Epic Scenes in Indian Plastic Art
The Immortal Epics, The Ramayana And The Mahabharata, Are The Cherished And Prized Heritage Of Indian Culture. The Idealized Versions Of Rama And Krishna Narrated In The Two Epics And The Bhagwat Purana, The Episodes And Characters Described In Them Have Sunk Deep Into The Psyche Of Every Indian. Like Buddhism, Which Provided Inspiring Themes To The Indian Artist, The Epics Too Inspired The Indian Sculptor To Execute His Artistic Creations In Stone, Stucco And Terracotta In Rock Caves And Temples All Over The Subcontinent. The Artistic Depiction Of The Epic Themes In Different Ages And Regions Testifies To The Universal And Ever-Lasting Popularity Of The Epics With The Indian Artists. In Spite Of The Gap Of Centuries Between The Gupta Period And The Medieval Period, The Core Values And The Personality Of The Ideal Or Semi-Miraculous Personages Depicted In The Indian Sculpture Remain Changeless. The Book Is A Fascinating Study Of Epic Themes Appearing In Visual Art. The Author Has Painstakingly Documented The Various Themes Carved In Temples And Rock Caves, Garnered From Every Nook And Corner Of The Subcontinent-From Deogarh And Osian In The North To Badami And Belur In The South, From Paharpur In Bangladesh To Wadhwan And Markandi In Gujarat And Maharashtra.
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Allahabad Aphsad Arjuna arrow ASIAR Badami Balarama Banerjee Bharata Bhima Cave chariot Delhi demon Deogarh Draupadi eighth century A.D. eleventh century A.D. Ellora ending 31st March episode ﬁfth fifth century A.D. ﬁght ﬁghting ﬁgure ﬁrst ﬂower folded hands four-armed Gupta period Halebid Hanumana head holding a bow Hoysales'vara temple Ibid Indian Sculpture Jarasandha Jatayu Kaliya Kaliya-damana Kamataka Kamsa Khajuraho killing king Krsna Krsna and Balarama Krsna holds left hand left side Madhya Pradesh Mahabharata Mathura monkey mount Kailas'a mountain Museum op.cit Osian Paharpur panel depicting panel showing Parvati Pattadakal pillar PRASIWC Rama Rama and Laksmana Rama and Sita Ramayana Ravana right hand right side sculpture sculpture showing shows Krsna shows Rama shows Ravana Sita Siva Siva and Parvati Sivaramamurti stands stone panel stone sculpture stone slab Sugriva temple at Halebid tenth century A.D. terracotta panel tree Vali Valmiki Varanasi Vasudeva Visnu wall woman Yas'oda