchi and Bharhut
Ajanta and Bagh
Arikkamedu and Pumphur