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Interaction Between Brahmanical and Buddhist Art

by: Ramesh Chandra Sharma

The present volume is an outcome of the expert discussion on the theories of Brahmanism and Buddhism, in an International meet at Jnana-Pravaha. Philosophical and artistic interaction between the two have been brilliantly discussed with references to famous places as well as texts to unravel basic principles.



ISBN: 9788124602645
Year Of Publication: 2004
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvii, 228
Bibliographic Details : 108 B/w photographs; 7 Line-drawings; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 800


Brahmanism and Buddhism adopted symbol and image worship almost simultaneously in the pre and early centuries of the Christian era. With the passage of time, the forms and plethora evolved and despite several distinctive features common elements between the two religions continue and fructified. The fact is revealed both at the philosophical and artistic levels. The present volume is the outcome of the well discussed theories by the experts, assembled in an International meet on the subject in the second week of February 2003 at Jnana-Pravaha, Varanasi, organized in the joint collaboration of Acharya Narendra Dev International Research Institute for Buddhist Studies, Lucknow. The book incorporates a good number of papers dealing with philosophical and artistic interaction between Brahmanism and Buddhism for more than a millennium years. The interaction was largely peaceful but there were certain phases in the Medieval period when clash also surfaced. It was most profound in the region of art and architecture, as a result of which some similarities as well as unique features between the two had emerged. All these aspects have been brilliantly discussed and specific references to famous places associated with Brahmanical and Buddhist arts in Asia as well as textual references to unravel basic iconographical principles have been adequately reflected in the present volume. The book besides being useful to scholars and students researching on ancient Indian art and architecture would appeal to general readers interested to know more about India’s glorious art traditions.


List of Illustrations
1. Introduction
— R.C. Sharma
2. Buddha in Brahmanical Art and Architecture
— N.P. Joshi
3. Interactive Ultimat in the Brahmanical and Buddhist Art
— G.B. Deglurkar
4. Common Heritage of an Interaction between Buddhist and Brahmanical Art and Iconography
— K.K. Thaplyal
5. Influence of Naga Worship in Buddhist Art
— Yogendra Singh
6. Some Glimpses of Interaction between Brahmanical and Buddhist Art
— Amar Singh
7. Some Common Symbols and Motifs in Buddhist and Brahmanical Art
— S.B. Singh
8. A Brahmanical Episode of Buddhist Art in Mathura
— S.D. Trivedi
9. Interaction between Buddhist and Brahmanical Images in the Sarnath Museum
— Niharika & Ajay Srivastava
10. Buddhist and Hindu Art — A Comparison
— R. Nagaswamy
11. Interaction between Buddhist and Brahmanical Art in Orissa
— H.C. Das
12. In Quest of Shiva-Buddha Cult
— T.K. Biswas
13. Vasudeva-Vishnu-Padmapani and Avalokiteshvara-Shiva
— G. Bhattacharya
14. Concept and Iconography of Buddhist Goddess Parnashabari
— Kamal Giri & M.N.P. Tiwari
15. Exchange of Formal Concepts between Buddhist and Brahmanical Pancayatana Complexes
— Falk Reitz
16. Interaction between Buddhist and Brahmanical Art — Evidence from Bengal
— Enamul Haque
17. Surya-Candramandalas in the Art of Nepal
— Gerd J.R. Mevissen
18. The Bhagavad Purana and Later Descriptions of Buddhist Hell
— Ineke Van Put
19. Xie He’s “Liu Fa (Six Rules of Art)” and Buddhist Painting
— Charles Willemen
20. Interaction between Buddhist Buddhist and Brahmanical Art — In the Far Eastern Perspective
— Preety A. Trivedi
List of Contributors

Meet the Author
Dr. R.C. Sharma, educated and trained at Varanasi, Calcutta, and Paris, is the Director General of the National Museum and Vice-Chairman/Vice-Chancellor of the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. He is also the Chairman of the Vrindaban Research Institute and President, Museums Association of India, an apex professional body in India. He has been the Curator, Government Museum, Mathura; Director, State Museum, Lucknow; and Director, Indian Museum, Calcutta; He has also been associated with a number of central and state organisations and universities in different capacities. Dr. Sharma, the author of several books, catalogues and albums, made enormous contribution in the field of Indian history, art, culture, archaeology, inscriptions, paintings & literature and has also edited research journals on these subjects. He is the research guide and examiner of doctoral dissertations of different universities. Dr. Sharma has organised and participated in numerous national and international seminars, delivered prestigious memorial lectures and has travelled to different parts of the world in connection with conferences, cultural delegations, lectures and mounting of important exhibitions.