Books on Indian Art are mainly written for scholars in the academic world and that kind of makes them inaccessible to the general public. In my opinion this is also a reason why most of us do not understand and hence appreciate the rich aesthetic traditions of ancient India. There is a strong need to bridge the gap between scholarly knowledge and what the layperson needs to know about Indian Art and how it evolved over a period of time.
In this textbook styled book, author Prof Vidya Dehejia – a well know art historian, tries to bridge the gap to a large extent. Taking the reader chronologically through the long history of India or Indian subcontinent, she gives a glimpse of the vast spectrum that can be explored with ample aid of pictures that help the reader visualize what the author explains. Its a journey of Indian Art through the ages. Continue reading