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1 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
A New Approach to the Vedas: An Essay in Translation and Exegesis
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8121506301 / 9788121506304; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
From the pen of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy this small but wonderful volume is an essay in translation and exegesis in relation to the Vedas in which passages from the Rgveda and the Brhadaranyaka and Maitri Upanisads, dealing with cosmogony, ontology and teleology, have been interpreted in a new perception of the quite extraordinary depth of those ideas and their amazing psychological accuracy. According to Coomaraswamy no great extension of our present measure of understanding of the Vedas can be expected from philological research alone. Further progress in the interpretation of the difficult cycle of liturgies cannot be made until they are more profoundly explained from the viewpoint of the history of religion and translated in accordance with the true spirit of the textual contents. The passages translated and interpreted in this volume reflect their technical significance and at the same time a comparative approach. This has made the work exceptional in regard to quality, understanding and depth. Printed Pages: 126. 033972

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2 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Art and Swadeshi
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8121506387 / 9788121506380; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
The compilation of articles is a glaring example of the multidimensional talent of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), who was not only a pioneer historian of Indian art, a master-interpreter, one of the most versatile of this century whose scholarship and knowledge knew no bounds, but a universal man at the same time, the one who urged the Indians to be conscious of their glorious heritage. Coomaraswamy was the harbinger of Indian nationalism but his outlook was neither parochial nor chauvinistic. It had a universal appeal. The present volume is a rich collection of his thirteen important articles embedded in a single thread. These are: Art and Swadeshi; Swadeshi, True and False; Domestic Handicrafts and Culture; The International Congress of Applied Chemistry 1901 and Aniline Dyes; The Function of Schools of Art in India-A reply to Mr. Cecil Burns; On the Study of Indian Art; Facial Expression in Indian Sculpture; On Mughal and Rajput Paintings; Night Effects in Indian Pictures; Song-words of a Panjabi Singer; Poems of Rabindranath Tagore; The Modern School of Indian Painting; and Education in Ceylon. Diverse they are in contents, but they all convey a single message-the churned outcome of a master-mind visualizing things and events in their true perspective. Printed Pages: 150 with 18 b/w illustrations. 024616

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3 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2003; 8121500966 / 9788121500968; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; 
Printed Pages: 388 with 24 b/w illustrations. 000131

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4 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8121503124 / 9788121503129; Fifth Impression; Hard Cover; New; New; 
The nine essays in this book are among author's most stimulating. They discuss such matters as true function of aesthetics in art, the importance of symbolism, and the importance of intellectual & philosophical background to the artist, they analyse the role of traditional culture in enriching art, they demonstrate the abstract art and primitive art, despite superficial resemblances, are completely divergent and they deal with the common philosophy which pervades all great art, the nature of medieval art, folklore and modern art, the beauty inherent in mathematics, and the union of traditional symbolism and individual portraiture in premodern cultures. The author is a great Orientalist and has covered the philosophic and religious experience of the entire premodern world, East and West, and for him primitive, medieval European, and classical Indian experiences of truth and art were only different dialects in a common language. Printed Pages: 146. 026708

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5 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Early Indian Architecture: Cities and City Gates Etc.
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2002; 8121505186 / 9788121505185; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Early Indian Architecture is a study of the subject based mainly on the information as available in early Pali literature and as represented in the reliefs of Bharhut, Sanchi and Amaravati. The work is divided into two parts: Part I deals with cities and city-gates, etc. while Part II is on the Bodhi-gharas i.e. representations of the Bodhi-tree with or without a temple structure. Coomaraswamy has assembled the data systematically and in the process brought out details not only from literature but also from sculptural representations. He has confined himself not only to the early texts and material but also has made use of information from later examples, particularly forts, etc. The details about the lay-out of early cities, alongwith their different components, architectural terms as available in early texts and illustrations with copious notes on each have made this work invaluable for those interested in serious study of the subject. This monograph is a must for students of archaeology including art and architecture. Printed Pages: 33 with 42 b/w illustrations. 020054

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6 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Early Indian Architecture: Palaces
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2016; 8121502918 / 9788121502917; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
Ananda Coomaraswamy's Early Indian Architecture—Palaces is, like all his writings, a masterpiece. In this study, he has discussed about prasada or the palace on the basis of the evidence from literary sources and early Indian sculptural examples. He has examined the various parts and components of the palace such as the storeys, the streets leading to and inside the palace, walls, gateways, different quarters and apartments, pillars, windows, etc., besides the material employed in the construction of the multi-storeyed prasadas, the development of gavaksha or the arched window, which was a characteristic feature of early Indian architecture. The specialist would find particularly illuminating the exposition of the technical terms relating to prasada and its various components and the correlation of the literary and the sculptural evidence. The eighty-four illustrations in the form of photographs and text-figures have been supplemented by detailed notes. Printed Pages: 17 with 84 b/w illustrations. 039796

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7 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Elements of Buddhist Iconography
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8121502462 / 9788121502467; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; New; 
The present work is an analysis of Buddhist symbolism in historical perspective. In author's view Buddhist symbolism, in art or religion, is but a part of the main current of Indian religion and art and has to be studied in that context. Early Indian art is, thus, essentially the continuation of a mainly aniconic "Vedic" style and the compositions are comprehensible only with reference to Vedic notions. The present work studies the fundamental elements of Buddhist symbolism which predominate in the early aniconic art and are never dispensed with in the later imagery, though they are subordinated to the "human" icon. The present study is divided into two parts: in Part 1, the Tree of Life, Earth-Lotus and World-Wheel (and other cognate symbols) have been analyzed; Part II deals with the place of the lotus-throne. A study of these reveals that they represent a universal Indian symbolism and set of theological concepts. Printed Pages: 103 with 44 illustrations. 014048

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8 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; Michael W. Meister (ed.)
Essays in Architectural Theory
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Association with Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 1995; 0195638050 / 9780195638059; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 145. 018212

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9 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Essays in National Idealism
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8121501792 / 9788121501798; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
The book, 'Essays in National Idealism' in the words of the author himself, represents "an endeavour towards an explanation of true significance of the national movement in India." In fact, it marks a stage of development of Coomaraswamy's own thought reflecting perhaps the quest for his own identity. In his view, the Indian National Movement had its base in an idealistic movement, for it represented a struggle for spiritual and mental freedom from the domination of an alien ideal. As early as 1909 Coomaraswamy strived for ideal type of national education to be imparted by purely Indian institutions wherein in addition to other subjects, the study of life should be a must. According to him no regeneration of Indian people would be meaningful unless there is similar expression in Indian art, as the causes for the degeneration of Indian art and factors preventing its revival are identical with those that prevent the recovery of India's political efficiency. In fifteen Chapters of the book, Coomaraswamy discusses a number of subjects like nationalism, various aspects of national struggle, Indian nationality, aims and methods of Indian art, art and yoga, Western impact of Indian art, education in India, Swadeshi, Indian music and education, and a variety of other interesting subjects. It has to serve two-fold purpose: to inspire and guide the Indians towards their desired goal and to remove the wrong notions of Westerners. He aimed at building a free India with close ties with the rest of the world. The book is meaningful for it has a message even for India of today. Besides its theme has a historical value for the study of assessment of Indian struggle for freedom in pre-Gandhi-Nehru epoch. Printed Pages: 218 with illustrations. 032569

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10 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Richard J. Cohen
Essays on Jaina Art
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/Manohar Publishers & Distributors; New Delhi, India; 2003; 8173045348 / 9788173045349; Hardcover; New; New; 
His writings on Jaina art span the entire period of his active working life as an art historian. He published his first article on the subject in 1914 and ended with a book review in 1943, four years before his death. Jaina art and its symbolic inventory held a special place in Coomaraswamy's formulation of the history of Indian painting, indeed Indian civilization itself. He was the first to recognize its chronological place in the succession of style. The Jaina paintings are not only important for the student of Jaina iconography and archaeology which are illustrative of costumes, manners and customs, but are of greater interest because they are the oldest Indian paintings on paper, representing an almost unknown school of lndian artHolding the view that in order to make these paintings fully comprehensible, a short account of Jainism and of the legends of Mahavira and Kalakacarya, which are the main subject of the paintings is given in this volume. The chapters that follow deal with the explanation of various terms; Jaina cosmology; aesthetics and relationships of Jaina painting; the illustrated Jaina manuscripts; description of the figures; followed by a large number of illustrations.Printed Pages: 110. 101629

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11 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Premlata Sharma (Ed.)
Essays on Music
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/Manohar Publishers & Distributors; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8173046115 / 9788173046117; Hardcover; New; New; 
These essays were published in a few books, journals, etc., mostly in the early years of the twentieth century. Coomaraswamy held that music in countless ways had been bound up with the Indian national culture, for it was the most universal expression of emotion-religious, amorous or martial. Music belonged to every part of life. The flute of K???a, the vi?a of Sarasvati, the dance of Siva, the Gayatri as cosmic chant or music of the spheres; the hymns of passionate adoration of the southern Saivite, all these belong to the association of music and religion.In addition to the art of music, Coomarasway lays great emphasis on the folk songs of agriculture and crafts. This music is serving to lighten heavy labour, such as the songs of husbandmen, carters and boatmen. Music remained too intimately associated with religion, with drama and with life, whether courtly or popular and was faithfully guarded by tradition.Coomaraswamy was much against the harmonium and gramophone, when compared to stringed instruments; even the piano, he held, was an inferior instrument. Every time these mechanical instruments were used in place of man, the Indian musician was degraded, his living was taken from him and the group soul of Indian life injured. Among musical instruments, he gave pride of place to the vina.Printed Pages: 153. 101632

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12 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought: Collected essays on the traditional or "Normal" view of art: Second Series
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2011; 8121501784 / 9788121501781; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Figures of Speech and Figures of Thought is a collection of seventeen essays dealing with a specific 'aspect or application of the traditional theory of art'. Each essay takes up for discussion such topics as rhetoric, aesthetics, medieval theories, role of ornament in art, icons and spectator, reason and intuition, imitation Buddhist art, Indian Painting, pictorial relief, primitive art, etc. Every chapter is provided with references and exhaustive notes. The compact and concise argument, valuable notes and references and judicious choice of subjects make this a handy reference as well as text book on theory of art. All those connected with art shall find this book a priceless one to their collection. Printed Pages: 256. 020869

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13 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Hinduism and Buddhism
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8121500370 / 9788121500371; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
Ananda Coomaraswamy's Hinduism and Buddhism, like all his writings, is a masterpiece. In this work he sets forth his ideas with his usual depth and insight to discard the wrong notions about the divergence in the basic philosophies of these two major religions that have been propounded by 'European scholars and by Indians trained in our modern sceptical and evolutionary modes of thought.' In Hinduism and Buddhism Coomaraswamy has tried to show that the essentials of these religions are the same and form what may be called as the Philosophia Perennis or the Eternal Philosophy. His contention is that Hinduism and Buddhism are not contradictory but the one is a development out of the massive foundation of the other. It is only to those who have made a superficial study that Buddhism seems different from Brahmanism; the more profound is the study, the more difficult it becomes to distinguish Buddhism from Brahmanism. Hinduism and Buddhism is divided into two parts with copious notes added to each part. In the first part, dealing with Hinduism, Coomaraswamy has examined in detail the fundamental concepts like karma, maya, reincarnation, the darsanas, the sacrifice, social order, etc., and in the second part, dealing with Buddhism, he shows that in essentials it was the same as Hinduism and that Buddha did not strive 'to establish a new order to restore an older form.' In sum, the basic philosophy of great religions is drawn from a common fount and the new religions are but the recognition of a common thought manifested under different forms. Printed Pages: 96. 033692

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14 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Introduction to Indian Art
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8121503892 / 9788121503891; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; New; 
'Today, if India takes her due rank as first-class artistic power, it is in large measure owing to Coomaraswamy'-so said the distinguished British artist Sir William Rothenstein of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, the celebrated author of this work. To know the magnitude and quality of the work done by this great savant is to know the truth and value of this tribute. His pioneering work put the long neglected Art of India before the world of art where it holds its well merited proper place. Coomaraswamy was more than an 'art-critic', he interpreted the philosophia perennis through the medium of the arts. In his autobiography Eric Gill writes, 'He (Coomaraswamy) has written truth...with such wisdom and understanding...' Coomaraswamy's bibliography consists of over 500 books and articles, in each of these he illuminates the soul (bija) of the subject he treats, and shares with his reader the treasures before him. Coomaraswamy's Introduction to Indian Art is an ocean condensed into a luminous pearl. A basic work, it traverses the historic panorama of Indian art, from its Indo-Sumerian and Vedic-Mound beginnings to the various peaks reached during the Maurya, Sunga, Andhra, Kusana and Gupta periods and beyond the seas to further India and Indonesia. It is a handbook of immense value both to the beginner and scholar alike. This present reprint, appearing after more than half a century, has been ably edited by Mrs. Coomaraswamy and incorporates new material earmarked for the book by Coomaraswamy himself. Printed Pages: 116 with 44 b/w illustrations. 023542

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15 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Jaina Art
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1994; 8121505399 / 9788121505390; First Indian Edition; Cloth; New; New; 
The present text contributes to our knowledge and understanding of the Jaina paintings and minor arts which are of great interest as being the oldest known Indian paintings on paper. In order to make them fully comprehensible the author first describes and illustrates the actual paintings by a short account to Jainism and of the legends of Mahavira and kalakacarya, which are main subject of the pictures. Beginning with a short account of Jainism, the author depicts the life of Mahavira and other Tirthankaras based on Kalpa Sutra in the first three chapters. Chapter four describes the faithful dealings of the holy monk Kallika with the wicked king Gardabhilla. Chapter five gives in detail the explanation of various terms used in the painting. Chapter six studies the whole cosmos according to the Jainas. The author is very clear in his mind about the artist's creation of aesthetic excellence, described in chapter seven. Chapters eight and nine account for the reproduction given in figures which have been taken from the pages of the Jaina MSS. Abbreviated reference is made in the descriptions facing the plates. Author's cogent and remarkably well-documented writings reveal the masterly pen recording the thought of a great master born to interpret Indian art for all time. Printed Pages: 120 with 65 b/w and 5 four-colour illustrations. 001991

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16 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Mediaeval Sinhalese Art: Being a monograph on mediaeval Sinhalese arts and crafts, mainly as surviving in the eighteenth century, with an account of the structure of society and the status of the Craftsmen
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2003; 8121510929 / 9788121510929; First Indian Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
This book is a record of the work and the life of the craftsman in a feudal society not unlike that of Early Mediaeval Europe. It deals, not with a period of great attainment in fine art, but with a beautiful and dignified scheme of peasant decoration, based upon the traditions of Indian art and craft. Sinhalese art is essentially Indian, but possesses this especial interest, that it is in many ways of an earlier character, and more truly Hindu-though Buddhist in intention, -than any Indian art surviving on the mainland so late as the beginning of the nineteenth century. The minor arts, and the painting, are such as we might expect to have been associated with the culture of Asoka’s time, and the builders of Bharat. The period dealt with I have called Mediaeval; but it must be understood that changes of style in decorative art take place comparatively slowly, and that it is generally impossible to say at a glance whether a given piece of work be of the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth century, or even older or later. Most of the specimens here figured or described date from the latter part of the eighteenth century. Mediaeval conditions survived in full force until the British occupation of Kandy in 1815, and what is actually described in this book is the work of Sinhalese craftsmen under mediaeval conditions, mainly as these survived in the eighteenth century, and, in a less degree, even to the present day. Printed Pages: 360 with 43 b/w plates. 011434

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17 T.G.Aravamuthan; Foreword By Ananda K.Coomaraswamy
Portrait Sculpture in South India
Asian Educational Services; New Delhi, India; 1992; 8120608003 / 9788120608009; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; 
Printed pages: 116 alongwith 34 illustrations and plates. 035970

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18 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Rajput Painting: Being an Account of the Hindu Paintings of Rajasthan and the Panjab Himalayas from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century Described in Their Relation to Contemporary Thought with Texts and Translations, 2 Vols.
B.R. Publishing Corporation; New Delhi, India; 2003; 8176463760 / 9788176463768; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 106 with 76 coloured and b/w plates. 021747

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19 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power in the Indian Theory of Government
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1978; 8121502551 / 9788121502559; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power in the Indian Theory of Government traces the source of Indian Political theory to the words of the marriage formula: "I am that, thou art This, I am sky, thou art Earth." Long ago mankind discovered that institution of state, or something similar to it, alone would ensure their survival. They entrusted their material and spiritual welfare to the king and the priest, the two principal organs of the state. But neither the king nor the priest rose to the expected heights. Of the two, the king proved worse. He, instead of devoting his time and energy for the promotion of their welfare, vigorously pursued "lechery, lechery: still wars and lechery." He forgot that he was bound by duty to protect them from internal revolt and external attack. His actions seldom conformed to the prevailing modes of conduct; his edicts were more for his good and less for his subjects'; he failed to realize that "Peace hath her victories, no less renowned than war." Thus he became at once their hope and despair. Every age witnessed eminent thinkers applying their minds in vain to seek a remedy for this disease. Such was the disgust of Plato that he declared that no solution would emerge "till philosophers become kings in this world." The sages of ancient India solved this enigma by urging a conjunction of the king with the priest, as out of this union would emerge a government based on Dharma which would result in the happiness of the subjects. In this book, the author, with his customary lucidity of language, penetrating insight and thorough scholarship, has thrown light on this problem which, inspite of the passage of time, continues to be relevant to this day. Printed Pages: 94. 014332

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20 Kapila Vatsyayan (ed.); Introduction By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
The Cultural Heritage of India, 7 Vols.
The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture; Kolkata, India; 2007; 8185843015 / 9788185843018; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Set of 7 vols. 022389

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