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New Facets of Indian Art, Architecture and Epigraphy
( Essays in of honour of Prof. S.L. Shantakumari ) 
Author : Dr. Shrinivas V. Padigar ,Dr. V. Shivananda , C.B. Patil Editors
ISBN : 978-81-942937-1-2
Edition : 2020
Language : English
Size & Pages : size: 29cm, pp.352 with Illus.
Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 4000/-



The Editors

Dr. Shrinivas V. Padigar (b.1952) is a Gold Medalist at M.A. in A I History & Epigraphy of the Karnatak University, Dharwad. He obtained Ph.D. for his work Vishnu Cult in Karnataka. Beginning his career as Technical Assistant in the ASI, he joined the Dept. of AIH & Epigraphy as lecturer and rose to the position of Professor and Chairman of that Department. He has been CWIT Visiting Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. and ICHR Senior Academic Fellow, Delhi. He is the recipient of Dr. B.R. Gopal Epigraphist Award and Shri Na. Shri. Rajapurohit Researcher Award. An authority on Early Chalukya Art and Epigraphy, he has several papers and books to his credit which include Vishnu Cult in Karnataka (1996), Inscriptions of the Calukyas of Badami (2010), Badami (2010), Aihole (2015) and Shravanabelagola (2018). He has edited Pratnakirti (Prof. S. H. Ritti Festschrift, 2012) and 25 Years of Indian Epigraphy (2016). Currently he is Infosys Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune.

Dr. V. Shivananda (b.1954) did Master’s in A I History & Epigraphy of the Karnatak University, Dharwad with First Rank (1974). He completed PG Diploma in Archaeology from the School of Archaeology, ASI, Delhi (1975-76). He joined the ASI like Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Baroda and Goa. He retired from the ASI as a Director. He has participated in several excavations. He has visited Greece, Italy and Portugal as part of cultural exchange programmes. He has number of research publications to his credit. He has edited three important Felicitation volumes. He has also authored books on Mattancheri Palace (1997), Champaner-Pavgad Archaeological Park (2009), Catalogue of Srirangapattana Palace Museum (2013), Church of St. Francis Assisi Paintings (2013), Excavations in Gujarat (2015) and Neolithic Cultures of South India (2017).

C.B. Patil (b.1950) holds First Class Master’s in
A I History & Epigraphy of the Karnataka University (1975) and Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from School of Archaeology, ASI. (1984). He joined the ASI as Technical Assistant in 1979 and served in various capacities before retiring as Dy. SA in 2009. He has participated in the excavations at several sites, including Banawali in Haryana, conducted by the ASI. He teaches antiquarian legislations in the Institute of Archaeology, ASI, New Delhi. He has visited Maldives, Spain, Singapore and China on archaeological missions. He was Project Coordinator for Karnataka, National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities, ASI (2010-11), Member of R.N. Misra Committee to Review the Amendments Proposed for the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972 (2010-11) and Member of Administrative and Technical Committee for Conservation of Monuments, Directorate of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, Government of Karnataka (2010-13). He has been Tagore National Scholar for researching on Illicit Trafficking of Indian Cultural Wealth: Problems and Challenges (2015-17).  Besides numerous papers, he has two books to his credit: Delhi: A Bibliography (1997) and Remembering Stalwarts: Biographical Sketches of Scholars from Archaeological Survey of India (2014).


The Book

This volume in honour of Prof. S.L. Shantakumari contains 42 original articles organized under two sections: Art and Architecture and Epigraphy.

The first section, Art and Architecture, includes a rich variety of papers dealing with pan Indian art themes beginning with the Mauryan through to the Vijayanagara, covering art motifs, Buddhist art, temple architecture, sculpture, iconography, painting, symbolism, new interpretation of art-themes, archaeological field investigation of Buddhist remains, art and architecture of Jainism, geo-cultural interactions, and so on.

The second section, Epigraphy, comprises of diverse themes from Epigraphy, which deal with epigraphs from the early to the late Medieval period. They cover new discoveries, reconstructions from epigraphic evidence, restudy and interpretation of known epigraphs, structural analysis of inscriptions for understanding tank irrigation, conceptual aspects of memorial traditions, new memorial stones and inscriptions, etc.

The book will be useful for Indologists, Art Historians and Epigraphists.


Dr. S. Leela Shantakumari (b.1938) completed B.A. from the Maharani’s College at Mysore (1962) and M.A. in History from the Karnatak University at Dharwad (1964). She was conferred Ph.D. Degree of the same University for the thesis entitled Agraharas in Ancient Karnataka (1970). Beginning her career as a Research Assistant, she became Lecturer in the Department of Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy in 1972 and rose to the position of Professor and Chairperson and Dean of Social Sciences. She retired from service in 1998. She continued her researches even after retirement as ICHR Fellow.

Dr. Shantakumari has been a great teacher loving the students and equally loved by them for her sincerity and affection. She is a great scholar who has enriched the field of Karnataka Epigraphy and History by her incessant field work and publications. Apart from numerous research papers on Epigraphy, she has to her credit such important books as History of the Agraharas – Karnataka, 400-1300 (1986) and The Kadambas of Goa and Their Inscriptions (2015).


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