Cultural Ecology Prehistory and Ethno-Archaeological Context
of Indian Rock Art with Emphasis on North-Eastern States
Bansi Lal Malla
2017, xvi+158, Size 22 cm x 28cm,
ISBN-978-81-7305-582-9 Rs. 2850
About the book
human life are inseparable. Indian thought currents, values and ethics
have always had reverence for all that existed in nature, so much so
that it evolved a concept that all that is alive, from plants to
animal and human species, belong to a single family (Vasudhaiva
Kutumbakam). They have all originated from a common source and are
interdependent. The same worldview has found its reflection in Indian
art, both in vernacular and classical traditions.
Rock art, being the earliest expression of human aesthetic desire and
is an important cultural marker having multifaceted dimensions,
together with its allied subjects. It is an intricate and complex
domain covering material and cognitive aspects of culture. A
multidisciplinary approach is being advocated to decode and understand
it in all its dimensions. To study the prehistory of the North-East in
this context becomes equally important.
The objective of the present volume is to delve deep into the recent
prehistoric and historic investigations carried out by various eminent
scholars in this region. In fact, it is an explanatory attempt to
broadly trace the origin and antiquity of prehistory and rock art of
North-East India. The present volume is divided into two sections.
First section gives an account of the cultural dimensions of ecology
and rock art of the North-Eastern states; second section has dealt
with the cultural context and rock art of the rest of India.
The papers included in the volume highlight the immense potential that
rock art possesses in unraveling the mysteries of the past. The data
and the interpretations put forward by various scholars are
comprehensive and analytical. Most of their views are appropriate and
hold good promise in terms of recent trends in rock art research. This
illustrated volume aims to boost and promote the importance of the
rock art research, particularly in North-East India.