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Orissan History, Culture and Archaeology
In Felicitation of Prof. P.K. Mishra
Editor : Sadasiba Pradhan,
Binding : Hardbound
10 Digit ISBN : 8124601178
13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601174
Edition : 2nd Impression
Year : 2010
Pages : xix, 477 p.
Bibliographic Details : 4 Maps; 2 Folded tables; 14 Colour illustrations; 33 B/w photographs; Index
Size : 25 cm
Weight (approx.) : 1500 gm
Price : $ 51

About The Book

Lying on India's eastern coast, Orissa is the legendary old-world Kalinga. Which, conquered by Ashoka, metamorphosed this 'terrible' triumphant emperor into a 'compassionate', remorse-stricken votary of the Buddhist faith. Today as ever before, Orissa not just has its share in India's glorious cultural heritage, but epitomizes its architectural marvels and at once fascinating sculptures, including the erotic figurines frozen in stone. And these are best reflected in Orissa's profusely sculptured temples, like the Sun-god's at Konark, Lord Jagannath's at Puri, and Lingaraja's at Bhubaneshwar; besides the Jaina/Buddhist rock-cut caves of Khandagiri, Udayagiri and Dhauli.

This felicitation volume, occasioned by Professor Mishra's retirement, in 1997, from the University of Sambalpur, captures the changing contours of Orissa's society, economy, religions, cultural life, and art expressions: from the earliest times to almost the present day. In 29 essays, each authored by an area specialist, the volume embraces diverse specificities from every epoch of Orissan history, focussing notably on its prehistoric painted rock shelters, archaeological remains, ancient maritime activities, major and minor religions, Vaisnavite sculptures, stellate temples, development of education and, besides these, its various tribal, revolutionary and socio-religious reform movements during the colonial rule.

Professor P.K. Mishra, (born: 19 Jan. 1937), is a distinguished Orissan historiographer, extensively published author, and scholar with wide-ranging specialized interests. Recipient of two prestigious Senior National Fellowships (of ICHR and UGC), he has also surveyed and documented the monuments in Upper Mahanadi Valley -- on a Ford Foundation Project.

Book Contents

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List of Illustrations


1. Neolithic and Post-Neolithic Cultures of Orissa : An Overview

-- Kishor K. Basa

2. Chalcolithic Culture of Orissa

-- S. Pradhan

3. Painted Rock-Shelters of Orissa

-- S. Pradhan

4. Orissa During the Gupta Age

-- G.S. Patel

5. Archaeological Investigation on the Coast of Cilika Lake, Orissa

-- P.K. Mohanty, Jitu Mishra

-- Kishore K. Basa, G.L. Badam

6. Maritime Activities of the Kalingas : The New Light Thrown by the Excavations at Khalkatapatna

-- B. K. Sinha

7. Archaeological Remains of South Orissa : Jain Temple of Subei

-- S.K. Panda

8. Society in Medieval Orissa: ad 600-950

-- Satyabati Pradhan

9. The Bhanjas of Khinjali Mandala

-- Jadumani Mahapatra

10. Major Religions of Orissa : A Review

-- K.C. Mishra

11. Minor Religious Sects of Orissa

-- B. Pradhan

12. Vishnu-Worship in Orissa

-- Sushil Kumar Patel

13. Sun Worship in Orissa

-- S. Bedbak

14. The Reclining Images of Vishnu: A Study

-- P.K. Nayak

15. Caurasi Plate of Shivakaradeva: A New Look

-- S.K. Acharya

16. Stellate Temples of Orissa

-- J.K. Patnaik

17. Radha and Her Contour in Orissan Culture

-- Baba Mishra

18. Decline of the Northern Orissan Ports

-- H.C. Panda

19. Orissan Culture in Transit : Indo-Thai Relations

-- P.P. Mishra

20. British Ring-Fence Policy Towards the State of Mayurbhanj

-- D. Kabi

21. British Impact on Orissa in the Nineteenth Century

-- A. Swain

22. Tribal Movements in Orissa during the British Rule

-- A. Das

23. Socio-Religious Reform Movements in Orissa in the Nineteenth Century

-- Mamata Bisoi

24. Collegiate Education in Orissa during the Nineteenth Century

-- A.K. Patel

25. Language Crisis in Sambalpur, 1895-1903

-- A.K. Mishra

26. The Indian Revolutionary Movement in the Twenties and its Perception of Violence

-- A.K. Patnaik

27. Some Aspects of Socio-Economic History of Orissa, 1912-47

-- A.K. Kar

28. Contributions of Parlakhemundi Zamindari to the Literary Activities of Orissa

-- R.C. Misro

-- S.K. Dash

29. Development of Education in the Post-Independence Orissa

-- J.K. Samal

Coloured & B/w Illustrations

List of Contributors


Comment By Jitu Mishra
Appeared in PURATATTVA. DELHI, NO. 32, 2001-2002

Dr. S. Pradhan’s edited volume on Orissa is outstanding since first for the time the articles project Orissa’s archaeological records, various aspects of history, both ancient and modern periods, besides religions, education, etc. Beginning with a rich tribute to Prof. P. K. Misra, to whom the volume is dedicated, it has twenty-nine well-researched papers, authored by eminent scholars, majority of whom have received their doctoral degrees under Prof. P. K. Misra.

The volume is divided chronologically. The first seven chapters deal with the various facets of archaeological records, ranging from prehistory to rock-art, and state formation to maritime heritage. Another interesting piece is about the Jaina heritage of southern Orissa, of which little was known earlier. The archaeological section is followed by the political, social and religious sects of medieval Orissa, covering major and minor religions, Sun and Vishnu worship, etc. An interesting paper is on stellate temples of Orissa. At the end some papers are devoted to modern history.

To sum up, the volume is undoubtedly a significant contribution to Orissan study in particular and India in general. Neatly printed in good quality paper, with colour and black-and-white plates and maps, illustrations, the volume can be easily recommended for scholars evincing interest in the fascinating past of Orissa.

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