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Symmetry and Proportion in Indian Vastu and Silpa

by Prof.(Mrs.) R. Vasantha and Dr.P. Purushotham Reddy

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This book tries to answer the question as to how the temples, churches, mosques etc. play a significant role in a society and why people build structures where they congregate to perform their religious practices, totally different from the shape of their usual residential buildings. This book attempts to explain how geometry (Indian) was employed as a method for mensuration and composition before the appearance of our present numerical decimal system in 6th century AD.

A brief explanation is also presented on how in conceptual terms of most forms of artistic expression in Indian civilization were found on the same ordering principle (balance, order, harmony), which was conceived as the basis of laws of creation. In total the aim of this book is to analyze the Symmetry and Proportion in Vastu and Silpa making use of the following steps.

Firstly, the book discusses the geometric analysis of sculptures with reference to space and time division and analyzes a few compositions belonging to different periods by subjecting their photographic replicas to the analysis, through the digital technique.

Secondly, investigates the Pentagonal and Hexagonal Symmetry related to organic and inorganic systems and applies the concept to different pieces of Art and Architecture.

Thirdly, the Golden Section theme is discussed and verified through the analysis of a few compositions. Lastly, the concept of dynamic symmetry in the harmonic analysis of architectural monuments is discussed in detail. The rationale of the book is to explore the fundamental technical principles, which reflect a holistic vision, typical of Indian-view.

About the Authors:

Dr. P. Purushotham Reddy works at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Anantapur.

Dr. (Mrs.) R. Vasantha has been working as Professor in the Department of History at Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, India since 1983. In 1995 she was selected as a DAAD fellow and was attached to the Orientalisches Seminar Albert-Ludwigs-Universittat, Freiburg, Germany. In 2000, she was a CWIT fellow and carried her research at The Institute for Advanced Studies in Art and Humanities, Edinburgh. In 1970-1973, she was an UGC fellow at the University of Mysore. She has been awarded Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, HRD, Government of India for the project, “Study of monuments and sculptures through the image technique-a new approach” 2001-2003. Among Prof. Vasantha’s most important publications are: The Narayana Svami Temple at Melkote-a Historical and Archaeological study (Government of Karnataka, 1992); Penugonda Fort-A Defence Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire-History, Art and Culture (Delhi 1999); Nava-Narasimha Temples at Ahobilam-A Sociological and Archaeological study (Tirupati, 2000); Islamic Architecture of Deccan (Co-author Dr. M.A. Mannan Basha).

 





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Title: Symmetry and Proportion in Indian Vastu and Silpa
Author(s): Prof.(Mrs.) R. Vasantha, Dr.P. Purushotham Reddy
ISBN: 8185616957
Year of Publication: 2004
Bibliographic Information: xiii,210.figs.,illus.,col.plans,Biblio.,Index,Ref.
Format: Hard Cover
Language: English
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