Temple Architecture and Imagery of South and Southeast Asia: Prasadanidhi: Papers Presented to Professor M.A. Dhaky

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This volume is a tribute to Professor M.A. Dhaky’s profound and influential scholarship by an international community of well-known scholars in the field of South and Southeast Asian temple art and architecture. The thirty-two essays that make this book unfold many layers of the temples’ imagery, taking a broad view and traversing religious, cultural, and temporal boundaries.

At the same time as these types of are rooted in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Cambodia, and Vietnam also figure prominently. Preceded by valuable insights into M.A. Dhaky’s encyclopaedic writings, the volume is configured along six sub-themes inspired by his contributions to the discipline.

These include the architectonics of temples, their varied materials and milieus, stylistics, patronage and transregional connections; studies of architectural elements in culture-specific contexts; inter-relationships between sculpture and architecture in the temple’s larger narrative; the embodiment of cult icons; other non-cultic manifestations on the temple; ritual observances and performance traditions.

Several of the essays move out and in of M.A. Dhaky’s writings, building upon themes addressed by him, extending his how one can newer materials, regions, and time-frames, and charting fresh paths that extend the orbit of temple studies. Scholars and interested readers will find in this volume a thoughtful and cohesive number of the most contemporary and insightful research on art historical aspects of South and Southeast Asian temples by the finest minds engaged in the field.

About the Authors – Parul Pandya Dhar, Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi, makes a speciality of the history of ancient and medieval Indian architecture and sculpture and artistic exchange between South and Southeast Asia. An Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Indian Art History, Germany (2007-08), she has developed and taught specialized courses at the intersection of art and history at post-graduate and research levels. Her academic commitment to visual art histories is complemented by years of training, performances, and lecture-demonstrations in classical Indian dance in India and out of the country. Her books include The Tora a in Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture (2010, authored), Indian Art History: Changing Perspectives (2011, edited), and Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected Histories (2014, co-edited) among other research writings and projects.

Gerd J.R. Mevissen is an independent researcher affiliated to the Asian Art Museum, Berlin, Germany. He studied Architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin (Dipl.-Ing. Arch., 1974-80), and Indian Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin (M.A., 1985-90). He served as Lecturer at the former Institut für Indische Philologie und Kunstgeschichte (Institute unjustifiably discontinued), Freie Universität Berlin (1990-95), and as Assistant Curator at the former Museum für Indische Kunst, Berlin (2000-02). He’s executive editor of the research journals Berliner Indologische Studien (since 1995) and Indo-Asiatische Zeitschrift (since 1997), has edited several volumes of collected papers (since 1991), and published about 70 studies on aspects of ancient Indian art and iconography (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain), that specialize in systematic documentation of groups of minor deities.

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