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A Place in the Encyclopaedia

An instance of the effect Coomaraswamy's writing on Indian art had on the West is to be found in the world famous Encyclopaedia Britannica. This contains information on everything. Any one seeking information has only to turn to the Encyclopaedia, that is the commonly held belief. But up to the 13th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, there is no mention of Indian art.

After Coomaraswamy had published several books on Indian art, the compilers of the Encyclopaedia opened their eyes. He was invited to contribute articles. The 14th edition contains eight articles by Ananda Coomaraswamy.

He was deeply grieved that Indians did not know their own heritage. He used to say -that the educational system implanted by the British in Indian bred a younger generation of Indians who were neither Eastern nor Western.

While addressing a group of young men who had gone 'Lo study in America he said, "You must never forget- your background of Indian culture, tradition and personality. You must act as ambassadors and wherever you are you must remain Indians."

He was himself the ambassador Indian culture to the world.

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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
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-"

You are Here! A Place In The Encyclopaedia
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