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Banaras, The Heritage City of India (Geography, History and Bibliography)


Author Rana P.B. Singh
Publisher Indica Books
Language English
Edition 2008
ISBN 81-86569-85-5
Pages 457
Cover Hard Cover
Size 14 x 2 x 22 (l x w x h)
Item Code IB0076
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Banaras The Heritage City Of India This book describes various facets of geography, history and heritage of Varanasi, the heritage city of India, on/about which a vast historical literature is available. The section on Geography covers the general background of the topography, climate, soils, vegetation, and human landscape. The History section gives a general brief outline of history, from the ancient to the modern, including a chronological chart. The issue of inscribing the heritage-scapes, especially of the riverfront ghats, on the line of UNESCO Heritage criteria, has also been fully described.

The Bibliography, by far the most complete up to day, contains 1272 entries classified into 16 groups: Books, mostly in English; Research papers & essays; Persian works; Urdu sources: Sanskrit sources; Books/articles in Hindi: Marathi sources; Bengali sources; Published reports/Government documents; Electronic publications; Films (English); Japanese sources; Unpublished dissertations; Unpublished reports; Unpublished reports (Varanasi: Inscribing Heritage Zones for WHL UNESCO); Unpublished (Under-graduate) fieldwork projects. This book will serve as a major resource for Banaras studies, urban history, cultural geography, and heritage studies, and can also be used as model frame for similar heritage cities in other parts of the world.

Prof. Rana P.B. Singh (b. 1950), PhD (1974), Professor of Cultural Geography & Heritage Studies since January 1999 at Banaras Hindu University, has been involved in studying, performing and promoting heritage planning, sacred geography and cultural astronomy, pilgrimage studies, eco-tourism and development in the Varanasi region for the last three decades, as consultant, project director, collaborator and organiser. He is widely recognized as one of the main authorities on the city of Banaras.


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