Cultural Landscapes and the Lifeworld : Literary Images of Banaras
Author: Rana P.B. Singh
literary images of Banaras : based on the writings of Kabir, Tulasi, Mirza Ghalib, Bhartendu Harishchandra, Rudra Kashikeya, Bhishma Sahni, Raja Rao, Shivprasad Singh, Abdul Bismillah, Kashinath Singh, Pankaj Mishra
This book expounds in a colourful way the diverse literary images that Banaras, the city known as the Cultural Capital ofIndia and the holiest city for Hindus, has inspired and continues to inspire in different writers in the course of history. Few other cities in the world have so sparked the imagination ofthe artists as this paradoxical and undescribable city whichseems to integrate all contradictions.Kabir, Tulasi Das, Mirza Ghalib, Bhartendu Harishchandra,Rudra Kashikeya, Bishma Sahni, Raja Rao, Shivprasad Singh,Abdul Bismillah, Kashinath Singh and Pankhaj Mishra, allwrote about the Banaras of their time or of the past. Rana P.B.Singh, an undisputed authority on the city of Banaras, analyses their literary images and the cultural traditions described therein, interpreting them in the purview of cultural symbols and lived traditions which have maintained their continuity since the ancient past.