The Indian subcontinent has been a rich cultural zone with a history of thousands of years. It saw the rise of various civilizations, religions, dynasties, human groups, cultures and arts. ‘India’ has been presented and represented in varied and variegated forms in literary discourses, arts and heritage symbols. After the orientalist representation and interpretation, counter-representation and interpretation began both in India and abroad. But the area is so vast that there always remain new things to be explored and interpreted and established. Any discussion on anything belonging to the subcontinent is incomplete without interdisciplinary discussion of the cultural elements.
Objectives, Scope and Criteria for Publication
Why Bharatiya Prajna: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Indian Studies?
It aims to critically engage in interdisciplinary studies of the culture/s and explore the tangible and intangible heritage of the subcontinent in all its varied forms. For fuller discussion we would include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and some other neighbouring countries within our purview. But since, Indians and Indian culture spread out to different parts of the world, we will also include the diasporic themes.
The journal welcomes submissions in areas of Indian Literatures, Languages, Indian visual arts, performing arts, music and other areas of Indian culture to broaden the interdisciplinary Research on the broader area of “Indian Studies.”
The journal will publish interdisciplinary research findings and insights under the broad areas of “Indian Studies” in specific thrust areas, decided,from time to time,by the Editorial Board in the form of standard articles and reviews of books relating to the following areas. Authors and readers should note that these are the areas of discussion which demand that we forget the artificial disciplinary boundaries) imposed in the previous century and that we adopt a wider perspective.
Frequency of Publication
From the Vol. II, No. 2, we will not follow the Continuous Publication Model. Instead we will publish triannually.
Detailed Thrust Areas
India a Cultural cauldron: India is a pluralistic society with multiple cultures and languages. It believes in the Vedic aphorism “EkamSathviprahbahudavadanti”. As such it forges a unity while retaining its rich diversity. To project its catholic character it uses the word Dharma instead of religion to refer to any of its belief systems.So, we invite interdisciplinary discussion on belief-systems, religions, sects and rituals right from the prehistoric times to our modern period involving metaphysics, cultural anthropology, philosophy, arts and literature.
Indian Literature and Languages: India has a vast sub-area under this category ranging from Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Tamil, the regional languages from the ancient times, Persian and Urdu from the medieval times and English from the modern period. Vast bodies of literature were produced in these languages with separate character and identities. The journal does not invite articles on simply social picture etc; rather it welcomes articles and notes that address interdisciplinary discussion of the issues and themes involved in the production and reception of literature. We are particularly interested in discussion of the representation and contextualization of Indian visual and performing arts in literature. Other big areas are—issues relating to gender, ethnicity, and environment. Our focal points of discussion are interrelationships of Indian bodies of literature in various languages and the impact of Islamic and western intervention on these traditions.
Indian Visual Arts at Interdisciplinary Cross-roads: Indian arts—painting, sculpture, architecture, evolving from distant past went through transformation and modification at various states (engineered by many collective and individual forces). In our times, with the advent of the digital media, Indian visual arts are being presented, represented, used and received in unprecedented ways. Apart from aesthetic appreciation, the reception and representation has much to do with identity, ethnicity and culture. This has also made it necessary to shed new light on the actual contexts, conditions and reception of art. BharatiyaPrajñā welcomes submission on these varied areas with the key aim of exploring the Indian tradition and how Indian arts progressed through various interdisciplinary exchanges. Authors are encouraged particularly to undertake critical engagement with the iconography for exploring the cultural aspects of the times and evolution of responses to them. They are also encouraged to critically discuss the aesthetic theories associated with the arts and the scientific principles and techniques followed by the artists and artisans.
Indian Performing Arts: Before the introduction of the print media, literature in the subcontinent was mainly an art of performance aided by visual media and music. In course of time many of them have lost their classical character and acquired a symbiotic relationship with the popular folk and rustic levels. Even though signs of regeneration were visible in the 18th century, the arrival of western education which depended heavily on the supposed superiority of the written word impacted the growth of the indigenous native art forms. The amazing skills of the performers received less attention. Still, the power of real India lay always in its power to preserve what is essentially ‘Indian’, that is, the spirit of the people who somehow managed to keep the traditions alive.
In this section, we welcome submission on these questions primarily and in-depth study into the art-forms for the purpose recording the lost arts as history and for showcasing whatever are still in existence. Of course, we are interested in modern forms which evolved from the Indian tradition with active interaction with the western tradition. But mere discussion for the sake of publication and promotion is discouraged. We welcome submission on all forms of performing arts: dance, drama, recitation, puppetry, martial arts, rituals etc.
Indian Music: The soul of India lies in the collective harmony of many traditions of music created and carried forward from the past in different parts of the continent. We want to discuss all forms of music and musical instruments and analyze them from the interdisciplinary perspective. We invite theoretical discussion of the traditions and of the arts of the masters with special focus on the theme of originality, variety and individuality.
Indian (His)Stories: The subcontinent has attracted the peoples of distant places since time immemorial for various reasons. Its rich diversity and its myths and legends in epics and other literary sources fascinated and allured many minds. Over the ages the stories were contextualized over a vast region and they went though such mutative transformation that in many cases they became unrecognizable from the sources. With few exceptions the writing of history as a separate discipline started much later with the introduction of western education under the influence of the European Enlightenment. But the weight of the Indian tradition of storytelling has been such that even modern historians could not ignore them nor could they totally rejecting them. In this section we welcome submission on the representation of India in all eras—right from the ancient to our modern times. We also welcome authoritative articles on the recent researches in the history and archaeology of the subcontinent.
Criteria for Consideration of Materials
The journal will publish interdisciplinary research findings in various thrust areas under the broad area of Indian Studies.
Primary Criteria for Consideration for Peer Review: All the materials must meet the following criteria first. Otherwise, the materials will be rejected without formal review:
- Originality: Original ideas, new areas explored while drawing upon existing scholarship.
- Relevance: Topics must be relevant for discussion in the present context.
- Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary approach is a must.
Types of materials to be published:
- Critical Articles: Minimum 3000 and maximum 5000 words (including citations, notes etc)
- Notes: Of any length below 3000 words. [Write-up containing insights and new findings from already established scholars of high reputation in their fields. Citation may not be necessary]
- Book Reviews: Reviews of books (not older than 2 years) relating to the thrust areas. Between 1000-1500 words.
Periodicity of the Journal
The journal publishes articles following Continuous Publication Model and the articles are group under three issues per year. Previously we thought of publishing on quarterly basis, but for the sake of quality we will maintain triannual system.
All the materials submitted to the journal will pass through Double Blind Peer Review Process and only suitable writings will be recommended by the reviewers.
The primary language of the journal is English for wider access and understanding, but articles can use references and quotes from other languages.
The Journal follows Open Access Model and it is free to access.