The Making of the Awadh Culture

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Primus Books, 2010 - History - 314 pages
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This book's strength lies in its profound deployment of evidence scattered in a variety of primary and secondary sources, especially in the Persian and Urdu languages, in its study of visuals and artefacts, as well as of the performance traditions and craft techniques which are derived from the period. It also discusses how under the fostering care of the naw'bs, Awadh came to epitomize all that was magnificent, refined, and cosmopolitan, and Lucknow emerged as a cultural node during the nineteenth century. It also traces how the rulers of Awadh presided over the creation of the Shi'a heritage in northern India which had strong associations with Indian cultural traditions. Highlighting the literary milieu of the period, and the developments in the realm of music, painting, architecture, and the industrial arts, this volume also explores how some of the arts and crafts assumed considerable European colour due to the interaction between Europeans and the Awadh elite, and demonstrates how the ethos of the syncretic Indo-Persian culture, the renowned ganga-jamun tahz'b that represented Persian aesthetics and Indian cultural values, remained intact.

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Received this book from Infibeam just now. It has a list of 32 illustrations / plates, in the beginning of the book. But not a single illustration / plate actually exists within the book. Now whom to contact? Infibeam, or the author, or the publisher, Primus Books? Incidentally, the website of the Publisher no longer exists, and the domain name, is up for sale.  


Capital as Cultural Centre
Crucible of Shia Culture in northern india
The literary Culture
Musical arts
awadh Painting
nawabī Architecture
industrial arts

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Dr Madhu Trivedi is Associate Professor in the Department of History, School of Open Learning, University of Delhi. She has published several papers on art and culture, especially on the history of musical arts, in medieval north India.

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