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Mekong-Ganga Axis

by: Pankaj Mittal , Ravi Bhushan , Daisy

India’s association with the South-East Asian countries, especially those on either side of the Mekong River, is well known. It analyses India’s past and present relationship in the domains of architecture, religious engagements, interculturality, syncretism of cultures, interliterariness, composite literary cultures, religious arts, trade associations, among others.

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ISBN: 9788124608197
Year Of Publication: 2015
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xxx, 378p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25
Weight: 900

Overview

India has a fascinating history of cultural relationship with South-East Asia, spanning across more than the last two millennia, mainly with the spread of Buddhism and Hinduism, deeply impacting the cultural, religious and social lives of people in countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The Hindu-Buddhist monuments in South-East Asia stand testimony of this peaceful and mutually beneficial interaction. The contents of this book — Mekong-Ganga Axis — centre around India’s association with most of the countries of the region, especially those on either side of the Mekong River.
Most of the South-East Asian countries were influenced by more than two foreign cultures, though they have an indigenous culture. The Chinese and Indian cultures had impacted them the most, in addition to the European influence. However, only India’s impact was peaceful and, to a great extent, non-political. This paved the way for many developments in architecture, religious engagements, interculturality, syncretism of cultures, inter-literariness, composite literary cultures, religious arts, trade relations and so on.
This book thus critically engages one to all these topics and more, and recalls India’s glorious relationship of the forgone era with these countries, showcasing somewhat a similar kind of cultural/religious affinity from South China to India. And two great rivers, Mekong and Ganga, are witness to it. It also reinstates the criticality of India to be engaged with these countries at present because of the compulsions of a globalized world.

Contents

Foreword — Asha Kadyan
Preface — Kapil Kapoor
Conference Rationale — Kapil Kapoor
Keynote Address — J.C. Sharma
Inaugural Address — Lord Diljit Rana
Acknowledgement — Editors
1. The Role of Classical Indian Theatre in Spreading the Cultural Influence of India to South-East Asia
– M. Krzysztof Byrski
2. Concepts for the Revival of Traditional Links between India and South-East-East Asia for Global Leadership
— Bal Ram Singh
3. Cultural Heritage of Champa Kingdom in Central Vietnam: Some Evidences of the Interaction of the Trade and the Religion between India and Vietnam in the Past
– Do Thu Ha
4. Colonial, Modern, or Traditional? How to Read the Indo-Saracenic Architecture of South and South-East Asia
– Hawon Ku
5. Cultural Relationship between India and South-East Asia
– Tran Phuoc Phuong Thao
6. Indian Trade Textiles for Thai Market
– Prapassorn Posrithong
7. Hindu–Buddhist Syncretism in the Trans-Himalaya and South-East Asia: An Attempt at a Comparative Study of Religious Literature of Tibet and Bali
– Alexander Zorin
8. Beyond the Horizon of Culture-Spectrum
– Kakali Ghoshal
9. Far from the Mother’s Womb
– Madhu Kapoor
10. Thailand and Karnataka
– G Kavyashree and P. Nagabhushanagoud
11. Global Ancient India and Suvarnabhumi (South-East Asia): A Historical Perspective
– Shiva G. Bajpai
12. The Interconnection between India and South-East Asia Especially Indonesia in Art, Culture and Architecture
– Komang Santhi Arsa
13. “Interculturality” in South Asia: With Special Reference to Dissemination of Ramakatha
– Avadhesh Kumar Singh
14. Syncretism of the Cultures of India with the Cultures of South and South-East Asia
– S. Ram Mohan
15. Understanding South Asia-South-East Asia Cultural Contacts: An Alternative Perspective
– T.S. Satyanath
16. Religious Art in Cambodia: Œaivism, Vaishnavism and Buddhism
– Rajnish Kumar Mishra
17. Buddhist Engagement in South-East Asia: A Case Study of Vietnam
– Anita Sharma
18. Shaivism in Ancient Cambodia as Revealed from Sdok Kak Thom Inscription
– Bachchan Kumar
19. Ramman Pattar Performance in the Central Himalaya and Its Parallels in the Balanese and Javanese Theatre
– D.R. Purohit
20. Reflection of Indian Culture in the Kambuja Empire of South-East Asia
– Swati Raikhy
21. Cultural Relationship between India and Thailand
– Shyam Sunder Sharma
22. Reinventing the Connectedness: Implications for India in Mainland South-East Asia
– Sarita Dash
23. Dakshini-Purvi Asia ke Deshon mein Ram ka Prabhava
– Pawan Kumar
24. Bharatiya Sanskriti Tatha Ramayana ka Thailand par Prabhava
– Manju Bala
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Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, M.Sc., Ph.D., is Vice-Chancellor, BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana. Having a wide-ranging experience of over two decades, Dr Mittal is a well-known persona in the realm of Higher Education. An awardee of Fulbright Nehru Seminar Grant for educational administrators, Dr Mittal is a member in many high-powered educational committees and professional bodies. She has presented numerous papers and published a number of articles on higher education and women empowerment in journals of international repute.
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Dr Ravi Bhushan, MA, Ph.D., teaches English at BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonepat, Haryana. He has presented thirty-five papers in national and international conferences (most of them published) and written four books, including a reference book on William Golding. He is on the Editorial Board of International Journal of English Linguistics, Canada. His areas of interest are ELT, Communication Skills and Orality.
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Dr Daisy, MA, M.Phil. (ELT), Ph.D. in English, is Associate Professor at BPSM Girls' College under BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonepat, Haryana. She is a bilingual poetess (in English and Hindi). Dr Daisy has published her poems in various anthologies and journals, and has published her own anthology of Hindi poems Aas. She has presented papers in many national and international forums and published twenty articles. She also has five books to her credit including a reference book on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. She is on the Editorial Board of the peer reviewed international research periodical: Journal of ELT & Poetry.
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