Eloquent Spaces: Meaning and Community in Early Indian Architecture

Author:   Shonaleeka Kaul (Associate Professor of Ancient Indian History in the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780367225964


Pages:   200
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Eloquent Spaces adopts the twin analytic of meaning and community to write a fresh history of building in early India. It presents a new perspective on the principles and practices of early Indian architecture. Defining it broadly over a range of space uses, the book argues for architecture as a form of cultural production as well as public consumption. Ten chapters by leading archaeologists, architects, historians and philosophers, examining different architectural sites and landscapes, including Sanchi, Moodabidri, Srinagar, Chidambaram, Patan, Konark, Basgo and Puri, demonstrate the need to look beyond the built form to its spirit, beyond aesthetics to cognition, and thereby to integrating architecture with its myriad living contexts. The volume captures some of the semantic diversity inherent in premodern Indian traditions of civic building, both sacred and secular, which were, however, unified in their insistence on enacting meaning and a transcendent validity over and above utility and beauty of form. The book is a quest for a culturally rooted architecture as an alternative to the growing crisis of disembededness that informs modern praxis. This volume will be of interest to scholars and practitioners of architecture, ancient Indian history, philosophy, art history and cultural studies.

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Author:   Shonaleeka Kaul (Associate Professor of Ancient Indian History in the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge India
Weight:   0.399kg
ISBN:  

9780367225964


ISBN 10:   0367225964
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Shonaleeka Kaul is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her previous works include The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini (2018), Cultural History of Early South Asia: A Reader (2014) and Imagining the Urban: Sanskrit and the City in Early India (2010).

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