SULTANS OF THE SOUTH: ARTS OF INDIA'S DECCAN COURTS, 1323-1687
Edited by Navina Najat Haidar and Marika Sardar
Book: Sultans of the South: Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323-1687, edited by Navina Najat Haidar and Marika Sardar (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011). This book, dedicated to the unique artistic output of the Deccan, is the result of a symposium held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008. Updating prior research in this field, the essays in this volume respond to and challenge earlier perceptions of Deccani art by bringing to light previously unpublished paintings, investigating new works of literature, identifying otherwise unattributed carpets and textiles (including several in the Metropolitan Museum), and supplying fresh interpretations of little studied architectural monuments. Special features of the book are the illustration of all thirty-four paintings from a 16th-century copy of the poem the Pem Nem, and new photographs by Amit Pasricha of the Ibrahim Rauza in Bijapur, with the first full transcription and translation of the tomb’s inscriptions.
KNOWING INDIA: COLONIAL AND MODERN CONSTRUCTIONS OF THE PAST
Essays in honor of Thomas R. Trautmann
Edited by Cynthia Talbot
Series: New Perspectives on Indian Pasts
New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2011
Knowing India honors the contributions of Thomas R. Trautmann to the fields of anthropology and history by presenting research from leading scholars who are his contemporaries, colleagues, and former students. Divided into four sections, the 17 essays in this volume look at modes of conceptualizing and classifying traditional South Asian society, perceptions of the precolonial past in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and aspects of precolonial India's historical development and writing. Contributors include reputed contemporaries of Trautmann such as Madhav Deshpande, David Lorenzen, Romila Thapar, and Sylvia Vatuk.
RELIGION AND IDENTITY IN SOUTH ASIA AND BEYOND: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF PATRICK OLIVELLE
Edited by Steven Lindquist
New York/London: Anthem Press, 2011
This volume brings together sixteen articles on the religions, literatures and histories of South and Central Asia in tribute to Patrick Olivelle, one of North America's leading Sanskritists and historians of early India. An exceptionally prolific scholar, Olivelle's best-known works include Manu's Code of Law (2005), The Early Upanisads (1998) and The Srama System (1993). Over the last four decades, the focus of his scholarship has been on the ascetic and legal traditions of India, but his work as both a researcher and a teacher extends beyond early Indian religion and literature. Religion and Identity and South Asia and Beyond is a testament to that influence.
THE COLOR'S FRAGRANCE
Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya
Description from Amazon.com:
The book is a catalogue giving details of the paintings and illustrated manuscripts preserved in Scindia Oriental Institute Ujjain. It focuses on the tradition of Indian miniature painting in the different regions of central India. This book is also specific in the sense as it discloses the salient features of the indian miniature painting tradition of central india flourished in the later medieval period. These painting styles having assimilation with the folk and the other styles developed in royal ateliers are coming to the light for the first time.the book gives special focus on the Vidharbha painting of Maharashta.
Harda, M.P. [India]: Shri Beni Madhava Prakashan Graha, 2011.
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Dr. Upadhyaya's other publications include:
GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE PRACTICES IN PRE-COLONIAL INDIA: HISTORIES FROM THE DECCAN
Daud Ali and Emma J. Flatt (eds.)
This book presents a set of new and innovative essays on landscape and garden culture in precolonial India, with a special focus on the Deccan. Most research to date has concentrated on the comparatively well preserved gardens and built landscapes of the celebrated Mughal empire, giving the impression that they have been lacking in other times and regions. Not only does this volume provide a corrective to such assumptions, it also moves away from traditional art-historical approaches by posing new questions and exploring hitherto neglected source materials. The contributors understand gardens in two related ways: first as real or imagined spaces and manipulated landscapes that are often invested with pronounced semiotic density; and second as congeries of institutions and practices with far-reaching social ramifications for the constitution of elite societies. The essays here present a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of garden culture in precolonial India, and together suggest several new directions of enquiry for those working in the Deccan, Mughal India, and beyond.
Delhi: Routledge, 2011