CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction; 2. Epicentres of Early Indian Sculptural Art; 3. Routes of Transmission; 4. The Western Coastland; 5. The Southern Coastland; 6. The Eastern Coastland; 7. Spread of Art Overseas; 8. Indianization of South-East Asia: A New Perspective; 9. Conclusion.
This classical schools of Indian sculptural art which blossomed at Mathura, Gandhara and Sarnath in the first half of the first millennium CE, have becomes axioms in the study of early sculptural art can be complete without allusion to one or other of the schools. This attempt to show that the coastlands, while influenced by the great schools of art, were nevertheless cultural melting pots in their own right, often transcending the art of the interiors. As staging areas of long distance maritime exchanges, the Indian coastlands have long mediated between far civilization of the Indian Ocean world (Egyptian, Arabian, Persian, East Africana and Southeast Asian) and the Indic cultural a sphere. The coastland are viewed as cross-cultural realms, places most conducive for absorption of new idea and for syncretic manifestation.