The Museum receives hundreds of visitors, including those from abroad, some of who come to get a taste of the
Buddhist art and culture that is housed here & other places of the Country. These visitors including researchers
and academicians who look for a vibrant platform to get information about the various facets of Buddhism and
When I joined as Director General of this museum, it is pleaded by many along with Shri Sanjib Kumar Singh
that there should be a handy book on Buddhism and its related art; I strongly felt that there was a need to have a
publication that encapsulates everything related to Buddhism besides giving reliable information on the
subject. After a series of deliberations' we decided to come up with a publication on 'Buddha, Buddhism and
Buddhist Art'. The task was assigned to a dedicated team of curators and academic experts. Shri Sanjib
Kumar Singh, a trained Archaeologist and Museologist were given the responsibility of bringing out the
publication. He was the curator of the exhibition 'Buddhist Treasures in the National Museum Collection 'and
planner, coordinator & conceptualize of an exhibition 'Buddhist Art of India' sent to Seoul, South Korea
(RoK) beside many other exhibitions including the latest exhibition 'The Jewels of India: The Nizam s
Jewellery Collection'. Dr Anasua Das (Sengupta) former curatorial member of the Indian Museum, Kolkata
was a natural pick up. She was also been instrumental to organize an exhibition 'Buddhist Art of India' of
Indian Museum; Kolkata that was sent to China, Singapore and Japan and on its return was displayed in the
National Museum. Prof. Bimalendra Kumar, Head of Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Banaras
Hindu University, Varanasi U'.R) volunteered to provide the basics of Buddhism. Shri Sanjib worked under my
guidance and provided all the academic inputs.
I am extremely thankful to all those who contributed in enriching the compilation. I am also indebted to all the
institutions and individuals who have shared with us the treasure of rare photographs.
I would like to congratulate Shri Sanjib Kumar Singh, a trained archaeologist and museologist who heads the
Publication Department for his prolific research and digging out diverse topics for the compilation.
Lastly, I hope that this publication will be a useful tool for the academic and the research landscape.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
Language & Literature (450)
Sacred Sites (104)
Tantric Buddhism (86)
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