Khajuraho Unknown is a book about Khajuraho temple-complex, a world heritage, which presents before us sculpture as manifestation of refinement rekindling creative fire all around us. Khajuraho art has the lucidity of structure with passionate unrest, riotous activity and a preference for vast, wild and the predominantly picturesque. The sculptors not only have portrayed individual figures but turned sculpture to compositions with innumerable legends invading the stones of Khajuraho Temples. The author has exposed the deliberate display of nudity where effervescent woman as a goddess, an apsara and a source of joy is seen unloosening the knots of her garments and portraying variety of moods, actions and sentiments.
`Khajuraho Un-known' presents erotica where sexo-yogic postures depict tantric and cult details whereas reverential attitude in erotics represents devotion and renuncia-tion. The author has provided interpretations of Kamasutra, tantra, and erotica in 264 colour pages of photo images of over 520 statues and about 240 pictures and illustrations supporting the text.
Spiritual and metaphysical are for the people of this world and `Khajuraho Unknown' is an epic which breaks the silence in breathlessness to give us a life romantic and epic as lived by the people at Khajuraho a thousand and more years ago. Eastern mysticism mixed with our thoughts and actions allows us to be governed by sentiments, emotion and belief. Religion is man's quest of immortality and Khajuraho is a macro and micro view of our widespread cultural fabric where religion of the world and aesthetic ideals have fashioned us into a meeting point of art and religion, where divine and the worldly combine and exist for a united purpose to take us to the unknown and we are trained to find our discipline and freedom both at one and the same point. `Khajuraho Unknown' is a book which gives us a Sheet Anchor-which opens our inner self to us and takes us to attain the fulfillment which is not so easy to achieve without shedding the outer garbs.
Novelist, short story writer, poet, linguist, art historian art critic, painter, sculptor, social scientist, sportsman and a filmmaker, Onkar Chandra Sharma, who writes under the nom de plume Onkar Rahi, was born on 20th, May 1940 in a family of scholars tradinonally devoted to the studies of Sanskrit and oriental languages.
A combination of sports and scholarship, love for research, astrology, occult, tantra, culture, Vedic studies and social services, make Mr. Rahi a rarest of the rare person-alities. He joined prestigious Indian Police Service at the age of 23 after serving as a lecturer in a college for two years and retired at the top most rank as Director General of Police from Madhya Pradesh, the State where Khajuraho is located. His first encounter with Khajuraho, in 1965, continued culminating in Khajuraho Unknown in 2006. Mr. Rahi is credited with seven novels in Hindi and one in English, a collection of short stories, two books on Hindi linguistics, an anthology, and two books on art and sculpture. His novel `Shavyatra' published in 1972 was acclaimed by the critics as one of the best in Hindi literature. He has edited famous work, 'Crime Against Women'.
As chief editor of M.P. Police journal for 15 years, he en-riched literature on Police and society. His earliest contribution, as editor, was noticed in 1961 in `Kangra Annual' an art magazine, and ever since he is dedicated to studies in art. Human Rights Crimi-nal justice system and violence against women are his special fields of activity. His hobbies include collection of rare books, coins, paintings, sculpture and antiques. Presently he is settled in his home town, Kangra in Himachala Predesh under the snow clad Western Himalayas and is involved in social and charitable activities in addition to his literary pursuits.
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