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In Praise of Early Buddhist Art (Editorial)

Title:In Praise of Early Buddhist Art (Editorial)
Author:Anand, Mulk Raj
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 9 Issue no. 1; December 1955, p. 2-6
Abstract:Marg brought out this special issue on Buddhist art to mark the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, and to indicate the relevance of the Buddha's teachings in the present era of conflict and dissension. Buddhist art, founded upon the people's participation and dedication towards common belief, fused the strands of indigenous folk tradition with the three-dimensional technique which came from outside into the Mauryan court. The Buddhist art tradition spread in two directions: from Bharhut to the valley of Mahiyar, Patna, Sarnath, Rajgir, Nalanda, and Bodhgaya; and through the Satavahana kingdom to the Deccan, Western Ghats and upto Madhya Bharat. The monuments of the Satavahana period -- the early gateways at Sanchi (1st century BCE), the monasteries of the Western Ghats, the early cave temples of the Deccan, and the first panels of Amaravati -- exhibit a mastery of the knowledge of human life, and the organization of its forms into giant works, and should inspire our people to build an equivalent contemporary grandeur while assimilating modern technical influences.

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