Mani-Sushma Archaeology and Heritage (Dr B.R. Mani Festschrift) (Set of 3 Volumes)
|Author:||Vinay Kumar & Brijesh Rawat|
|Publisher:||B.R. Publishing Corporation|
|Pages:||1248 (Throughout Color and B/w Illustrations)|
|Other Details||11.00 X 9.00 inch|
The present book, "Mani-Sushma Archaeology and Heritage" is a felicitation, volume in honour of Dr BR Mani who is one of those few scholars who cover a wide range of subjects: art, iconography, architecture, Buddhism, early historical archaeology, and even proto-history.
Dr B.R.Mani has been a renowned field archaeologist, numismatist and art critic. As an excavator, he has shown his mettle at the recent excavations which he carried out in the disputed area at Ayodhya He has been involved in conservation of monuments in Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. He has discovered a large number of archaeological sites in these places besides also in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana during his explorations. He has directed more than 16 excavation projects in the country, some of which are Lal Kot (Delhi). Salimgarh (Delhi). Muhammad Nagar and Harnol (Haryana). Siswania, Sankisa. Lathiya, Sarnath and Kapilavastu (UP) and Kanispur and Ambaran (J&K). He also conducted trial excavations at Deoraon (1995-96). Dharamsinghwa (1995 96), Pipari (1996-97),Orai (1996-97) and Mundiar (1996-97) in Uttar Pradesh and Kevripattinam (Poomuhar) (2010-11) in Tamil Nadu. He is member of various national and international organizations in the field and has widely travelled to European and Asian countries in international seminars and conferences. He has many books and about 195 research papers to his credit. He is an able administrator, excavator and editor. Hence, the present volume is an attempt to honour a nationally and internationally repute scholar like Dr B. R. Mani.
The proposed volume contains, besides a biographical account of Dr Mani, research articles on Indian Archaeology, Heritage, Museology, Culture and Traditions. This felicitation volume contains ninety two scholarly research papers which have been collected from eminent scholars from India and abroad on various aspects of archaeology, art, architecture, cultural heritage, museology, tradition etc.
Vinay Kumar (b. 1976), Ph.D. MA (Ancient Indian, History, Culture and Archaeology). MA (Archacology and Heritage Management). Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from Institute of Archaeology. Archaeological Survey of India Presently he is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh.
Dr Kumar is the recipient of Gold Medal for being University topper. Dr. Kumar has also received Junior and Senior Research Fellowship from University Grants Commission. He has also received National Museum of Korea (NMK) Network fellowship from Government of South Korea.
Earlier, he worked as Consultant and Assistant Archaeologist in Archaeological Survey of India, as Research Scholar in Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) and Indian Archaeological Society. He has participated and supervised many archaeological excavations namely excavations at Lahuradeva, Bhirrana, Baror, Hansi etc.
He has undertaken many research projects and published many scholarly articles/papers in many renowned National and International journals, seminar proceedings etc He has authored a book titled West Asian and Hellenistic Elements in Indian Art. He has. organized more than 10 National and International Seminars and workshops. He is a life member of many National and International committees/societies: Dr Kumar is well versed in Persian, German, Sanskrit, Oriya, Bangla and Maithili languages.
Brijesh Chandra Rawat, Ph. D. (History), M.A. (Ancient History and Culture), Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India. Presently he is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University. Lucknow.
Earlier, he worked as Assistant Archaeologist in Archaeological Survey of India. He has participated in many Archaeological explorations such as Attirampakkam, Vidisha, Anangpur, Rangpur, Sanauli, Nagin Pahari, Kuchado and Ahichchhatra. Besides, he has also participated and supervised two Archaeological excavations namely excavations at Baror and Ahichchhatra. He has authored five books titled Jain Murti Shilp. Bauddha-Jain Pratima Lakshan, Jain Pratima-Kala, Madhy Pradesh ket Shailchitra Kala and Jain Murtyon ka udbhav aur vikas (in press). He is also editor of ICON-Journal of Archaeology and Culture.
He has participated and presented papers in many National and International Seminars, Conferences, Symposiums, and Refresher courses: // workshops etc. He is founder member of Wakankar Rock Art and Heritage Welfare Society, Bhopal, Chief Organizer of Adinath Memorial Trust, Lucknow and Secretary of History and Culture Research Organization, Lucknow.
This humble felicitation edited volume, "MANI-SUSHMA" (Archaeology and Heritage) published in honour of Dr B.R. Mani who had been our teacher is a modest tribute in the recognition of his valuable academic and administrative involvement and contributions to the popularization of the discipline of Archaeology
Dr B.R.Mani has been a renowned field archaeologist, numismatist and art critic, who is serving at present as Additional Director General in the Archaeological Survey of India. He has taught in B.H.U. and Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies from 1978 till 1984 and then he joined the A.S.I. as Deputy Superintending Archaeologist. Since then he has been involved in conservation of monuments in Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. He has discovered a large number of archaeological sites in these places besides also in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana during his explorations. He has directed more than 17 excavation projects in the country, some of which are Lal Kot (Delhi), Salimgarh (Delhi). Muhammad Nagar and Harnol (Haryana), Rajghat, Siswania. Sankisa, Ayodhya, Lathiya (UP) and Kanispur and Ambaran (J&K). He is member of various national and international organizations in the field and has widely travelled to European and Asian countries in international seminars and conferences. He has many books and about 180 research papers to his credit. He is an able administrator, excavator and editor.
Intending to honour a scholar like him with a suitable felicitation was the presentation of a volume worthy of the great name of Dr B.R.Mani. Students, admirers and friend of Dr B.R Mani have eagerly expressed their reverence and gratitude for his work and this felicitation volume is the result of their token of love and regards for him.
Earlier when this volume was planned, it was decided that the papers only in English from contributors would be accepted. But due to the fact that a number of scholars expressed their desire to contribute articles in Hindi besides Dr Mani's wish. papers in Hindi have also been included in the volume.
In bringing out this volume we have received ample encouragement and co-operation of historian, archaeologists and scholars from all over India and world. The number of articles incorporated in the volume is an index of their response towards this venture. We must register our gratitude to all those scholars who have embellished this work with their valuable contributions and their painstaking efforts and sparing their valuable time for sending their research work. This felicitation volume contains ninty seven scholarly and research papers which have been collected from individual scholars.
It gives me great pleasure to know that a felicitation volume to honour Dr. B.R.Mani is being published by his students and well-wishers. It is indeed a worthy and commendable task. have been closely associated with his family and his two uncles, viz. Shri Chandra Mauli Mani Tripathi, IRES, and Mr. C.D.Tripathi, IAS have been my very good friends as both of them were keenly interested in the study of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology. Having known him intimately for now about more than twenty five years. I have always been impressed by his dedication, commitment and passion for studies and researches in the field or Ancient Indian History. Culture and Archaeology. Dr. Mani is a renowned scholar and respected academician. His area of research is not just limited to a micro-area. The scope of his research covered India and the neighboring civilizations of the ancient World. I have great appreciation for his contribution to our knowledge of the Ancient Indian Art and Archaeology. Unlike other countries, Indian culture is not based on material culture alone. Indian culture is basically evolved from Shastras formulated from the Vedic thought by the Rishis. Indian polity, social customs, traditions, faiths and material cultures are the developments out of meditation (single pointed attention). Tapas (wait for the result) and intellectual exercise (to make it comprehendible to others) of the ancient rishis. Archeology has helped us in tracing our ancient history from the past providing us material artifacts for about two centuries. The new trends in archeology are also stepping forward to consider the collective memory of generations as sources of history which are still available in form of tribal lore, folklore and Vedic-lore in form of Orature as sources for history. This would help us bridging-up the missing link between known and unknown worlds of the remote Indian past. Hope the historical researches of Dr. B.R.Mani in the coming years would address this problem to improve our understanding of ancient past. He is in true sense a most friendly and most unassuming perfect gentleman whom I admire. Besides his busy schedule as Additional Director General, he is still engaged in research and other academic activities like attending seminars and delivering lectures. It is therefore indeed a praiseworthy endeavour to highlight his life, ideas and scholarship by publishing a volume in his honour and I congratulate the editors for undertaking this task.
I sincerely wish Dr. B.R. Mani a very long, active, prosperous and peaceful life.
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