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Purabharati Studies in Early Historical Archaeology and Buddhism- Commemoration Volume in Respect of Prof. B.P. Sinha (Set of 2 Volumes)

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Item Code: UAF433
Author: B.R. Mani, S.C. Saran
Publisher: Sharada Publishing House, Delhi
Language: English and Hindi
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8188934399
Pages: 784 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Other Details 11.00 X 9.00 inch
Weight 2.77 kg
Book Description
About the Book
Purabharati deals with the Early Historical Archaeology and Buddhism and comprises the recent trends in the field of Archaeology, Art, Architecture, Epigraphy, Numismatics, dating, literary philosophy, religion etc.

This commemoration Volume is a literary tribute to Prof. B.P. Sinha, a silent, selfless and scholarly personality by his admirers, colleagues and pupils. The work is divided in two volumes and three sections containing a wide range of articles, which reflect various aspects of Early Historical and Buddhist studies. This is the real tribute to the enlightened soul, whose contribution to Indian Archaeology is unparalleled.

Perceptive, insightful and selective, the book is an indispensable reference instrument. The unusual variety of subjects and notable richness of illustrations combine to make this a work of endless fascination. The book will prove to be an invaluable asset not only to the academicians, art-historians, archaeologists, orientalists, researchers and libraries, but also to the lay readers.

Volume 1. Early Historical Period and Assorted; Volume 2. Buddhist Studies.

Contributors: Ajit Kumar Prasad; A. Jha; A.K. Sharma; Alok Tripathi; Arun Kumar Singh; Arun Kumar; Arundhati Banerji; Amarendra Nath; B.B. Lal; B.R. Mani; B.L. Nagarch; Binoy Kumar Sahay; B. Sahay; Brajdeo Prasad Roy; C. Dorje; C.M. Mani; C.P. Sinha; C. Mani; D.K. Sinha; D.P. Sharma; Deepak Bhattacharya; D.N. Dimri; D.V. Sharma, Rekha; G.C. Chauley; Gunjan Kumar Srivastava; H.K. Prasad; Jalaj Kumar Tiwari; J.P. Joshi; K.N. Dikshit; K.P. Padhy, J.K. Patnaik; Kumar Anand; Krishna Kumar; Muhammed, K.K.; Kakoli Sinha; Lokesh Chandra; Milan Kumar Chauley; Neena Sinha; P.B.S. Sengar; P.K.Trivedi, Snigdha Tripathy; Pratik Swarup; Piyush Bhatt; Ratan Chandra Agarwal; R.G.Pandeya; R.C. Agrawal; Rajeev Ranjan; Rita Sharma; R.P. Singh; R.D. Trivedi; R.S. Bisht; S.K. Manjul, Arvin Manjul; S.R. Goyal; Sayad Jamal Hassan, Bimala Sinha; S.B. Ota, Dilip Kumar Khamari; S. Dutta, S. Tripathy; S.K. Mittra; Satyandra Lall Manik; Shankar Goyal; Sunil Kumar Jha; Sanjib Kumar Singh; S.C. Saran; S.P. Gupta; Sushma Mani; Sujata Sinha; Tobdan; Umesh Chand Dwivedi; Vidula Jayaswal, Meera Sharma; V.N. Mishra; Vasant Kr. Svarankar; V.H. Sonawane; Vasant Sinde, P.P. Joglekar, Ravi Jadhav, V. Naiknavare, Prabodh Srivalkar, Amol Kulkarni; Vinay Kumar Gupta; Yuvaraj Singh.

About the Authors
Dr. Buddha Rashmi M-mi, born 17 April 1955 (Gunhill, Mussoorie) in a family of patriots, academicians , administrators is presently Director (Archaeology) in the Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath, New Delhi. He has had a meritorious academic record from High School to the University, always standing first class first. He got his Master's degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Banaras Hindu University in 1976 and Ph. D. in 1980 on 'Life in the Kushan Age'. He taught the subject in B.H.U. and at Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies, Sarnath in between 1978 and 1984 after which he joined the Archaeological Survey of India where he worked in various capacities of Group 'A' service in different circles and branches and directed more than a dozen significant archaeological excavations, such as at Lalkot, Salimgarh fort, Sankisa, Siswania, Kanishkapura, Ambaran (Akhnur) and Ayodhya and also conserved a number of monuments in Goa, Maharashtra, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. He has been Director of the Institute of Archaeology (ASI), New Delhi. He has widely travelled and has represented the country in inter-national conferences in Male, Tehran, Leicester, London etc. and has contributed two books 'The Kushan Civilization and 'Delhi: Threshold of the Orient' alongwith more than 100 research papers published in national and international journals.

S.C. Saran (b. 14th July 1947) is B.A. (Hons) Pol Science and M.A. in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology from Patna University. He is working as Superin-tending Archaeologist in A.S.I. He has participated in many explorations and excavations, important ones being Jethian Valley (Rajgir), Bhimbandh (Jamue), Jahangira, Champa and Vikramshila at Antichak (Bhagalpur), Chirand (Chapra), Bihar and Agucha in Rajasthan. He has published more than three dozen learned articles in reputed journals, felicitations and commemoration volumes.

He organized an exhibition "Durzba Doshti" in Moscow, Russia in 1988 under cultural exchange programs. He also organized an important Museum 'Swatantrata Sangram Sangrahalaya' (1857-1947), which was inaugurated on 2nd October 1995 by the then Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri P.V. Narsimha Rao. He also put together many Museums like Archaeological site Museum Ropar (Punjab), Jogeshwar (Kumau) and Panipat State Museum, Panipat (Haryana). He has, from time to time, organized many exhibitions important among them being Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur) and Delhi Red Fort. He was also one of the editors of the B.B. Lai Felicitations Volume.

The editors are complacent about the timely completion of their commitment in Prof. B.P. Sinha “Commemoration Volume", which appears in two parts running the continuity between early cultural stages to later cultural traditions. It is comprehended that the material incorporated in the work is uniformly consistent and non-parochial, with verve of historical communication and understanding as in remarkable agreement in the realms of values and concepts of Prof. Sinha's meticulous vision. The credit for publication within the envisagement is shared by all the admirers, colleagues and pupils of Prof. Sinha, who contributed their articles on time.

The subject entitled "Early Historical Archaeology" and "Buddhist studies" has been chosen because Prof. Sinha had dedicated five decades of his academic life to it. He started his career as a historian but his work in the field of archaeology is unique. He solved many unsolved questions related to the Indian archaeology, particularly Middle Ganga Plain. His important works are the Antichak, Oriup and Champa (Bhagalpur), Sonpur (Gaya), Pataliputra (Patna), Vaisali, Buxar (Arrah), Lota Pahar (Chhotta Nagpur) and Jetian Valley explorations (Nalanda). But the most remarkable works of his life are the Neolithic settlement pattern at Chirand in Gangetic Valley and the Ancient Buddhist ruins at Antichak, which were identified for the first time as the actual site of the Ancient Vikramgila Mahavihar, a Buddhist monastery.

Prof. Sinha had given strong and revolutionary views on the Mehrauli Iron Pillar, the dating of the cyclopean wall of Rajgir and the reality of the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics. Much earlier, his promoter Dr. L.D. Barnett, said of Prof. Sinha: "He has been able not only to correct many errors of the previous writers, but also to throw much new light on the dark places of Indian History". Mr. J. Allan, a noted numismatist, with whom Prof. Sinha had worked in London, spoken highly of his Sound scholarship and hailed him in 1948 as a "historian of unusual promise".

Most of the articles on early historical period and Buddhist studies included in this volume are in conformity with the principles as Prof. Sinha had suggested. The other contents are research articles embodying important discoveries and newest reflections on different aspects of Indian history and culture.

We take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude towards the patrons Prof. B.B. Lal and Prof. A.K. Narain who had inspired and provided guidance from time to time. We are also beholden to the members of the editorial committee for their contributions and valuable suggestions.

We are most thankful to Dr. C.P. Sinha from Patna and Dr Sanjay Kumar Manjul, Dr. Piyush Bhatt, Sarvashri Gunjan Srivastava, Tejas Garge, Sarjun Prasad, Akshat Kaushik, B.K. Chauhan and Kishna Nand Pant of the Archaeological Survey of India who have helped us in many ways in bringing out this volume.

Thanks are also due to Shri B.L. Bansal, the proprietor of Sharada Publishing House for the willing acceptance to undertake the publication of this volume on time.

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