Expressions in Indian Art contains essays on art and architecture. Seventy-five articles in the volume cover various aspects of Indian art and architecture through the ages. Famous centers of art and architecture dealt with are Mohenjo-dara, Harappa, Chanhu-dara, Kalibangan, Dholavira, Banavali, Lothal, Amravati, Sanchi, Sanghol, Mathura, Sarnath, Deogarh, Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Mahasthan, Bangarh, Khajuraho, Bhubneswar, Kanchipuram, Badami, Ajanta, Udaipur, Sirpur, Modhera, Ramgarh, Gwalior-Chambal area, Bikaner, Kolkata, etc. geographically it covers vast areas.
Two volumes cover varied aspects and forms of art such as prehistoric rock-art, rock-paintings, rock engravings, bronze age seals and sealings, copper hoards, bass-relief, sculptures, colossal images, terracotta figuring, bronzes, coins, murals and miniature paintings excavated antiquities, folk-art, architecture, textiles, boat architecture, etc. Articles on scientific preservation, structural conservation and legislative provisions for the protection of the art heritage are also included.
With this great variety and with more than 300 illustrations this volume would be of great interest not only to archaeologists, artist, architects, art historians but also to every art lover, students and common readers.
About the Author:
Dr. Buddha Rashmi Mani, born 17 April 1955 (Gunhill, Mussoorie) in a family of patriots, academicians, administrators, is presently Director (Archaeology) in the Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath, New Delhi. he has had a meritorious academic record from High School to the University, always standing first class first. He got his Master's degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Banaras Hindu University in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1980 on 'Life in the Kushan Age'. He taught the subject in B.H.U. and at Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies, Sarnath in between 1978 and 1984 after which he joined the Archaeological Survey of India where he worked in various capacities of Group 'A' service in different circles and branches and directed more than a dozen significant archaeological excavations, such as at Lolkot, Salimgarh fort, Sankisa, Siswania, Kanishkapura, Ambaran and Ayodhya and also conserved a number of monuments in Goa, Maharashtra, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. He has been Director of the Institute of Archaeology (ASI), New Delhi. he has widely travelled and has represented the country in international conferences in Male, Tehran, Leicester, London etc. and has contributed two books, 'The Kushan Civilization' and 'Delhi: Threshold of the Orient' alongwith more than 100 research papers published in national and international journals.
Dr. Alok Tripathi, born in 1965 at Gwalior, obtained his Masters Degree in A.I.H.C. and Archaeology and Sociology from Jiwaji University, Gwalior and Doctor of Philosophy from M.S. University of Baroda. He has participated in archaeological excavations at Karbabhat and Sorar, Sopara, Paithan, Dholavira, Rakhigarhi and Ojiyana. He is a diver and has participated in underwater excavations at Dwarka in the Arabian Sea; Transquebar and Kaveripattnam in the Bay of Bengal; Calanque de I' Ann (France); La Pointe Lequin (France); Cala Culip VI (Spain) in the Mediterranean Sea and Saint Vaast La Hougue (France) in the English Channel. He is presently heading the Underwater Archaeology Wing of the Archaeological Survey of India. He is Director of excavation of a shipwreck Princes Royal off Bangaram Island and excavation at Elephanta Island, in the Arabian Sea and excavation at Mahabalipuram in the Bay of Bengal. He has visited France, Spain, Monaco, Denmark, U.K., Hong Kong, Macau SAR China and Nepal. He is the author of 'Excavation of Princes Royal', 'Recent Excavations in Rajasthan' and editor of 'Proceedings of the International Seminar on Marine Archaeology' and 'Remote Sensing and Archaeoogy'. Besides he has published more than 50 research papers in various reputed journals and other volumes.