The self-conscious Indus people produced something distinct in every field of activity, including art and craft. The Harappans introduced the ceramic wares, metal and lithic tools and regulated trade. The Indus phase of art stands for the originality of form and content which was treated with metaphysical approaches and canonised in the later phases of Indian art history. On the basis of physical features, the territorial extent of the Indus Empire can be divided into four provinces, namely Western, Central, Eastern and Southern provinces.
This book draws attention on the ceramic designs, seals, sculpture, jewellery and lapidary in both Provincial and Metropolitan style from the sites like Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, Lothal, Rangpur, Kalibangan, Surkotada, Daimabad and others. This would help our younger generation to read a simple book who have led such a lifestyle and left behind certain innovative creation which are significant even today. The content of the book is simple only to reaffirm our belief in the living tradition which has the fragrance of the bygone era.
About the Author:
Arts and Crafts of Indus Civilization (Provincial Art) is the ninth book by Prof. Choodamani Nadagopal, a reputed Art Historian and Ph.D. in History and Archaeology from the Mysore University. Her research projects have a special approach both from the historical and aesthetic point of view. Besides other books, she has to her credit 50 published research papers. She was the first scholar to receive U. K. Visiting Nehru Fellowship in 1992 (in coordination with Victoria & Albert Museum, London) for her research on Colonial Paintings, and UNESCO Fellowship for Silk Road Studies in 1994. She is actively involved in various capacities with several International and National research institutes, universities, museums and art galleries. She is an academician of high repute and served earlier as Head of Citrakala Institute of Advance Studies and guided doctoral students. At present, she is serving in Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore.
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