Ajanta Caves - The Book


Dr. M. Ramadevi

In this research-led work, Dr. Ramadevi studies the socio-cultural perspectives enmeshed in the micro aspects of Ajanta art. Emphasizing the significance of Jataka tales as the core of an evolving Buddhist philosophy, the book foregrounds a new approach of studying Ajanta caves as the site and carrier of cultural communication. Encompassing a holistic understanding of material cultures, murals and tales in Ajanta, the author reflects on art as a means of communication to spread the ethos of culture and tradition.



Scholars, Researchers, and Students.
Subject Area: Cultural studies, Buddhism.
Academic Level: All levels
The first full-length volume to study Ajanta caves as a medium of cultural communication through an analysis of Jataka tales.
Breaking away from architectural and iconographic frameworks, this book highlights cultural continuities and convergence of Ajanta caves through socio-cultural communication.

About the Author

Smt. M. Ramadevi is a visiting faculty at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. Born in 1948, she won the Ranjanikar Award for Reporting and Editing in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Her unquenchable quest for knowledge saw her enrolling for a Ph. D. in Journalism and she was awarded a doctoral degree in 2008 at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad.


LCCN 2015960028 | ISBN-10: 0-9971402-9-1 | ISBN 978-0-9971402-9-3 (hardcover)


LCC BQ239.I42 R36 2016 (print) | LCC BQ239.I42 (ebook) | DDC: 181.043–dc23.


LCSH: Ajanta Caves (India) | Buddhist antiquities–India–Ajanta Caves. | Tipitka. Suttapitaka. Khuddakanikāya. Jātaka. | Communication and culture. | Communication—Religious aspects–Buddhism. | BISAC: RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology. | RELIGION / Buddhism/ General. | RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology. | ART / Asian / Indian & South Asian.


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