Friday, 31 December 2010
Dr. Tilottoma Misra was formerly Professor, Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Assam. Covering almost 60 years (since early 1950s) of literary activity, this two-volume anthology includes fiction, poetry, and essays by some of the leading writers from North-East India, comprising the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Offering a judicious selection of writers from three generations of the post-Independence era, the state-wise arrangement allows a comparative analysis of the development of literature in the region. Alongside established practitioners, the anthology includes pioneering works that show a new awareness about the emerging social and intellectual concerns in the region.
- Volume I includes 32 pieces by 31 writers representing some of the best fiction writing from the region. Contemporary issues such as violence perpetrated by various militant outfits and in the form of counter-insurgency operations by the armed forces and human endurance in the light of these are some of the dominant themes of fiction writing included in this volume. Divided into seven sections, in this volume we come across some of the most celebrated practitioners of the genre. In Lummer Dai and Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, we find the first generation of fiction writers from Arunachal Pradesh, who through their writings sensitively questioned the values represented by the traditional institutions that gave little space to the voices of the youth and the women. Alongside these master architects features Mamang Dai, a contemporary literary voice from the region. Including some new translations commissioned especially for the project, the volume comes with a comprehensive Introduction by Tilottoma Misra that traces the roots of the literature of the North-East.
- Volume II is divided into two sections. Arranged state-wise, Section I includes 85 poems by poets who initiated new trends in the modern poetry of the region. Section II includes 15 essays, which range from the philosophical to the analytical and the descriptive, and discuss the various aspects of literature and culture of the region. They deal with the literature and culture of particular ethnic or linguistic groups of the North-East, along with studies that reflect on the different dimensions of the multi-ethnic and multilingual cultures of the region. Including some new translations commissioned especially for the project, the volume comes with a comprehensive Introduction by Tilottoma Misra that traces the roots of the literature of the North-East.
Sunday, 26 December 2010
- In his foreword, John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing calls it “An extraordinary book… No more rectangular framing or unilinear time. No more profiled individuals. Instead, a conference of corporeal experience across generations, full of pain and empathy.”
- Arundhati Roy, author of The God of small things, and activist says “The story of the life of Bhimrao Ambedkar, one of India’s most important thinkers, has been deliberately sidelined for decades. Bhimayana re-tells it in the most unusually beautiful way. It is unforgettable.”
- Joe Sacco, author of Palestine: The artists Durgabai Vyam and Subhash Vyam have dropped most of the West’s and manga’s typical comics conventions and boldly use of their own artistic heritage, the Pardhan Gond tradition, to craft a distinctive graphic biography of one of India’s bravest and greatest leaders, Bhimrao Ambedkar, an ‘untouchable’ and a fierce critic of Gandhi. Heavy in symbolism and motifs, Bhimayana is challenging in all the right ways and still conveys with flair who Ambedkar was and why his revolutionary ideas about the caste system still matter so much to the India of today.”
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
The volume spans all regions of India: from Assam, Meghalaya, and Manipur to Gujarat, and from Kashmir to Kerala. The music of the subcontinent, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka also finds a place.
The book is a result of a vast collaborative effort spanning 12 years and supported by an extended group of around 250 musicians, musicologists, scholars, and teachers of music from India and the world, the Encyclopaedia includes more than 200 photographs from family albums and private collections as well as line drawings of rare instruments. The text and visuals blend to extend our understanding of the many modes and moods of the music of India.
The Sangit Mahabharati is one of India’s premier music academies, established in 1956 in Mumbai by internationally renowned tabla maestro and guru Padma Bhushan Late Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. They enjoy recognition and support from the State and Central governments, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation besides other charitable trust organizations. This first-of-its-kind Encyclopaedia will be indispensable for practicing musicians and students and teachers of Indian music in all its forms.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
For a few glorious decades in the nineteenth century, Bengal would witness a revolution like it never had before, and never would since. It was a revolution of the mind and of a handful of men and women, but it would change the fabric of Indian society irrevocably. It began with a band of Englishmen, led by the brilliant Orientologist, William Jones. Then there was the enigmatic Rammohun Roy who invented a reformed Hinduism called the Brahmo Samaj; and his close friend, David Hare, who conceived the idea of an institution which could teach the youth of Bengal Western thought, an idea that became the Hindu College. There was the ‘poet, philosopher, madman’ Derozio who inspired a generation of youths at the Hindu College; the tempestuous Michael Madhusudan Datta who created new forms of Bengali verse on European lines; and Michael’s well-wisher, the scholar Vidyasagar, who fought fiercely for the cause of Hindu widows and women’s education. There was Bankimchandra, a civil servant who helped create the novel in Indian literature. There were two remarkable women, Rassundari Devi who taught herself to read and write and was the first Indian woman to pen her autobiography; and the ill-fated Toru Dutt who wrote poems and novels in English and French at a time when women could scarcely read. There were Jagadish Bose and Prafulla Chandra Ray, two lonely workers in laughably primitive laboratories who became the frontiersmen of modern Indian science; and Vivekananda, the monk who preached a new form of Vedantism, both at home and abroad. There was, finally, the hypnotic, impossibly gifted Rabindranath Tagore, the very epitome of the Bengal Renaissance, Renaissance personified. Woven into these lives was Calcutta, the ‘second city’ of the British Empire; and a constellation of places of learning. For the first time comes a gripping narrative about the story of the Bengal Renaissance and the extraordinary men and women who were part of it. How did such an astonishing flowering come to take place? And how did it change India? Immaculately researched, told with colour, drama, and passion, Awakening is a stunning achievement.
Subrata Dasgupta is Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Louisiana where he also holds an Eminent Scholar Chair. He has worked for many years on the Bengal Renaissance.
In our History section, in hardcover, 416 pages, Rs. 499. ISBN 9788184001259
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
What happened between 8 and 18 May, 2009 in Eelam? There is no one to tell the stories, but here is the poetry that emerged from the "wounded land-mass" where "no bird is able to fly", where people "ate death". The poets lament the loss of their land, their language and their identity.
All these printed on earthy brown craft paper and priced between Rs 150 and Rs 180. All titles can be ordered online from the Scholars without Borders store.
Friday, 3 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
on 6, 7, 8 December 2010 • 9.30 am – 6 pm
at Muktadhara, 18–19 Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi
The line-up of speakers is impressive:
Abdul Haleem Siddiqui, Anupam Gupta, Anwar Rajan, Aparna Bhat, Asad Hayat, Ashok Dutta, Attique Hussain, B.A. Desai, Father Prasad, Hasan Kamal, Hosbet Suresh, Irfan Habib, Jaya Menon, K.M. Shrimali M.K. Raina, Manoj Mitta, Maulana Azhari Mihir Desai, P.B. Sawant, Parvez Parvaaz, Prabhat Patnaik, Prashant Bhushan, Pushpa M. Bhargava, R.C. Thakran, Rajeev Dhavan, Rajinder Sachar, Ram Punyani, Ram Rahman, Ramesh Dixit, Ramesh Rawat, Ravi Kiran Jain, Roop Rekha Verma, S. Nadeem Ali Rezavi, S.H.A. Raza, Sandeep Pande, Shafibhai, Sheetla Singh, Sherifa Daud, Shireen Moosvi, Shiv Sunder, Siddharth Varadarajan, Smita Gupta, Sreedhar, Supriya Verma, Teesta Setalvad, Vidya Subramaniam, Yugal Kishore, Zoya Hasan.
You can download the detailed programme below:
The study of Cambodian religion has long been hampered by a lack of easily accessible scholarship. This impressive new work by Ian Harris thus fills a major
Beginning with a coherent history of the presence of religion in the country from its inception to the present day, the book goes on to furnish insights into the distinctive nature of Cambodia's important yet overlooked manifestation of Theravada Buddhist tradition and to show how it reestablished itself following almost total annihilation during the Pol Pot period. Historical sections cover the dominant role of tantric Mahayana concepts and rituals under the last great king of Angkor, Jayavarman VII (1181–c. 1220); the rise of Theravada traditions after the collapse of the Angkorian civilization; the impact of foreign influences on the development of the nineteenth-century monastic order; and politicized Buddhism and the Buddhist contribution to an emerging sense of Khmer nationhood. The Buddhism practiced in Cambodia has much in common with parallel traditions in Thailand and Sri Lanka, yet there are also significant differences. The book concentrates on these and illustrates how a distinctly Cambodian Theravada developed by accommodating itself to premodern Khmer modes of thought.
Following the overthrow of Prince Sihanouk in 1970, Cambodia slid rapidly into disorder and violence. Later chapters chart the elimination of institutional Buddhism under the Khmer Rouge and its gradual reemergence after Pol Pot, the restoration of the monastic order's prerevolutionary institutional forms, and the emergence of contemporary Buddhist groupings.
In our Religion section, from MRML. In hardcover, 402 pages, Rs 1095, ISBN: 9788121512176