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It is a collection of thirty essays on various aspects of Hindu and Buddhist Art and Iconography contributed by Indian and foreign scholars. These represent deep insight and new interpretation based on sound scholarship and accounts. While intended to commemorate the loving memory of Professor Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta, the book is a fitting tribute to the great savant. Professor P.K. Mishra and publisher M/s Abhinav Publications have spared no pains to make it an outstanding publication of the year.

 

About the Author

 

Editor Professor P.K. Mishra (b. 1937) served as Professor of History, Sambalpur University, Orissa during 1978 to 1997. He has to this credit several publications, viz. Political History of Orissa (New Delhi, 1979), Madhusudan Das, the Legislator, His Speeches (Ranchi, 1980), Evolution of Orissa and Her Culture (Calcutta, 1983), Archaeology of Mayurbhanj (New Delhi, 1997) and Comprehensive History and Culture of Orissa (New Delhi, 1997). He has edited felicitation volumes like Heritage of India, Past and Present (New Delhi, 1994, two volumes) and Aspects of Indian History and Historiography (New Delhi, 1996). Two commemoration volumes published by him are Modern World, A New Perspective (New Delhi, 1989) and Culture, Tribal History and Freedom Movements (New Delhi, 1989). He was President of the Orissa History Congress twice in 1986 and 1995. He is working as a Seniro Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research on the project 'Historians and Historiography in Orissa'.

 

PREFACE

Bengal has produced great historians and scholars in Indology. The Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture of Calcutta University was considered the centre for advanced research and a trend setter. Late Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta former Rani Bageswari Professor of Indian Art was a product of the above Department. Having served the Department as a Teacher for over thirty years he had also served the Kalyani University as its Vice-Chancellor for a full term of four years before adorning the Rani Bageswari Chair. He was well known for his deep erudition and scholarship on various aspects of Indian history and culture. The details of his academic achievements have been furnished in the Felicitation Volume Aspects of Indian History and Historiography (Kaveri Book, 1997, New Delhi) separately for the appraisal of all. As a friend and admirer of this ardent worshipper of Clio we thought it proper to commemorate his memory by dedicating a prestigious volume with learned contributions from the established scholars of India and abroad. In translating our dream into reality we were fortunate enough to obtain the ungrudging and timely cooperation of many scholars whose love and respect for Professor Dasgupta has completely beholden us. Their response was quite overwhelming. While craving the indulgence of the leaned contributors for the delay in publication, we convey our deep sense of gratitude to each of them for approving as a modest gift to the intellectual luminary of Bengal by his friends and admirers.

This volume carries thirty articles divided into two sections thematically. The efforts of the contributors and the Editor will be deemed a success if the volume as a whole is well received by the students of Indology in our country and abroad.

We are indebted to M/s Abhinav Publications, New Delhi for undertaking the Publication of the book. We also express our thanks to all those who evinced keen interest and supported our efforts to bring out the present volume.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Preface

 

7
SECTION I - ART

 

1. A Contemporary Iconic Tradition: Laksmi, Ganesa, Sarasvati - An Emerging, "New" Hindu Trinurti
- H. Daniel Smith
11
2. A Note on Usnisa-Sitatapatra Pratyamgira…Dharani
- Sudha Sengupta
49
3. A Rare Image of Natambara in Sambalpur University Museum
- S. Pradhan
57
4. Architecture and Town-planning in the Puranas
- Mamata Chaudhuri
63
5. Birds in Ancient Indian Art
- Uma Chakraborti
73
6. Emergence of Avalokitesvara
- Shailendra Kumar Verma
85
7. Four Image of the Buddhist Goddess Aparajita
- Mallar Mitra
95
8. Horse and Horse-headed Deity of North-Eastern India
- Chitrarekha Gupta
101
9. Influence of Brahmanism on Early Siamese Art
- P.K. Mishra
113
10. Lakulisa to Rajaguru: Metamorphosis of the 'Teacher' in the Iconographic Program of the Orissan Temple
- Thomas Eugene Donaldson
129
11. Parsvanatha Images at Ellora - A Study in Iconography
- Maruti Nandan Prasad Tiwari
155
12. Lord Siva and Siva Icons in Assam
- Nishipad Dev Choudhury
165
13. The Background of Mughal Painitng
- A.K. Bhattacharyya
183
14. The Five Deities of Pancopasana
- G. Bhattacharya
197
15. The Mihrabs in the 14th Century Adina Mosque in Pandua, India: Evidence of the Reuse of Late Pala-Sena Remains
- Naseem A. Banerji
207
16. Twenty-four Forms of Visnu Discovered on the Outer Wall of Jagannatha Temple, Puri
- G.C. Chauley
223
17. Two Rare Matrka Images from Lower Bengal
- Sudipa Bandyopadhyay

 

231
SECTION II - CULTURE

 

18. Brahmana in Early Medieval Kashmir
- Y.B. Singh
251
19. Dance at the Crossroads: An Early Source of Kathak
- Mandakranta Bose
261
20. Introduction of Buddhist Philosophy in China: A Study on Sanghadeva's Role
- Swati Ganguly
275
21. Jainism vis-à-vis Brahmanism and Buddhism: A Syncretistic Approach
- Jyotsna Raychaudhuri
285
22. Kalacakrayana
- Biswanath Banerjee
297
23. Organized Bodhisattvas: A Blind Alley in Buddhism Historiography
- Richard Gombrich
307
24. Our Ethical and Spiritual Heritage: Guru Cult
- Sachindra Kumar Maity
331
25. Sarasvati Vac, the Sacral Word and the Supreme Cosmic Goddess
- Sanjukta Gupta Gombrich
337
26. Some Aspects of Laotian Culture
- Patit Paban Mishra
351
27. The Gopala-Krsna Sub-sect in Rajasthan
- Pranabananda Jash
361
28. The Hermeneutics of Swami Vivekananda
- Pradip Sinha
381
29. Theravada Buddhist Liturgy: A Study in its Origin and Growth as an Integral Element of a Living Religious Tradition
- M.M.J. Marasinghe
391
30. Zen Buddhism in Japan - A Comparative Study
- Kshonika Saha
407

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Studies in Hindu and Buddhist Art

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It is a collection of thirty essays on various aspects of Hindu and Buddhist Art and Iconography contributed by Indian and foreign scholars. These represent deep insight and new interpretation based on sound scholarship and accounts. While intended to commemorate the loving memory of Professor Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta, the book is a fitting tribute to the great savant. Professor P.K. Mishra and publisher M/s Abhinav Publications have spared no pains to make it an outstanding publication of the year.

 

About the Author

 

Editor Professor P.K. Mishra (b. 1937) served as Professor of History, Sambalpur University, Orissa during 1978 to 1997. He has to this credit several publications, viz. Political History of Orissa (New Delhi, 1979), Madhusudan Das, the Legislator, His Speeches (Ranchi, 1980), Evolution of Orissa and Her Culture (Calcutta, 1983), Archaeology of Mayurbhanj (New Delhi, 1997) and Comprehensive History and Culture of Orissa (New Delhi, 1997). He has edited felicitation volumes like Heritage of India, Past and Present (New Delhi, 1994, two volumes) and Aspects of Indian History and Historiography (New Delhi, 1996). Two commemoration volumes published by him are Modern World, A New Perspective (New Delhi, 1989) and Culture, Tribal History and Freedom Movements (New Delhi, 1989). He was President of the Orissa History Congress twice in 1986 and 1995. He is working as a Seniro Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research on the project 'Historians and Historiography in Orissa'.

 

PREFACE

Bengal has produced great historians and scholars in Indology. The Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture of Calcutta University was considered the centre for advanced research and a trend setter. Late Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta former Rani Bageswari Professor of Indian Art was a product of the above Department. Having served the Department as a Teacher for over thirty years he had also served the Kalyani University as its Vice-Chancellor for a full term of four years before adorning the Rani Bageswari Chair. He was well known for his deep erudition and scholarship on various aspects of Indian history and culture. The details of his academic achievements have been furnished in the Felicitation Volume Aspects of Indian History and Historiography (Kaveri Book, 1997, New Delhi) separately for the appraisal of all. As a friend and admirer of this ardent worshipper of Clio we thought it proper to commemorate his memory by dedicating a prestigious volume with learned contributions from the established scholars of India and abroad. In translating our dream into reality we were fortunate enough to obtain the ungrudging and timely cooperation of many scholars whose love and respect for Professor Dasgupta has completely beholden us. Their response was quite overwhelming. While craving the indulgence of the leaned contributors for the delay in publication, we convey our deep sense of gratitude to each of them for approving as a modest gift to the intellectual luminary of Bengal by his friends and admirers.

This volume carries thirty articles divided into two sections thematically. The efforts of the contributors and the Editor will be deemed a success if the volume as a whole is well received by the students of Indology in our country and abroad.

We are indebted to M/s Abhinav Publications, New Delhi for undertaking the Publication of the book. We also express our thanks to all those who evinced keen interest and supported our efforts to bring out the present volume.

 

CONTENTS

 

  Preface

 

7
SECTION I - ART

 

1. A Contemporary Iconic Tradition: Laksmi, Ganesa, Sarasvati - An Emerging, "New" Hindu Trinurti
- H. Daniel Smith
11
2. A Note on Usnisa-Sitatapatra Pratyamgira…Dharani
- Sudha Sengupta
49
3. A Rare Image of Natambara in Sambalpur University Museum
- S. Pradhan
57
4. Architecture and Town-planning in the Puranas
- Mamata Chaudhuri
63
5. Birds in Ancient Indian Art
- Uma Chakraborti
73
6. Emergence of Avalokitesvara
- Shailendra Kumar Verma
85
7. Four Image of the Buddhist Goddess Aparajita
- Mallar Mitra
95
8. Horse and Horse-headed Deity of North-Eastern India
- Chitrarekha Gupta
101
9. Influence of Brahmanism on Early Siamese Art
- P.K. Mishra
113
10. Lakulisa to Rajaguru: Metamorphosis of the 'Teacher' in the Iconographic Program of the Orissan Temple
- Thomas Eugene Donaldson
129
11. Parsvanatha Images at Ellora - A Study in Iconography
- Maruti Nandan Prasad Tiwari
155
12. Lord Siva and Siva Icons in Assam
- Nishipad Dev Choudhury
165
13. The Background of Mughal Painitng
- A.K. Bhattacharyya
183
14. The Five Deities of Pancopasana
- G. Bhattacharya
197
15. The Mihrabs in the 14th Century Adina Mosque in Pandua, India: Evidence of the Reuse of Late Pala-Sena Remains
- Naseem A. Banerji
207
16. Twenty-four Forms of Visnu Discovered on the Outer Wall of Jagannatha Temple, Puri
- G.C. Chauley
223
17. Two Rare Matrka Images from Lower Bengal
- Sudipa Bandyopadhyay

 

231
SECTION II - CULTURE

 

18. Brahmana in Early Medieval Kashmir
- Y.B. Singh
251
19. Dance at the Crossroads: An Early Source of Kathak
- Mandakranta Bose
261
20. Introduction of Buddhist Philosophy in China: A Study on Sanghadeva's Role
- Swati Ganguly
275
21. Jainism vis-à-vis Brahmanism and Buddhism: A Syncretistic Approach
- Jyotsna Raychaudhuri
285
22. Kalacakrayana
- Biswanath Banerjee
297
23. Organized Bodhisattvas: A Blind Alley in Buddhism Historiography
- Richard Gombrich
307
24. Our Ethical and Spiritual Heritage: Guru Cult
- Sachindra Kumar Maity
331
25. Sarasvati Vac, the Sacral Word and the Supreme Cosmic Goddess
- Sanjukta Gupta Gombrich
337
26. Some Aspects of Laotian Culture
- Patit Paban Mishra
351
27. The Gopala-Krsna Sub-sect in Rajasthan
- Pranabananda Jash
361
28. The Hermeneutics of Swami Vivekananda
- Pradip Sinha
381
29. Theravada Buddhist Liturgy: A Study in its Origin and Growth as an Integral Element of a Living Religious Tradition
- M.M.J. Marasinghe
391
30. Zen Buddhism in Japan - A Comparative Study
- Kshonika Saha
407

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