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Love in Ancient India

Love in Ancient India
$33.50
Item Code: IDI705
Author: M. L. Varadpande
Publisher: Wisdom Tree Publications
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8183280501
Pages: 147 (18: Color Plates)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.6
weight of the book: 415 gms
From The Jacket

This book chronicles the story of love, which is considered an Indian creation. The first love story of the world was found in the Rig Veda and the first comprehensive work on love was written in India with Kamasutra becoming one of its offshoots. Love techniques were perfected over centuries and sculpted on the walls of temples of Khajuraho and Konarak.

Since ancient times, rishis in India have believed that it was love, which came first and then followed the world. The origin and evolution of love in India is traced by the author in an elaborate manner, providing invaluable insights which make this book a rare treasury in itself. The book draws from concrete sources including cave paintings, ancient archaeological findings and a mass of literature belonging to the Vedic and Buddhist eras to give a complete portrayal of love.

Through love lyrics, humorous plays and erotic descriptions, Love in Ancient India takes you through a timeless saga of royalty and grandeur, beauty and infidelity, all of which are interspersed with the concept of the world's most bewitching expression - love.

About The Author

M. L. Varadpande is an eminent scholar and theatre historian in India. Known for his erudition and profound insights, he is the author of several well-known books. For several years, he was actively associated with Alochana, a journal devoted to art and literature as its associate editor. He is a scholar with a rare capacity to see historical facts in a new perspective and offer original interpretation. He was awarded a research fellowship by the Indian Council of Historical Research to work on the project 'Temple Theatre in India'. His contribution to Indological studies is immense and invaluable.

CONTENTS
1God of Love1
2Business of Love13
3Learning of Love31
4Rituals of Love39
5Art of Love 63
6Poetry of Love73
7Tales of Love85
8Practice of Love107
9Cult of Love121
Select Bibliography131
Index133-141

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