An attempt is made in this work to present the Female form in all its dimensions.
The approach is interpretative and appreciative but in doing so the Aesthetic Values have not been overlooked.
It is a comprehensive Study of the Woman as depicted in the Art of the Ancient Deccan through various roles in life, Her tender emotions, her attractive Movements and her lofty aspirations.
The female Sculptures appearing on the Walls of the Sacred Temples Demand their legitimate dues. The rich imagination, the almost perfect skills of the artists and the implied significance of the themes carved remain to be looked into. An attempt is therefore made in this work to enrich the study of the female form and its symbolism by including a detailed study of the Ashtanayikas and Surasundaris, which have generally escaped the attention of art historians. In addition an entire section, which deals with the emotional responses of women, caught in different situations and moods add rich colors to the entire presentation. Name any emotion and it is there, be it anxiety, grief, anger, jealously, bashfulness and love, presenting the inner World of woman which important categories of texts, such as Religious and Legal are habituated to ignore.
More than 100 photographs and the equal number of sketches enhance the value of the work. It is hoped that the work will be both interesting and informative for the discerning readers.