AJANTA CAVE PAINTINGS
the many-splendoured delights of Ajanta compiled by Subramanian Swaminathan
e-mail: sswami99@gmail.com
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September 2007

Location of Ajanta

The caves of Ajanta are situated in the district of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. Ajanta is about 100 km by road from Aurangabad and
about 60 km from Jalgaon.



An extended stay at Aurangabad would be rewarding, as the equally important caves are only about 30 km away.



The possible explanation for the monastic establishment at Ajanta is its proximity to the ancient trade routes.

Period of Excavation, Patronage, Re-discovery
Layout of the Caves, Enchanting views of the caves
Rock-cut Architecture
Sculptures
Themes
Composition
Painting Technique & Tradition
Producing Depth & Relief
Painting & Dance, Unique relation in Indian art
Painting & Sculpture, Another unique relation
Symbolism in Indian Art
Body postures (sthana-s)
Draughtmanship
Portrayal of Women
Depiction of Movement
Humour
Musical Heritage
Contemporary Fashion
Ceiling Paintings
Phases of Ajanta Art
Inspiration at Home & Abroad
The end of the Ajanta epoch
The creative period of Ajanta ended as mysteriously as it had begun. Some of the unfinished caves, which were quite obviously abandoned unexpectedly, show that the emigration took place over a comparatively short span of time.
Ananda Coomaraswamy says ...
The frescoes of Ajanta preserve an infinitely precious record of the golden age of Indian painting.

This is the picture of a halcyon age, where renunciation and enjoyment are perfectly attuned, an art at once of utmost intimacy and reserve.



Every gesture springs in godlike fashion directly from the natural dispositions of the mind........


Literature on Ajanta Paintings and related Subjects
Mr.Swaminathan has made use of material from the following books


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