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Buddhist Paintings of Tun-Huang

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: Lokesh Chandra is an internationally renownedscholar of Tibetan, Mongolian and Sino- Japanese Buddhism. A prolific writer, he has to his credit 600 works,including critical editions of classical texts in Sanskrit, Tibetan,Mongolian, Chinese and Old Javanese language. Among them are classics like the Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, Buddhist Iconography of Tibet and the Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography in 15 volumes. Lokesh Chandra was nominated by the President of India to the Parliament in 1974- 80, and again in 1980-86. He has been Vice- President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research. Presently he is Director, International Academy of Indian Culture.And Nirmala Sharma is an Art Historian and Professor of Buddhist studies at the International Academy of Indian Culture, New Delhi. She is working on the project of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on “Iconography of the mandalas of the Dukhang of Alchi”. She has two masters degree, one in Fine Arts and the other in Ancient Indian History Culture andArchaeology and her PhD thesis is on the Ragamala paintings. She has also been a senior fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies. With 27 years of teaching experience at the post graduate level, she has delivered lectures on Indian Art and Culture to IFS probationers at New Delhi, School of International Studies, Nirma University, Russian Centre for Science and Culture to students of Osaka in India. She has read papers in Indonesia on the Borobudur, on the Roerichs at Moscow, on Buddhist sculptures at Budapest, at the Dunhuang Academy and in several places in India. She is a member of The Association of British Scholars and the Programme Advisory committee at the IGNCA and has travelled extensively to Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Indonesia, Russia, Hungary, China and Central Asia (Silk Route), and Taiwan to attend seminars and conduct field studies. Her books include Kumarajiva: The Transcreator of Buddhist Chinese Diction, Bamiyan, Hariti and Kindred Iconics, The Twin Mandalas of Vairocana in Japanese Iconography, and Ragamala Paintings

: Tun-Huang is the dream child of the Avatamsaka tradition of contemplation as it unfolded in Bamiyan. This richly illustrated book examines the Tun-Huang Buddhist cave paintings at the National Museum in New Delhi

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