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Indian Archery
Author : G.N.Pant
ISBN : 978-81-7320-181-3
Edition : 2018
Language : English
Size & Pages : 24, cm pp,500, Illus. & line drawing
Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 2500


The Book
          The ‘Indian Archery’, the most original and pioneering work, is  the outcome of eighteen years of dedicated research of the author. Based on the first-hand knowledge of the bows, arrows, quivers etc., Preserved in the different, museum, private collections, armouries of the erstwhile princes, Ordnance Depots and police headquarters, this monograph deals with almost every aspects of Indian Archery worth knowledge.

                  Pre-and protohistoric archery, as revealed through the archaeological excavations, and of the historical period, as gathered  from the literary, numismatics, epigraphics and sculptural sources and that illustrated in miniature and wall paintings and painted manuscripts has been fully exploited. The different shapes of bows and arrows together with the material, technique, modes of operation, decoration applied to them and bowyers have been discussed in detail.

                     Quiver  and its counterparts  jaibah, saghdag and qirban; arrow-head -extractor and arrow-puller; gosha-gir and  kardang;  nalika, arrow-guide and nao, shooting-glove and bracer, tip and tab and other accouterments of Indian Archery have been given their legitimate place.

                     Archery as a pastime, the  games associated with it and its presents status in India are a few other aspects which have been taken into account. Profusely illustrated with 400 lines drawing and 110 plates, all authentic and accurate, the treatise has emerged as a comprehensive reference work.

                         D. Elmy, the renowned archer and scholar , London, calls it a ’milestone in Indian Archery’ and W.F. Paterson, the foremost archer, doubts” if anyone else in India will be able to produce such an excellent work in the near future”.

The Author

          Born in 1940 at  Singhai (Lakhimpur Kheri, U.P.) Dr. Gayatri Nath Pant had a distinguished career. After passing His M. A. and B. Ed. examinations from Lucknow University, he obtained  his doctorate on ‘ Ancient Indian Arms’from Sagar University and D. Litt. From University of Magadh. His proficiency in Sanskrit enabled him to study classical  literature.  He has 250 research  papers to his credit.

         Dr. Pant’s first book Indian Weapons was published in 1066 and second, Studies in the Defence  History-a Bibliography in 1970. The gigantic  work, Studies in Indian Weapons and warfare, published in 1970, fetched him the President of India’s acclaim and his Bhartiya Ashtra-Shstra won of him ‘ Acharya Narendra  Dev Special Award’. His other notable publications are: Indian Arms  and Armour  in three volumes, Indian Archery, ( 1980), Indian Shield (1982), Catalogue of Indian Arms in the Hamurgisches Museum, Wes Germany (1984), Mughal Weapons in The Baburnama ( 1989), Catalogue of  Edged Arms in the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad ( 1989), etc. A numbers of monographs are in press.

        Dr. Pant has prepared half a dozen catalogue of arms and armour and has studied the collection of  almost  all the Indian Museum. He has traveled erstwhile U.S.S.R., U.K., Germany, France, Netherlands, U.S.A., Africa, etc., And studied  the oriental arms preserved there.  

        Dr. Pant is the member of ‘ Archer Antiquaries London., ‘ Arms and Armour  Society ‘, London; Rifle Association of India’, New Delhi, etc., executive member of the International council of Museum’, Paris, and editor, Journal of Indian  Museum. He is adviser to the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Defence on all the matters pertaining to old arms and armour. He has been elected fellow of royal Astatic Society (FARAS), London, and fellow of the Educational Consultants of Oxford Ltd. (U.S.A).
        At present Dr. Pant is the Director/ Pro-Vice- Chancellor of the National Museum Institute ( Deemed University).



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