Announcing the Book Launch of Dr. Sushma Ahuja's new book:
SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM : FEMALE FIGURINE IN TEMPLE ART
This book is a comprehensive Iconographic, Aesthetic, Artistic study of the Female Figurine of the temples of Hadoti, Ellora and Khajuraho.
It describes in detail the temples sculptures through a comparative analysis of their contents and techniques.
It traces the development of symbolic imagery, the artistic tradition of that site while at the same time to highlight those statues or panels which are most authentic piece of art of its own style and the symbol of Shakti or female power.
This book brings forward the glimpses of India's rich cultural Heritage and the manifestation of Shakti- the powerful Goddess.
Mahishasurmardini Durga should be your role model ! - Dr. Sushma Ahuja
This work is the outcome of sincere and hard work of Dr. Sushma Ahuja who has studied the sculptures from temples of Hadoti and Khajuraho and rock cut temples of Ellora. It is interesting to read the descriptions of art styles of sculptures where the author has given minute details of significant features of development of various forms and creative genius of artists in embellishing temples of different phases of Indian history. Mahishasurmardini and goddesses in the temples, represent the empowerment of women and simultaneously inculcates the feeling among the worshippers and visitors to the temples to develop respect and admiration towards matri-shakti. Besides the female deities, human and semi-divine female figurines also form part of the study who all are capable of inspiring general people, more directly than just going through the religious texts which describe their significance. Dr. Ahuja has covered three areas which represent some of the finest works of art and architecture and has also made the correct choice for study and comparative analysis of Brahminical, Buddhist and Jaina traditions in Indian art. Besides studying the sculptured panels, this work also enriches one’s knowledge about the historical developments including religious, socio-economic and cultural scenario attached with the creative genius of Indian artists and their wonderful creation. I congratulate her for dedicated hard work in bringing out this book which I am sure, would be liked by the scholars and lay readers alike in understanding the intricacies and elegant heritage of the country.
Mr. B. R. Mani
I am happy to know that Dr. Sushma Ahuja is going to publish her new book:
Prof. Neelima Singh
Dr. Sushma Ahuja is a hard working student, sincere lecturer, good administrator as Principal of College, an excellent course coordinator and a great learner. The comparative study presented here by Dr. Sushma is based on her sincere research work, careful analysis and is with a new perspective that female power has various aspects, as described in the art of temples. Her work has been appreciated and she serves as an inspiration to all. Her extraordinary work speaks for itself the dedication and devotion towards our glorious past.
Dr. Jagat Narayan Director,
Glimpse from book :
About the Author
DR. SUSHMA AHUJA