Monday, 15 September 2014

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The Lallgarh Palace, (1/e): Home of The Maharajas of Bikaner by Princess Rajyashree Kumari of Bikaner from Dev Books.

This book evokes the romance of the rugged desert kingdom of Bikaner and its royal family. In the midst of the large and mysterious sands of the Thar Desert rises the imposing beauty of the Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner. Stories whispered by the wind as it frolicked and raged over the long caravans that crawled across this mighty desert, have been caught and penned by Princess Rajyashree Kumari. Built in 1902 by architect Sir Swinton Jacob as residence for Maharaja Ganga Singh, Lallgarh Palace is one of the best examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture amalgamating the best of Rajput, Muslim and European styles.

Built by local craftsmen in Dulmera red sandstone, its carved arches display the mystery of the local artisans. This book is enchanting tale by princess of her royal family as they lived and played over five generations in the backdrop of the imposing beauty of Lallgarh Palace. In this intriguing story of a princess, Rajyashree recounts her life growing up in the Palace and unfolds episodes from the lives of the great Maharajas in her family.

Now converted into a luxury Heritage Hotel, her story holds you spellbound as you relive the days when the grand courtyards and imposing lawns rang with the pomp and pageantry of royal durbars. The magnificence of the gilded age of the Maharajas, the sheer luxury and laughter of its resplendent visitors, men from the pages of history, Lord Curzon, its first visitor, King George V, Lord Mountbatten all come alive as she accounts their visit bringing it to present-day visitor. The secrets and mysteries of the house of Bikaner long since buried in the shifting sand dunes are brought to life by Princess Rajyashree Kumari, who has actually lived them.

In our Art and Architecture section, Rs. 1950, in hardback, 184 pages, ISBN : 9788190618670

Archeology of Early Buddhism by Lars Fogelin from Dev Books.

Lars Fogelin draws on historical accounts, religious documents, inscriptions, and the results of his systematic archaeological survey of Thotlakonda Monastery in southern India to examine Early Buddhist monastic life. He discovers a tension between the desired isolation of the monastery and the mutual engagement with neighbors in the Early Historic Period.

He also sketches how religious architecture and the use of landscape helped to structure these relationships. Fogelin’s work sheds new light on the ritual and material workings of Early in this region and shows how archaeology can contribute to our understanding of religious practice.

In our Archaeology section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 242 pages, ISBN : 9788192075280, Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only

Natyasastra And The Indian Dramatic Tradition (Samiksika Series-3), (1/e) by Radhavallabh Tripathi from Dev Books.

The National Mission for Manuscripts was established in February 2003 by the Ministry of Culture. Its purpose is to locate, document, preserve and disseminate the knowledge content of Indian manuscripts. While looking ahead to reconnect with the knowledge of the past, the Mission is in the process of trying to re-contextualize the knowledge contained in manuscripts for the present and the future generations. The Mission organizes seminars on various subjects related to Indian Knowledge in different locations of India.

The papers presented in the seminar are collected and brought out under the Samiksika series. In 2007, the Mission organized a seminar on “Natyasastra and the Indian Dramatic Tradition” in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. The seminar dealt with various aspects as well as related topics of India’s dramatic tradition starting from Bharata’s Natyasastra. The Seminar gave ample opportunity to the experts in the field on dramaturgy to put forth the outcome of their research on manuscripts of Indian drama and allied subject matter.

In our History section, Rs. 450, in hardback, 340 pages, ISBN : 9789380829111

Narrative Art In The Mahabharata, (1/e): The Adi Parva by Pradip Bhattacharyafrom Dev Books.

The study analyses the baffling nebulous mass of material with which the epic begins, bringing out the central theme of each of the sub-parvas to provide insights into the Vyasan Vision and the Master’s mastery of his epic art. 

It helps the reader to understand the intricate web of inter-connections of events and characters so that a clear, logical and intelligible picture emerges of the very involved and confused panorama of the Mahabharata. 

Parallels from comparative mythology and literature enrich the study and there is a continuous concern to highlight the agency of women throughout the epic.

In our Religion section, Rs. 1195, in hardback, 404 pages, ISBN : 9789381406014

Hindu Tradition of Pilgrimage, (1/e): Sacred Space & System by Rana P. B. Singh And foreword by Robert H. Stoddard from Dev Books.

This book, consisting of ten essays, and annotated list of important 108 pilgrimage places, deals with deeper awareness and understanding of the complexities and subtleties of pilgrimage in the contexts of the mythology, history, system, structure and functioning of Hindu pilgrimages and Sacred Space in India, and illustrated with case studies of Shaktipithas, Chitrakut, Varanasi, Gaya, Vindhyachal, Mathura, Kumbha Mela, while emphasising the textual traditions, historical outline, contemporary pilgrimage tourism, issues of contestations and seduction of history, sacred geometry and cosmic order, and use of SOC theory. This is the first full book of its kind and to be used as the major reference and text; and will open new directions of understanding in pilgrimage studies.

In our Culture section, Rs. 1275, in hardback, xiv+400 pages, ISBN : 9789381406250

Mewat, (1/e): Folklore, Memory, History by G. D. Gulati from Dev Books.

Geographical and culturally diverse country like India, regional studies have yet not got the attention

they deserve. Mewat: Folklore Memory History is an attempt to study the hitherto understudied research. Being near to the two capitals Delhi and Agra, the region comprises parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The people are known as ‘Mewatis’ who are scattered allover the country. Many of them are also settled outside India, in Pakistan particular.

The present work is a collection of different research articles mostly published in the journals of International recognition and attempt to illuminate some aspects of the life and conditions of the people of Mewat. The region though has played a signficant role in Indian History since the time of Mahabharta, the people have continued to suffer in the hands of the Hindu as well as Muslim rulers. They struggled for their survival throughout the centuries till the Khanzadas took over the reins of Mewat.

The Khanzadas played a very important role in the then politics of Delhi court during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and had become the king-makers at Delhi. They also fought against Babur, sided with Rana Sanga in the battle of Khanua under the leadership of Hasan Khan Mewati. Numerous buildings in the region stand mute witness to their cultural heritage. The Mewati played a significant role in the revolt of 1857 and were punished severely by the British. The author has provided a very well written survey of the region and raised certain questions to be re-considered in the context of contemporary debates.

In our Culture section, Rs. 750, in hardback, 256 pages, ISBN : 9789381406267

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