JaisalmerLife and Culture of the Indian Desert by: Oki Morihiro , Masatoshi A. Konishi , Kodai Konishi
This volume on the Golden City in Desert is focused on the history and life of the people of Jaisalmer, and their cultural, ethnic, religious, and social mores. This connoisseurs collection portrays how the Jaisalmeris celebrate their life in colour and the charm of the fort, palaces and temples as well.
Year Of Publication: 2013
Pages : vi, 154p.
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
This volume juxtaposes the history, culture, occupation and the lifestyle of people in the desert district of Jaisalmer of western Rajasthan, bordering Pakistan. Popularly called the Golden City in Desert, the city has much more to say beyond its popular fort and palaces. Jaisalmer was an old city of commercial magnitude for centuries till the onset of British rule in India. It was en route connecting the East and West in trade. It has now been transformed to a tourist destination, enticing people from India and abroad.
The book details its past glory, lost significance and the regained charm through centuries of developments. It also accounts for the brief history of Marwar, its rajas of valor, and their heroic struggle for existence and survival against foreign attacks. The picturesque portrayal of the fort, the people of Jaisalmer, their cultural, ethnic and religious mores, and the must see spots in the city are the quintessential focus of the book.
Moving away from the city life, the book also focuses on the village life, exploring the mysteries and charm of the desert life. It unearths the hidden charms and the warmth of village life in this desert region, alongwith a brief account of occupation of people around.
This connoisseur’s collection would motivate also researchers of ancient monuments and history, and enthuse tourists who would like to visit the Golden City in Desert.
History and Culture of Jaisalmer
The Golden City in Desert
* An Overview of Jaisalmer
* Rajasthan or Rajputana, the Land of the Rajputs
* Geographical Setting of Jaisalmer
* Historical Background of Jaisalmer
* Town Planning of the Fortified City
* Jaisalmer Fort, Citadel, Palaces and Temples
* Haveli The Typical Structure of Jaisalmer
* Some Important Places in and around Jaisalmer
* Jaisalmer as the Cultural Centre Religion,
Literature and Art
Village Life of the Thar Desert
* The Living Site
* Social Structure
* Religious Life
* Festivals and Fairs
* Diversity of Religion
* The World of Folk Art and Performances
* Changing Mode of Life
Plates by OKI Morihiro
Description of the Plates M.A. Konishi