CONTENTS:- Chapter I: Background Chapter II: Previous References Chapter III: Archaeological Remains at Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri
Orissa has been the Cinderella o Indian archaeological exploration. For historical reasons the descision-makers deterred the spad of the archaeologists. Nonetheless, the occasional foray into the field threw a flood of light on the hitherto hidden historical, religious and artistic traditions of the state. The excavation conducted by the Archaeological survey of India from 1997 to 2000 at Udayagiri was epoch-making. It unearthed a grand monastry with magnificant shirines and unique architectural features like a true Indian arch which ancient Indian architecture refuse to use. The author who headed the excavation has written this book mainly for the identification of the general reader. His mastry of art history aids him not only in bringing out the aesthetic tradition but also in tracing the varied artistic currents which the great Orissan artists assimilated and transformed.