Collected Works of Ananda K Coomaraswamy Series
PERCEPTION OF THE VEDASISBN : 81-7304-254-3Edited By :Vidya Nivas Mishra
In 1933, Coomaraswamy published A New Approach to the Vedas, and thereafter he regularly brought out longer and shorter studies of the Vedas and Upani ads till the year 1947. These works were published in a variety of American, European and Indian journals. These essays have been arranged here in this volume in relation to some aspects or the other of Vedic text as one integrated perception…..Read More
The author has tried to make accurate, evocative translations of Vedic and Upani adic texts through the use of scholastic language and archaic or composite words. These translations are followed by copious notes covering related passages from other texts and translations in order to bring out a fuller meaning of the process of emanation of manifest from the unmanifest It is hoped that this volume will open up a new vista of interpreting the Vedic lore so that we can reintegrate our own fuller being with the fuller manifestations of the cosmic order in which resides the truth of truths..
INDIAN WOMEN SEERS AND THEIR SONGS THE UNFETTERED NOTEISBN : 978-81-7305-581-2Edited By :SUBHADRA DESAI , Distributor: Aryan Books International, New Delhi-2.
(2017, pp.xI+324, Col. illus. 24, bibl., index)
THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE IN MEDIEVAL INDIAISBN : 13 : 978-93-81406-41-0Edited By :Adam Hardy
(2015, xiv+293pp.,inÎ, Bib., Illus. col., maps and line drawings)
This book is about Vastuvidya or Architectural theory, the creation of temples, and the role of drawing as an indispensible bridge between the two. It focuses on two works attributed to Bhoja, the legendary Paramara ruler of Malwa in the first half of the eleventh century…Read MoreThe first of these is his vastly ambitious, but unfinished, royal temple at Bhojpur, with its unique set of architectural drawings engraved on the surrounding rocks. These beautiful drawings, documented here for the first time, provide insights into construction processes and glimpses of hitherto unknown temple forms. They also hold the key to the intended design of the Bhojpur temple itself, which would have been by far the biggest Hindu temple in the world.
The other main focus of this study is Bhoja’s great compendium of architectural knowledge known as the Samaranganasutradhara, a project of comparable ambition to his temple. This famous Vastusastra was compiled at a moment when the classical traditions of Indian architecture had blossomed into abundant maturity, and could be understood in relation to one another, in all their diversity.
As illustrated by numerous photographs, the text describes types known among surviving monuments, as well as many others probably never built. Far from being a straightjacket and an impediment to growth, the text is revealed both as full of architectural invention, and as a framework and a stimulus to further creativity. This book will allow the reader to begin to understand the temple architecture of medieval India through the eyes of its creators.
Writings on Geology and Mineralogy: Scientific Papers and CommentISBN : 81-7304-373-6Edited By :A. RANGANATHAN and K. SRINIVASA RAO
This volume deals with Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s contribution to the geology and mineralogy of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The material in the volume has been arranged in three sections: the first contains his articles on geology and mineralogy of Ceylon published in scientific journals; the second includes the classic Ceylon Administrative Reports which he wrote in 1903-06;…Read Moreand the final section is mainly concerned with several comments on Coomaraswamy’s work which highlight his reputation as mainstream geologist.
His greatest contribution to geology was his discovery of the mineral Thorianite in 1904. It was characteristic of Coomaraswamy’s self-effacement and scientific modesty that instead of immortalizing his own name, he preferred to name it Thorianite. It is hoped that this volume on Coomaraswamy’s contribution to the earth sciences, quite different from his undoubted greatness as an exponent of the Perennial Philosophy, will be of great interest to his innumerable admirers.
ESSAYS IN ARCHITECTURAL THEORYISBN : 0-19-563805-0Edited By :Michael W.Meister
(1995 xxiii+122 pp. figs, notes, appen., indexes)
This volume presents the essays that best represent Coomaraswamy’s rapidly developing thinking on the hermeneutics of architecture-its “why” not ‘how”. These can best be understood in the order in which they were written…Read MoreFrom a discussion of the “Pāli Kaṇṇikā: Circular Roof-plate” of ancient wooden construction in 1930,Coomaraswamy moved on to a much more widely ranging metaphysical exploration of ‘The Symbolism of the Dome” (1938). He made a conceptual leap to connect the physiognomy of costume with architectural meaning in his essay on “Uṣṇīśa and Chatra: Turban and Umbrella” (1938); profoundly connected “Decoration” to essential meaning in “Ornament” (1939); and extended the “significant form” of architecture to that which transforms men in “Svayamātṛṇṇā: Janua Coeli” (1939). A summing-up essay on “An Indian Temple: The Kandarīya Mahādeo” (1947), published in the year of his death, placed the form of the temple at the still centre of Coomaraswamy’s thought.
ESSAYS IN EARLY INDIAN ARCHITECTUREISBN : 019-563094-7Edited By :Michael W.Meister
(1995, xxviii+151 pp.)
Three of Coomaraswamy’s essays which were published in a journal Eastern Art, published by the Fledgling College Art Association and the fourth essay on “Huts and Related Temple Types” survived only in manuscripts have made access to Coomaraswamy’s accomplishments in the area difficult for most students and scholars…Read MoreThis volume for the first time brings together four major essays along with Coomaraswamy’s analysis of “Indian Architectural Terms”. An introductory essay by Michael W. Meister on “The Language and Process of Early Indian Architecture” connects Coomaraswamy’s foundational essays with more recent scholarship on the origination of India’s vast tradition of temple achitecture. An afterword, with Joseph Rykwert, on “Adam’s House and Hermits’ Huts”, presents a conversation with a major Western architectural historian concerning Coomaraswamy and the profound utility and significance of his work.
ESSAYS ON MUSICISBN : 81-7304-611-5Edited By :PREM LATA SHARMA
(2010, 153, Preface, Introduction)
These essays were published in a few books, journals, etc., mostly in the early years of the twentieth century. Coomaraswamy held that music in countless ways had been bound up with the Indian national culture, for it was the most universal expression of emotion-religious, amorous or martial… Read MoreMusic belonged to every part of life. The flute of Kṛṣṇa, the vīṇā of Sarasvatī, the dance of Śiva, the Gāyatrī as cosmic chant or music of the spheres; the hymns of passionate adoration of the southern Śaivite, all these belong to the association of music and religion.
In addition to the art of music, Coomarasway lays great emphasis on the folk songs of agriculture and crafts. This music is serving to lighten heavy labour, such as the songs of husbandmen, carters and boatmen. Music remained too intimately associated with religion, with drama and with life, whether courtly or popular and was faithfully guarded by tradition.
Coomaraswamy was much against the harmonium and gramophone, when compared to stringed instruments; even the piano, he held, was an inferior instrument. Every time these mechanical instruments were used in place of man, the Indian musician was degraded, his living was taken from him and the group soul of Indian life injured. Among musical instruments, he gave pride of place to the vīṇā.
He firmly believed that the importance of music in education can hardly be overestimated. He bemoaned that foreign (English) education had paralysed the living impulses of lndians, and driven India to a state of social disintegration. He advocated that the restoration of Indian folk and art music to its proper place in Indian education would result in the understanding of the self-expression of India in her music.
THIRTY SONGS FROM THE PUNJAB AND KASHMIRISBN : 81-207-16639Edited By :PREMLATA SHARMA
(1994 xvi+177pp. int., notations, notes)
The songs published here were recorded by Mrs. Alice Coomaraswamy, who used the Indian name Ratan Devi professionally, with introduction and translation by Ananda Coomaraswamy and a foreword by Rabindranath Tagore.
Ratan Devi transcribed, with music and words, some of the songs -both classical and folk -she had learnt from her guru Ustad Abdul Rahim of Kapurthala…Read More
The thirty songs documented by her in staff notations are compositions of genres like dhrupad, khayāl, Ṭhumrī and dādrā, as well as folk-songs in Punjabi, Dogri, Kashmiri, etc., also Sūfi songs in Urdu, Persian and Kashmiri.
The present volume reproducing the above compilation as parts I and II contains a transcription of the staff notations into sā ri gā mā in Devanagari, a Hindi translation of the non-Hindi texts of songs and notes in Hindi and English on rāga, tāla and the text.
Available at:IGNCA, New Delhi.
VIDYAPATI PADAVALIISBN : 81-8-5120-50-1Edited By :Ananda K. Coomaraswamy and Arun Sen
(1994, 360 pp)
Vidyāpati Ṭhākur, one of the most renowned medieval Maithilī poets, composed the wreath of songs, the theme of which is the same as that of Gītagovinda the courtship of God and the soul, under the names of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. The story of love told in the poems is an allegorical representation of the yearning of the human soul for the Divine…Read More
The poetry of Vidyāpati arrested Coomaraswamy’s attention for translation, although translation was otherwise least of his callings. Perhaps he felt the need to convey through the English language the multi-layered symbolism of these seemingly simple verses revolving round the loves of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa
ART, AESTHETICS AND PHILOSOPHYISBN : 978-81-246-0764-0Edited By :S.G.KULKARNI & KAVITA CHAUHAN
The savants of the twentieth century have excavated the past to discerningly reveal the present. Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi and Ananda Coomaraswamy, among other, interpreted Indian aesthetics, civilization, culture and philosophy unearthing the Indian wisdom…Read Moreagainst the wrong interpretations and teachings of the Western colonial scholars. This volume, a collection of papers presented at a national seminar on the Philosophy of Ananda Coomaraswamy held in February 2011, approaches Commaraswamy’s philosophy on Indian aesthetics, life and religion from different perspectives.