8th century A.D. has been the era of recordings. Many Hindu temples, dedicated mostly to The Sun God, depicts erotic figurines on the walls and surfaces of temples. The architecture of these temples is followed and highlighted in the temple complexes of Khajuraho built in a time gap of 100 years between 950 A.D-1050 A.D by the kings of Chandella dynasty. Khajuraho architecture reflects the tantric cult followed during those times similar to the Vajrayana Buddhism, Jainism, Chandali yoga tantra, Tantraraja tantra etc. The artistic culture of Khajuraho reflects more of the local tribal traditions and lifestyles in contrast to the conventional temple architecture of India. Many authors tried to identify the true motive behind this erotic architecture and ended up explaining it from a philosophical point of view, but the true meaning of this iconography could be otherwise.
Anthology of Significant Events in Indian Modern Art and Socio-Cultural History is designed as
a career-oriented educational book that includes prominent as well as less known, yet relevant
socio-cultural events of modern Indian history. This book is particularly useful for faculty and
students of art and culture, research scholars and individuals preparing for competitive exams at
State and Union level in India. The book can be a valuable addition to the collection of any art,
culture, and history enthusiast.
The authors have endeavored to keep the content succinct and brief, to maintain the focus on
context of events and the related dates and places. The broad subjects covered are Fine Arts,
Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, Sculpture, Theatre, Architecture, Photography, Cinema, and
This anthology offers a comprehensive understanding of events beginning from the colonial era
in 1850 and until 2015.
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concepts, events and struggles of great leaders are the salient features of the Indian National
Movement. The duration of which has been influencing Indian public life from 1885 to 1947.
A description of India’s liberal, extremist and Gandhian age has been included in this book.”
Beyond the classification of the Indian iconography some sculptures are not properly accounted and neglected as unimportance. That insisted the Author to
reflect in “The Unknown Iconography of India”. The Author has broken the barrier of the
Neolithic era and has crossed the line yonder that. Out of four classification of
iconography the Author has created a new classification of iconography as the Ancient
Iconography of India by including Ekapāda Bhairava of Bhairon Pāhād of Ghudar in the
district of Balangir, Odisha and the iconography of Lord Jagannath of Puri, Odisha and
have fixed the date circa C. 9000 B.C.-7000 B.C.; may be much more back to the era of
Rāmāyana. Ekapāda Bhairava of Bhairon Pāhād is the only and unique Ekapāda Bhairava
sculpture of India where Bhairon Pāhād was an epicenter of the Tantric rituals. “The
Unknown Iconography of India” shall compel the scholars to think over for its