An Introduction to the Ajanta Caves: With examples of six caves

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The monograph is aimed for a special section of readers—those who teach or research in the universities on the subject of the ancient Indian history and culture, or Buddhist art and archaeology in the Indian subcontinent, and other such general readers who desire to understand in detail the various intricacies of the Ajanta caves and their paintings.

For such readers, a rather unprecedented attempt has been made to present the following broad range of study materials within the scope of a single volume:

  1. An account of the historical, religious, and political background of Ajanta, such that is based on the latest researches.
  2. Systematic and summarised descriptions of the complete corpus of the narrative wall paintings based on the new research and corpus by Dieter Schlingloff of Leipzig University.
  3. Systematic photographic documentation of the narrative wall paintings by reproducing at least one photograph for each of the narrative wall painting that is still extant in some measure. The present corpus sadly excludes the paintings of the caves 9 and 10 because of the extremely poor state of preservation that has been beyond the author’s scope of photography.
  4. Detailed contextual explanation of some sculptures, iconography, and inscriptions.
  5. An introduction to the architecture and chronological development sequence of some select Ajanta caves.
  6. Specifically detailed study of the cave numbers 1, 2, 16, and 17 to present a new history of these select cave temples. The new history is based on such new evidence, facts, data, and their analysis that were either not documented before, or whose detailed analysis based on scientific methods of holistic research was not yet attempted, or was not presented in a format and language that is available to and simplified for a broader section of readers.

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This book presents the latest and updated information about the Ajanta caves, their histories, and painted themes. For the first time, a book accommodates-within the space of a single volume-many dimensions and components of the caves. It includes the latest * research by the author on the gradual development of the caves. * historical framework formulated by Walter M. Spink. * identifications of the narrative paintings by Dieter Schlingloff. * identifications of the devotional and ornamental paintings by Monika Zin. * summaries of nearly all the narrative paintings (84 stories). * corpus of photo documentation on the paintings, sculptures, and architecture. * attempt on long exposure photography in poorly lit conditions. The language is so crafted as to help the students, travellers, and general readers grasp the beauty and complexities of Ajanta and the times. At the same time the content is so packed, and the issues discussed in such a manner, as to keep the expert readers engaged.

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"There are hundreds of publications on these marvels of art in which Shri Singh's paperback is a most handy and authentic addition. The book contains seven chapters detailing the various aspects of the art of Ajanta, especially the depiction of paintings narrating the Buddhist jatakas and other stories of Buddha's life. The book presents updated information and views of leading contemporary scholars. Information from necessary domains has been collated with utmost care: epigraphy, ancient Buddhist texts, archaeology, iconography, architecture, and art history.... There are 284 colour photographs depicting architecture, paintings, sculpture, and decorative motifs in comprehensive detail. High resolution and updated photographs are presented here along with abridged stories. This book is an admirable attempt to make available a summary of the latest research, complemented by appropriate photographs that illustrate the detailed variety of the art and architectural panorama of the Ajanta caves... The publication ventured by Shri Singh is not only an authentic attempt, but faithful narratives of the Ajanta paintings and other art forms." -- Puratattva 43, Journal of the Indian Archaeological Society 2013

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