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Cultural Interface of India with Asia

Religion, Art and Architecture

The reality of the Indian presence in Asian cultures is undeniable. Recent scholarship in the field of Asian cultural studies has laid much stress on the essential oneness of the substratum that defines what may be termed as below

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The reality of the Indian presence in Asian cultures is undeniable. Recent scholarship in the field of Asian cultural studies has laid much stress on the essential oneness of the substratum that defines what may be termed as an Asian identity. Buddhism and Hinduism, having originated in India, travelled beyond the frontiers of the land of their origin, and in many ways, moulded the beliefs and faith of the people of Asia. Trade, political ambitions, and religious pursuits led to a dissemination of Indian 'ideas' and 'forms' across Asia. In each area of Indian influence, the assimilation of Indian traditions with indigenous practices led to the development of a new idiom of expression with a distinctive localized identity.


This collection of scholarly papers focuses on the centrality of the Indian contribution to Asian cultures and brings under one rubric, the views of experts from India, Nepal, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, Belgium, Bulgaria, and the United Kingdom. Such an international representation, the consequence of a Seminar held in the National Museum Institute in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, is unique not only in providing the Indian point of view but also in revealing Eurasian perspectives on the subject of India's pivotal role in defining the Asian cultural matrix.

  • Foreword By : R.D. Choudhury
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602621
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460262X
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2004
  • Pages : xxiii, 412p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 9 Maps; 80 pages of Colour & B/w photographs; Index
  • Size : 29 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 1800 gm


-- R.D. Choudhury

Introduction: The Indian Presence in the Cultural Matrix of Asia

-- Anupa Pande & Parul Pandya Dhar

Section I: Beyond Narrow Frontiers
Across the Asian Continent

1. Interface of India with other Asian Lands

-- Lokesh Chandra

2. Reflections in Bronze

-- Nandana Chutiwongs

3. The Buddhist Goddess Vasundhara

-- Michaela Appel

4. Maitreya on the Silk Route

-- V.C. Srivastava

5. Ancient Indian Artist Beyond Narrow Frontiers

-- R.N. Misra

6. Spread of Buddhism in Mongolia

-- Enkhbayar Byambanorov

7. Early Indian Buddhist Contribution to the Jade Art of Central Asia

-- M.L. Nigam

Section II: Dialogue with Neighbouring Countries
Cultural Interface with other South Asian Countries

8. A Sri Lankan Tradition of Hindu Sculpture

-- Sirinimal Lakdusinghe

9. Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient Sri Lanka

-- Roland Silva

10. Mahinda's Contribution to the Introduction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka

-- Ravindra Panth

11. Cultural Interface of India with Sri Lanka

-- Choodamani Nandagopal

12. Overview of Cultural Links between India and Tibet

-- Jampa Samten

13. Indian Influence on Nepalese Art

-- Bharat Rawat

14. Buddhism and Tribal Art in Northeastern India

-- A.K. Das

Section III: Carrying the Tradition Forward
Cultural Interface with Southeast Asian Regions

15. South Indian Buddhism and its Southeast Asian Legacy

-- John Guy

16. The Angkorian Art of the Style of Bayon and the Meaning of the Face Towers

-- Sachchidanand Sahai

17. From Kavya Alamkara to the Javanese Kagunan Basa

-- Edi Sedyawadi

18. Some Reflections on the Buddhist Art & Architecture of Indonesia

-- Timbul Haryono

19. Cultural Links between Thailand and India

-- Nongluksana Thepsawasdi

20. Trailokyavijaya & Vajrasattva: Prominent Vajrayana Buddhist Deities of Vimaya, Nakonratchsima Province, Thailand

-- Chirapat Prapandavidya

21. Dvaravati: Early Buddhist Kingdom in Central Thailand

-- Phasook Indrawooth

22. Early Buddhist Metal Images of South and Southeast Asia

-- D.P. Sharma

23. Contribution of Magadha to the Art & Archiecture of Southeast Asia

-- C.P. Sinha

24. Malay Royalty & Sanskrit: A Symbol of Indian Cultural Assimilation

-- Madhu Sharma

25. Pagodas in Vietnam: A Study in Architectural Development

-- Bachchan Kumar

Section IV: The Farthest Post
Cultural Interface with East Asian Regions

26. Sukhavati in Three Dimensions: Popular Temple Architecture in Medieval Japan

-- Ineke Van Put

27. Amitabha: The Buddha of Immeasurable Light in Japanese Art

-- Shashibala

28. Goddess Saraswati and Benzai-ten

-- K. Sankaranarayanan

29. Xie He's Six Rules and Buddhist Iconometry

-- Charles Willemen

30. The Discovery of a New Centre where Xuan Zang Translated Sanskrit Texts into Chinese

-- Bai Li Chang

31. A New Interpretation of Flying Deities in Dun Huang, China

-- Ai Lian Bai

32. The Impact of Indian Art in China after the Advent of Buddhism

-- Abolghasem Dadvar

33. Shravasti in the East: The Idea and Image of India in an Ancient Korean Buddhist Capital

-- Juhyung Rhi

34. Indian traces in Korean Buddhism

-- H. Alexander Fedotoff

35. Influence of Tibetan Buddhism and theravadi Buddhism from the Neighbouring Countries in Northeast India

-- R.D. Choudhury

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