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SYNOPSIS OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA

1.INSPIRATION:
After writing books after books on Indian aesthetics, I was privileged to write more on Indian aesthetics. For overflowing knowledge of the Indian aesthetics, I conceived the idea of preparing the Encyclopaedia on this topic, and hope to see the sunlight in the 60th year of independence. The topic of aesthetics is of inter-disciplinary nature which covers the vast vista of different studies covering the past of Indian civilization, sub-cultures, religions, philosophies, cultural anthropology, psycho-analysis, archaeology, ethnography and ethnology, Indian psychology , art-history, cultural-history, numismatics, linguistics, useful as well as fine arts, plastic, pictorial and performing . Moreover, aesthetics mirrors the social life of every historical period. Human-behaviour and experiences and artistic creation and appreciation including the symbolic meaning and emotional effect of various images. It is closely related to art-criticism by examining the standards used in evaluation and criticism. Its value lies in understanding of the actual natures, functions and effects of art. It does not ignore the subject of beauty in the hierarchy. For defining beauty, it takes resort to semantic problems of linguistic branch. Aesthetics as such nevertheless, it demands the comprehensive study in the form of interpretations which are possible only through giving articles of different Aestheticians of India and by compiling them in the form of Encyclopaedia.
 
2. MATERIAL CONTAINED IN THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA :
(a) All the schools of temple-architecture and other shrines of different religions of India ; indigenous and foreign churches, mosques, gurudvaras, fire-places of Parsee, and Armenian Churches, all have been given with aesthetic analysis. (b) Iconography of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and other religions of India, with their canonical norms and Aestheticism are explained. Terracotta art since the age of Indus-valley civilization and their main centers in the country with the innovational modes of modernism. (c) All the schools of sculpture have been analyzed aesthetically. (d) Music, including instrumental and dance with different Gharanas, instrumentalists and dancers are accomplished in this Encyclopaedia. (e) Art of cinema, its method of production and techniques, and radio and television as mass-media of art and Aesthetics are included here. (f) All the vernacular literatures with special emphasis on the Saint literatures of north, south, east and west are included. From Bharata- Natya-Sastra to descriptions of poeticians until 17th century together with their Sanskit, Prakrta and Pali commentaries are mentioned in the Encyclopaedia. (g) All the media of art and craft, graphic art, photography, mythology of all regions with their symbology, all the philosophies joined hand and hand with the art-forms of India have been given. (h) The artistic connections of the Greater India with the north, south, east and western countries are also shown with the art-history of different periods. (i) All the museums of India and foreign countries, which house diverse Indian art, have been enumerated in it. (j) Company-art, Bazaar-art and other ancillary art-forms of India are compiled in it. (k) Since Vedas to Mughal period upto the modern-period, calligraphy, numismatics, epigraphy, ethnography, and inscriptional records of art, have been recorded. (l) All the schools of paintings (with all its multi-media) since rock or cave paintings together with the biographies of the prominent painters with canonical texts are described. (m) Foreign and Indian indologists, and their contributions to Indian art-forms and aesthetics are highlighted in it. (n) All the ancient Indian universities which were actively involved in the art of India. (o) All the travelers: Greek, Roman, European, Chinese, and Arabian, are highlighted for their contribution towards Indian arts. (p) Foreign artists who contributed to different art-forms of India, are mentioned with their biographical notes. (q) Woollen and silken carpets, embroideries of all the regions of India are described together with other textiles like Calico and Brocade preparation of regional Saris. (r) Jewellery of India. (s) Different varieties of puppet-making of India, Paper-Mache work (t) Festivals and ceremonies of different Samskaras where art are performed. (u) Dresses, weaponry, shoes, lamps, flags - every symbolical creation of the country, have been enumerated. (v) Computer art and animation in India, HMV records, and symbol of dog therein has been deciphered with cartoon-art and its derivation from rustic-art (w) Toy-making with regional impacts, and indoor-games invented by Indian tradition to teach ethics to children while playing, has been elaborated. (x) Yoga-psychology with the Indian dream-theories derived from different philosophical systems is given with psycho-analysis. (y) Classical Sanskrit literature, Sangam literature and English literature of India also gain ground here.
 
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