written by Dr. Harsh V. Dehejia
V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in medicine and the
other in Ancient Indian Culture both from the University of
Mumbai in India. He is also a member of the Royal College
of Physicians of Glasgow and London and of the Royal College
of Physicians of Canada, all by examination. He is a practicing
Physician and Adjunct Professor of Indian Studies in the College
of Humanities of Carleton University.
Advaita of Art (published
by Motilal Banarasidass): This inquiry is an undertaking to
demonstrate that aesthetic experience in the classical Indian tradition,
on its own merit, without being subordinated to rituals and practices
commonly held under the rubric of religion, is capable of providing
a transcendent experience to a prepared aesthete. The Advaita of
Art, Dr. Dehejia argues, is a joyous celebration of affirmation
and assertion and not negation.
by Motilal Banarasidass): In Parvatidarpana, Harsha V. Dehejia
exposits the basic tenets of Kashmir Shaivism through the celebrated
marriage of Shiva and Parvati and the image of Ardhanarishvara.
Enjoyment of the mythic marriage and the image leads to a greater
understanding of Kashmir Shaivism, and the epistemology of this
philosophical system in turn leads the aesthete to a greater celebration
of the arts inspired by this mythic event.
Despair and Modernity (published
by Motilal Banarasidass): Dehejia has tried to create a place
within the main frame of culture and philosophy of Indian art for
a legitimate analytic theory called despair. He creates a space
for the modern within Indian classicism, by negotiating the philosophy
of despair in classical terms. As a result the basic schism that
has grown in recent years between the philosophy and history of
traditional arts, is today closer to being breached.
Of The Pipal Tree
by Motilal Banarasidass):
Aesthetic Reflections of Some Hindu Myths and Symbols. Harsha Dehejia
offers a refreshingly new look at some come Hindu myths and symbols.
In his aesthetically charged and non-theistic style he offers a
new way of looking at them. The book is profusely illustrated.
Goddess Of Love
(published by Mapin): A reader's review on Amazon.com —
This is an elegant book. It is at once philosophical, poetic,
and visually stunning. The text and images beautifully complement
each other. After reading this book, I not only appreciated the
richness of the Parvati tradition, but also of the Hindu artistic
and philosophical tradition. Never again will I look at work of
Indian art as merely beautiful at a sensory level. Hindu art exists
harmoniously within a cultural, philosophical, and literary context,
as does this wonderful book.
Lotus And The Flute: Romantic Moments in Poetry and Painting
(published by Mapin): Romantic Moments in Indian Poetry
and Painting. Harsha Dehejia covers five hundred years of the rich
tradition in miniature painting as he traces the evolution of romantic
poetry from the sacred to the secular and from ancient to the medieval.
The book is profusely illustrated with paintings from his personal
Lotus And The Flute' was awarded the first Shastri Award of the
Indian High Commission for the best book on India
by a Canadian in 2004. It was also given the Raja Rao award
for the most significant contribution to South Asian writing from
Krishna: Sensuous Images and Sacred Words
(published by Mapin): Harsha Dehejia recreates the dashama
skanda of the Bhagavata Purana with paintings collected from around
the world dating back to the 15th century. The text in Devnagari
has been calligraphed and there is a new English translation, and
the book is produced in the ancient 'pothi' format.
Krishna has been nominated for the Coomaraswamy award in
India for the best book of 2005.
Celebration Of Love: The Romantic Heroine in the Indian Arts
(published by Mapin): Harsha Dehejia heads a team of more
than thirty scholars from around the world as they celebrate the
romantic heroine in the Indian tradition.