CONCEPT OF SPACEISBN : 81-7017-252-7Edited By :KAPILA VATSYAYAN,Distributor: Abhinav Publications, New Delhi.
(1991 xxiv+665 pp., line drawings, col and b&w illus.,)
A seminar was held in New Delhi in November 1986 to explore the concepts of Space through diverse civilizations, ancient and modern disciplines – religion, art and architecture….Read MoreParallel and close affinities between ancient speculation and modern science was discovered and a stimulating dialogue was initiated among eminent physicists, astronomers, philosophers and scholars of comparative religion, art, architecture, literature, music, dance on the fascinating topic of Space. The volume includes papers submitted by delegates drawn from twenty-four countries. These include towering personalities such as Stella Kramrisch, Annemarie Schimmel, R. Panikkar, Raja Ramanna, B. Geza, Mani Kaul, Allegra Fuller Snyder and others. Each article opens up a new vista of exploration of a concept which has preoccupied the mind of man from the beginning of civilization.
The volume breaks fresh ground in the field of interdisciplinary studies and will be invaluable to all those who are concerned with the inner life of reflection and the outer life of movement and action. The interrelation of the two and the theme of wholeness are the unity underlying the multifaceted articles included in the volume.
THE AGAMIC TRADITION AND THE ARTS VOL. 3ISBN : ISBN: 81-246-0039-2Edited By :BETTINA BAUMERRs.600.00
This volume examines systematically the manifestation of the elements in the Indian arts and their Āgamic background. From the different vantage points of the architect, sculptor,…Read Morepainter, musician and dancer the field is reopened here to discern the structure of the arts at its primal level. Experiences of the transformation of the gross to the subtle and the theories of aesthetic and cultural ecology emerge from such a captivating view-point.[expand title=”View Book”]
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VEDIC, BUDDHIST AND JAIN TRADITIONS VOL. 2ISBN : ISBN: 81-246-0038-4Edited By :SAMPAT NARAYANRs.600.00
The second volume in the series on Prakṛti centres on the texts, probing deep into the Vedic rituals, Upaniṣadic philosophies and Jyotiṣa Śāstra….Read MoreThere is a prodigious consideration of the concept of mahābhūtas in Buddhism and Jainism. It also brings forth the many convergences and divergences of the viewpoints between and amongst these different streams of Indian thought.[expand title=”View Book”]
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ANCIENT CITIES, SACRED SKIES: COSMIC GEOMETRIES AND CITY PLANNING IN ANCIENT INDIAISBN : 81-7305-189-5Edited By :MCKIM and L. M. GUJRAL , Distributor: Aryan Books International, New Delhi -2
(2000, xii+138pp., line drawings, b&w plates, gloss. index)
The seven technical papers presented here in this volume endeavour to re-create as fully as possible the mind-scape of the people as it effected the structures of their cities……Read MoreThe cities and landscapes described cover a time span of over 4,500 years from the Harappan city of Dholavira to the great empire of Vijayanagara kings. It also talks about the architects who designed some of the cosmic geometries of these cities
It is hoped that this interdisciplinary study of the subject will facilitate a deeper comprehension of the relationship of the physio-cultural, economic dimensions and the planning and organization of specific territory.
BHAGAT BANI IN SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB: SHABAD AND ITS RESONANCEISBN :Edited By :J.S. NEKI, S.S. NOOR, MOLLY KAUSHAL ,Distributor: B. K. Offset, Delhi - 32
(2008, 126pp., Introduction, Preface,)
This book is an outcome of the seminar jointly organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Punjabi Academy, Delhi in December, 2006 on “Confluence of Traditions: Bhagat Bānī in Śrī Guru Granth Sahib”. ….Read MoreThe IGNCA, since its very inception has been conducting research and documenting musical heritage of diverse communities of India under its Ādi Śravya (primal sound) programme of the Janapada Sampada Division. The focus of the Ādi Śravya programme is on the chanted, sung and recited word. The bānī of gurus and saints contained in Śrī Guru Granth Sāhib provides a unique and distinct experience of this sacred Śabda. Folk, devotional and classical music has flourished side by side in Punjab for centuries. Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam, the dominant religious faiths of Punjab, each have their distinct music repertoires, linked to a specific setting; spiritual and aesthetic needs. The four divisions of Punjabi’s musical repertoire Sūfiānā Qalām, Qawwśli, gurmat saṅgīt and bhakti saṅgīt – are rooted in specific spiritual experience.
CONCEPT OF TIMEISBN : 81-207-1644-2, Rs 1250(HB)Edited By :KAPILA VATSYAYANRs.1,250.00
The volume comprises a selection of fifty four papers presented at the seminar held in November 1990 at IGNCA where over sixty delegates from twelve countries and a dozen disciplines were engaged in profound and meaningful dialogue for six….Read Moredays. Each paper brings a penetrating insight into this all permeating and pervading preoccupation of man since the dawn of awareness of his being and becoming. The papers are grouped into eight sections: (l)Time: Concept, (2) Time: The Philosophic Discourse, (3) Time: Geological and Biological, (4) Time: Social and Cultural, (5) Time: Ritual, (6) Time: Response of the Arts, (7) Time: Consciousness, and (8) Time: Transcendence and Immanence
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D. P. Agrawal
G. C. Pande
P. M. Bhargava
M. A. Lakshmithathachar
Singh Preter Malekin
Meers Aster Patel
S. C. Malik
J. M. Malville
T. S. Maxwell
Jr. S. Rinpoche
H. H. The Dalai Lama
Michael W. Meister
B. N. Saraswati
D. F. Miller
C. V. Seshadri
M. A. Dhaki
P. K. Mukhopadhyay
Prem Lata Sharma
G. H. Muller
S. H. Nasr
G. D. Sontheimer
Irene J. Winter
FOLKLORE, PUBLIC SPHERE AND CIVIL SOCIETYISBN : 81-901481-4-1Edited By :M.D. MUTHUKUMARASWAMY and MOLLY KAUSHAL ,Distributor: National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai.
The discipline of folklore has always addressed the travel of folklore by consistently paying attention to several versions of the same texts and by offering meticulous sociological accounts for their existence. ….Read MoreThe philosophical premise of acknowledging versions even when they are contradictory lends itself, by expansion, to a vision of a multitude of public spheres inside a civil society. The emerging vision of society is one of polyphonic concert punctuated by recognizable gestures. What we see is a “performing society” that generates public opinion not necessarily through rational verbal arguments and dialogues but also through gestures, genres, frames, versions, performances, stories, narratives and codes.
It is precisely in this context that folklore studies reveal how communities break hierarchies, articulate aspirations that are political and otherwise, constitute new identities, establish inter-cultural contacts and undergo changes through cultural borrowings. As identities are constantly created and recreated, what we encounter through folklore is a complex cultural phenomenon not necessarily rational but in alignment with the logic of the cultures concerned. Such processes do create and influence public opinion.
This collection of papers presented in a symposium ogranized in New Delhi in 2002 aligns three sociological categories – folklore, public sphere and civil society in relation to each other in order to capture social and cultural dynamics.
KUMARAJIVA : PHILOSOOPHER AND SEERISBN : 13 : 978-93-80935-61-4Edited By :SHASHI BALA ,Distributor: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi-15.
MAN IN NATURE VOL. 5ISBN : 81-246-0041-4Edited By :BAIDYANATH SARASWATIRs.600.00
The fifth volume on Man in Nature is a coming together of cultures and disciplines. Enchanting in their own way, the international community of scientists, philosophers, anthropologists, ecologists and artists,…Read Moreshare in this volume the myths and cosmology of their respective societies and cultures. There emerges a most meaningful dialogue between those who live with the myths of primordial elements and those who have modified the tools of science to investigate the nature of matter.
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PILGRIMAGE : SACRED LANDSCAPES AND SELF-ORGANIZED COMPLEXITYISBN : 13-10:978-81-246-0454-0, 81-246-0454-1Edited By :JOHN MCKIM MALVILLE and BAIDYANATH SARASWATI ,Distributor: D.K. Printworld, New Delhi.
Pilgrimage involves movement of people, either as individuals or as members of a group in search of the sacred. Pilgrimages may start with individual ecstatic visions, unusual strange unworldly experiences, which are the experiences of “ordinary” people, certainly not of priests or politicians ….Read More. Often they are uniquely human experiences which embarass ecclesiastical authorities. As a pilgrimage tradition evolves, sacred sites may become formalized in organized socio-political systems with economic overtone. Even in these structured situations, individual people may still have powerful individual experiences. Eventually a pilgrimage tradition may be taken over by religious and political authorities, lose spontaneity, and become frozen in time. But even in these situations, in which large numbers of people may gather, there is a tremendous amount of “primal” energy in which innovations and visions may be evoked.
Using case-studies from pilgrimages around the world, the volume explores the ways many of these traditions have started and evolved. A common perspective is that of self-organization of complex structures in space and time.
The variety of pilgrimage described in the book is remarkable. The subcontinent of India is the location of many sites such as the temples to the nine planets in Tamil Nadu, the pilgrimage circuits of Varanasi, early Buddhist pilgrimages in Sāñcī and Bodh-Gayā, the great ruined city of Vijayanagara, those associated with the Riimiiya1Ja, and the death ceremonies at Gayā. Beyond India, the self-organization and stability of pilgrimage systems are analysed for pilgrimages in Nepal (Kathmandu), Japan, Mexico, the Caribbean, Peru, Norway, and the US.