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Lost Shangri La

Glimpses of Ancient Kashmir

The Land of Kashmir, celebrated as paradise on earth for its scenic beauty, has an equally enchanting historical and cultural past: this is the place symbolising India's cultural unity, where different cultures have prosper ....read below

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The Land of Kashmir, celebrated as paradise on earth for its scenic beauty, has an equally enchanting historical and cultural past: this is the place symbolising India's cultural unity, where different cultures have prospered at different times, where scholars from all over India and the distant lands of Mesopotamia, Persia and China converged to imbibe learning in ancient times.

The author, S. Sapru here unravels the glorious past of Kashmir; he discusses its importance as the centre of Sanskrit learning in the bygone eras; its achievements in music, dance, drama, sculpture, language and literature, and philosophy -- marked by the artistic and literary contributions of eminent men like Jayaditta, Bhatta, Jayadhara, Pingala and Abhinavagupta. Referring to various historical works and combining facts with legend, folklore and impressions from oral traditions, he presents a graphic picture of life and times in the valley in the past that deals with a range of themes like the land's mythology, statecraft, trade links, urban centres, tax system, system of crime and punishment and an ancient tourist's impressions of the valley. Through a smooth-flowing narrative that makes the book extremely readable, the author points out that there is more to Kashmir than the present-day spate of violence; the land and its people have an essential 'Indianness' common to other people of India and Kashmir's links with the rest of India cannot be severed.

  • Foreword By : M.V. Kamath
  • Binding: : Paperback
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921173
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921176
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2001
  • Pages : x, 174 p.
  • Size : 22
  • Weight (approx.) : 350
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index

Foreword 
Preface

1. The Killing Fields of Kashmir 
2. Beauty and Violence 
3. Looking Closely at the Head
4. A Seat of Ancient Learning  
5. Where did the Kashmiris Come From ? 
6. A Symbol of India's Cultural Unity 
7. Centres of Excellence 
8. Their Literary and Artistic Achievements 
9. Aesthetics -- The Fragrance of Life 
10. Folklore is the Spice of Life 
11. Manmadhan's Arrows don't Spare Even Kings 
12. Will Manmadhan Fail ? 
13. Fine Arts Need no Frontiers 
14. If Music be the Food of Love, Then Play on 
15. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words 
16. Etched in Stone, they sing silently 
17. The Arrow that Boomeranged 
18. A Wedding at Mount Kailash 
19. Narada -- Scribe Extraordinary 
20. Rationalising the Rituals 
21. The Thread that Joins us Together 
22. Celebrating What, When and Why? 
23. Valley and the Empire 
24. Is Civilisation Only Urban? 
25. An Anciet Tourist's Impressions 
26. Enter the Dragon 
27. Trust in God, She will Provide 
28. The Nuts and Bolts of Statecraft 
29. Timeless Wonders, our Villages 
30. Manning the Ramparts 
31. The Curse of Taxes 
32. Whose Money is it Anyway? 
33. Trade Links Across the World 
34. Crime, Justice and Punishment 
35. The Generation Gap (Indian Style) 
36. Kashmir Shaivism and the Southern Link 
37. Spreading the Buddha's Gospel : The India-China Link 

Bibliography 
Index
  

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