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Buddhist Heritage of Odisha

Price : $99.75
ISBN # : 9788173054662
Author : Himanshu Prabha Ray
pages: 110
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Aryan Books
Published : 2014

The multi-religious landscape of Odisha is striking, with the present city of Bhubaneswar and its encircling hills providing evidence for the presence of shrines and images associated with Buddhism, Jainism as well as Hinduism, though their relative concentration varied over time. I this book, the focus is on various aspects of architecture related to Buddhism. One of the issues that the survey of religious architecture presented here raises is the extent t o which Buddhist monastic architecture was a reflection of the practice of the religion within a regional cultural milieu. More importantly, the book addresses the complex issue of preservation of the Buddhist heritage keeping in view demands of urban planning and development on the one hand and the pressures of tourism on the other. Is the value of Buddhist heritage only to be weighed against the present benefits of commercial exploitation?
The objective of the book will be to aid in the integration of the needs of archaeology and heritage in Odisha with tourism and future urban planning.

Author Bio: After teaching for more than three decades at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi., Himanshu Prabha Ray is at present Chairperson, National Monuments Authority, New Delhi. Two recent volumes edited by her include Satish Chandra and Himanshu Prabha Ray edited, The Sea, Identity and History: From the Bay of Bengal to the South China Sea, Manohar Publishers, 2013; and Patrick Olivelle, Janice Leoshko and Himanshu Prabha Ray edited, Reimagining Asoka: Memory and History, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2012.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 21 July, 2014.
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