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The Challenge of Ignorance

In 1910 an incident took place that pained Ananda Coomaraswamy deeply.

Sir George Birdwood was an art critic. He delivered a lecture on Western and Eastern art. He said that in the East artist’s produced pictures and sculptures as works of art but they did not know what beauty was. As an example he spoke of the Buddha figures of the East. "What beauty is there in these? They are like pies made of sawdust."

Ananda Coomaraswamy was both pained and disgusted. He felt that people like Birdwood knew nothing of the origin and development of the arts in the East. They spoke from the point of view of their own country. But many people in the East believed them and learnt to regard their own art through Western eyes. Coomaraswamy felt the injustice of this keenly. The necessity to explicate the eastern arts became clearer.

A little later he wrote the book call 'Origin of the Buddha Image.'

Ananda Coomaraswamy and Ratna Devi traveled back to Ceylon. Soon after a son was born to them. He was named Narada, 'Nara' meaning knowledge and 'da', giver.

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Dr. Ananda K.Coomaraswamy- He dedicated his life to the study and exposition of Indian Culture and arts
About Dr.Ananda K.Coormaraswamy
Mother And Son
Memories- Decision


"What Are Those Pictures, Mother?"
The Attraction Of India
Ethel Mary
To Ceylon
The World Of Indian Art And Culture
Rathna Devi
You are Here! The Challenge Of Ignorance
Bolt From The Blue
"Very Well, My Child"
The End Of Dedicated Service
He Opened The Eyes of The West

"Look, This Is The Way-"

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