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Book Details


Foreign Influence on Indian Culture
(From c. 600 B.C. to A.D. 320)
Manjari Ukil
Bibliography : xiv, 335pp., 12 Plates, 1 Map, Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 818862960X
HB ISBN (13) : 9788188629602




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About the Book:

Long before Alexander reached the gates of geographical India, the people of the subcontinent enjoyed a sporadic cultural interaction with their immediate western neighbours through the `lateral valleys` of Makran and the mountain passes of Hindukush, which were major land-routes.

The complex nature of Indian culture makes it almost impossible to trace the traits left by the `foreigners` in that remote past. In a diverse and culturally rich country like India, there remains very little difference between culture and civilization.

The cultural life of a land consists of social behaviours of the inhabitants as manifested in their typical customs and usages, its spiritual emancipation enriched by the advancement of ethics, philosophy and religion, its aesthetic experiences and technical abilities expressed through the medium of fine arts and other aspects of higher pursuits of intellectual life.

The book examines in some detail the traces that the westerners left upon three major aspects Indian culture, viz. social life, fine arts and religion. It is an attempt to present a picture of the cross-fertilization of ideas in an age of Indian history when it came in contact with the geographically external ethnic elements.



About the Author:

Dr. Manjari Ukil (1936-2004) had studied Indology at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan under Professors Prabodh Chandra Bagchi, Sudhakar Chattopadhyaya and Ram Singh Tomar. Along with ancient Indian history and culture her allied subjects of study were Sanskrit, Pali and Ardhamagadhi under Professors Haridas Mitra, Siddheswar Bhattacharya, Nityananda Binod Goswami and Pandit Sukhamoy Bhattacharya Shastri Sapta-Tirtha. From 1953 till 1954 she studied at Boise, Idaho when her father, artist Mukul Dey was a Fulbright Scholar to USA.

Manjari taught Indology at Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University; and, subsequently at Vidya Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan for about 25 years.

Born and married into a family of distinguished modern Indian artists, she had the opportunity to supplement her chief area of investigation with an insight into the evolution and development of Indian fine arts, sculpture and architecture.

Foreign Influence on Indian Culture, by Manjari Ukil

 

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