Look Inside

Volume 35 Number 1, December 1981

Volume 35 Number 1

Heritage of Karnataka

From the Editor

Vestiges of Buddhist Art
S. Nagaraju

Jaina Centres of Worship
Saryu Doshi and A. Sundara

The Hindu Heritage
L.K. Srinivasan

Traditions in Paintings
B.V.K. Sastry

The Islamic Legacy
Catherine B. Asher

Monuments of Tipu Sultan
Radhika Sabavala

The Roman Presence
M.S. Nagaraja Rao

Illustrated Manuscripts
Saryu Doshi

Votive Stupa from Mahim
A.P. Jamkhedkar

Leather Puppets
M.S. Nanjunda Rao

Book Reviews

From the Editor [Editorial]
Doshi, Saryu
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 2-4

A brief account of the myths, history, literature, religious beliefs, and arts of Karnataka.

Vestiges of Buddhist Art
Nagaraju, S.
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 5-14 [Also in Homage to Karnataka edited by Saryu Doshi; Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1982; pp. 25-34]

A study of the sculptures and inscriptions in Karnataka belonging to the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana phases of Buddhism, and the causes of the decline of Buddhism in Karnataka.

Jaina Centres of Worship
Doshi, Saryu and Sundara, A.
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 15-30 [Also in Homage to Karnataka edited by Saryu Doshi; Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1982; pp. 35-50]

The important centres of Jainism in Karnataka are Shravana-Belgola, Mudbidri, and Humcha. The article discusses the religious activities, sculptures, and monuments at each of these sites.

The Hindu Heritage
Srinivasan, L.K.
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 31-62 [Also in Homage to Karnataka edited by Saryu Doshi; Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1982; pp. 51-82]

A chronological study of the Hindu architecture and sculptures in Karnataka belonging to the Maurya, Satavahana, Kadamba, Chalukya, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Nolamba, Hoysala, Nayaka, and Wodeyar periods.

Traditions in Painting
Sastry, B.V.K.
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 63-70 [Also in Homage to Karnataka edited by Saryu Doshi; Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1982; pp. 83-90]

The painting tradition in Karnataka is reflected in the murals in the Badami caves, the inscriptional and literary references to painting, and the murals, icons, thematic paintings, and illustrated manuscripts of the Vijayanagar and post-Vijayanagar periods.

The Islamic Legacy
Asher, Catherine B.
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 71-86 [Also in Homage to Karnataka edited by Saryu Doshi; Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1982; pp. 91-106]

The legacy of Karnataka's Islamic dynasties includes some of India's most magnificent mosques, tombs, palaces, and forts. The article discusses the architecture of these monuments, which are largely located in Bidar, Bijapur, and Gulbarga, and were constructed under the Bahmanis, Baridis, Adi Shahis, Khaljis, and Tughluqs.

Monuments of Tipu Sultan
Sabavala, Radhika
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 87-92 [Also in Homage to Karnataka edited by Saryu Doshi; Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1982; pp. 107-112]

Discusses the architectural features of the monuments at Srirangapatnam: the fort, Ranganatha temple, Darya Daulat Palace, Jumma Masjid, and the Gumbaz or mausoleum of Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan. The Darya Daulat Palace has its walls, ceilings, pillars, and arches painted with geometrical, floral, and figural motifs.

The Roman Presence
Rao, M.S. Nagaraja
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 93-95

Numismatic, terracotta, and sculptural evidences clearly show that there was a flourishing trade and commerce between Karnataka and the Roman empire, and also indicate the physical presence of the Romans in Karnataka during the early centuries CE.

Illustrated Manuscripts
Doshi, Saryu
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 96-97

Described are a painted wooden book-cover and a paper manuscript of the Bhagavata Dashamaskandha. Both these illustrated manuscripts are dated to c. 1800-1850, and in the collection of the Karnataka Historical Research Society, Dharwad.

Votive Stupa from Mahim
Jamkhedkar, A.P.
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, p. 98

A votive stupa discovered in Mahim (Mumbai) is described, and dated to the 13th century.

Leather Puppets
Vol. 35 Issue no. 1, December 1981, After p. 102 [Also in Homage to Karnataka edited by Saryu Doshi; Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1982; pp. 147-155]

Marg reproduces a portfolio of leather puppets from Karnataka. The text discusses the origins of the art, the styles and techniques of the puppets, and their themes and performance.

Book Reviews
Vol. 35 No. 1, December 1981, pp. 99–102

Indian Numismatics by D. D. Kosambi, reviewed by M.K. Hussain; Indian Miniature Painting by M. S. Randhawa, reviewed by A.S. Munshi; Pushpa Bharathi Flower Arrangements of India by Dhanalaxmi Fordyce, reviewed by Sheilaja Mafatlal.