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Author: Pratapaditya Pal
Publisher: Marg Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185026513
This deluxe art book, cloth bound and dust jacketed, with 80 color and 90 B&W illustrations, is wide-ranging in scope, covering all periods and many forms of art. Apart from emphasizing the past, the essays focus on present artistic activities, traditional as well as modern.
The artistic traditions of Orissa are among the oldest and richest in the subcontinent. Recent archaeological fieldwork has revealed several sites from the Stone Age to the Early Historic period. The history of Buddhism in the region goes back to the time of Emperor Ashoka - 3rd century BCE - with a continuous art heritage up to the 13th century. Apart from sculpture and rock cut caves, Orissa developed a distinguished tradition of temple architecture. The Orissan genius has also been manifest in painting, crafts, and dance, including the varied tribal cultural expressions.
Despite such extraordinary achievements, no single volume provides an overview of the diverse contributions of generations of Orison artists. As the table of contents demonstrates, this book is wide-ranging in scope, covering all periods and many forms of art.
Introduction by Pratapaditya Pal
Early Historic Kalahandi by Pradeep Mohanty and Baba Mishra
The Buddhist Heritage by Debala Mitra
Bhubneswar Temple Town and Cultural Centre by Thomas Eugene Donaldson
Jajpur and Shakta Art by Thomas Eugene Donaldson
Conserving the Temple of Lord Jagannath by Gopal C Mohanty
Odissi: From Devasabha to Janasabha by Sunil Kothari
Traditional Painting by Eberhard Fischer and Dinanath Pathy
The Modern Art Movement by Gayatri Sinha
Tribal Art: Continuity and Change by Cornelia Mallebrein
Tribal Dances by Verrier Elwin