Cultural Communication through Ajanta Caves- Book by Dr. M. Ramadevi


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

  • 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.


In this research-led book, 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.

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

Subjects: 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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