Dr. Harsh V. Dehejia
Physician and Adjunct Professor of Indian Studies in
the College of Humanities of Carleton University

Books written by Dr. Harsh V. Dehejia

About the Author

Harsha 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.

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The 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.

Parvatidarpana (published 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.

Leaves Of The Pipal Tree (published 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.

Parvati, 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.

The 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 collection.

'The 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 the diaspora.

Celebrating 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.

Celebrating Krishna has been nominated for the Coomaraswamy award in India for the best book of 2005.

A 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.

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