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The Ellora Monoliths: Rashtrakuta Architecture In The Deccan: Book by K.V. Soundara Rajan

The Ellora Monoliths: Rashtrakuta Architecture In The Deccan

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ISBN: 9788121201179    Publisher: Gyan Publishing House Year of publishing: 1988     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 320        Language: English
Description About The Author:- Dr. K. V. Soundra Rajan (b.1925) took his Post-graduate degree in Sanskrit with Epigraphy form Allahabad University, and was trained and selected in 1947 by Sir Mortimer...Read more
Description About The Author:- Dr. K. V. Soundra Rajan (b.1925) took his Post-graduate degree in Sanskrit with Epigraphy form Allahabad University, and was trained and selected in 1947 by Sir Mortimer Wheeler, then Director General, Archaeological Survery of India, as scholar, and by the U.P.S.C. as an officer in 1954. Seeing service in several capacities and varying responsibilities from Prehistory to Temple Survey, he retired recently as Additional Director General in the Survey. Widely traveled in the East and West (where he taught at Chicago and Los Angeles Universities) he has ten books to his credit so far on various aspects of history, art and archaeology. President of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Research, Vice President of the Indian Archaeological Society, and President-elect of the Epigraphically Society of India, besides being associated with several learned bodies, and a senior research fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, his wide and versatile interests had earned him a reputable place among the senior archaeologists and art historians, alike of India as abroad, as an ardent scholar, writer and speaker. His other interests include classical music and the stage.Contents:- Preface • List of Plates • Introduction • Architectural Traditions • State of Canonical Art • Early Monolitithic Vimana Architecture --Formal Analysis • Description of the Monuments • The panchayatna complex on the Southern Side Roof of the Kailasa • Appendix • Glossary of Technical Terms • Index.About The Book:- This Book Seeks To Lift Into Focus The Monolithic Legacy Of The Rashtrakutas At Ellora, From Out Of The Reason That These Monoliths Perhaps Are Best Suited To Understand And Reconstruct The Artistic, Architectural, Traditional, Religious And Cult Interactions And Growth-Spectra That Had Taken Place In The Period From The 8Th To The 10Th Century A.D., Very Much More Eloquently Than The Study Of The Cave Temple Types. Without The Stabilizing Role Of These Monoliths, In The Over View Of The Status Of Temple Art, In That Period Which The Rashtrakutas Adorned By Their Vigorous Patronage, Eclecticism And Multi-Pronged Political Thrusts All Over India In Their Heyday, The Cave-Art Syndrome Would Tend To Cloy Even Under The Best Circumstances, As Something Repetitive, Potteries And Commandeered Which Surely It Was Not. The Book Deals With The Five Monoliths At Ellora, In Their Own Historical Architectural, Iconographic-Religious Perspectives, And Elucidates How They Were Greatly Diversified And Pregnant With Rich Potential For The Reconstruction Of The Are Situation; And It Compares Them Also With Their Compeer Monoliths Elsewhere In South India, In The Same Ilk, As In The Pallava And Pandya Zones Of The Past. The Chief Aim Of The Book Is To Give A Satisfactory Formal Picture Of These Monoliths And To Vest Them With The Credit Of Being Land-Marks In The Arche-Types They Sought To Represent. Profusely Illustrated And With A Helpful Set Of Charts And Glossary, It Is Designed To Cover A Felt Need In Art Studies At Ellora., About The Author:- Dr. K. V. Soundra Rajan (B.1925) Took His Post-Graduate Degree In Sanskrit With Epigraphy Form Allahabad University, And Was Trained And Selected In 1947 By Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Then Director General, Archaeological Survery Of India, As Scholar, And By The U.P.S.C. As An Officer In 1954. Seeing Service In Several Capacities And Varying Responsibilities From Prehistory To Temple Survey, He Retired Recently As Additional Director General In The Survey. Widely Traveled In The East And West (Where He Taught At Chicago And Los Angeles Universities) He Has Ten Books To His Credit So Far On Various Aspects Of History, Art And Archaeology. President Of The Indian Society For Prehistoric And Quaternary Research, Vice President Of The Indian Archaeological Society, And President-Elect Of The Epigraphically Society Of India, Besides Being Associated With Several Learned Bodies, And A Senior Research Fellow Of The Indian Council Of Historical Research, His Wide And Versatile Interests Had Earned Him A Reputable Place Among The Senior Archaeologists And Art Historians, Alike Of India As Abroad, As An Ardent Scholar, Writer And Speaker. His Other Interests Include Classical Music And The Stage., Content:- Preface • List Of Plates • Introduction • Architectural Traditions • State Of Canonical Art • Early Monolitithic Vimana Architecture --Formal Analysis • Description Of The Monuments • The Panchayatna Complex On The Southern Side Roof Of The Kailasa • Appendix • Glossary Of Technical Terms • Index.
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