CERAMIC ETHNOGRAPHYOF THETWO ECO-CULTURALZONES OF RAJASTHAN
The present book is an outcome of my deep interest on traditional knowledge and cultures of Rajasthan. This is an ethnographic study on pottery and terracotta of Rajasthan. The emphasis of the study is on traditional tools of potters, techniques, products, utility, about the community and all other activities that are associated with pottery and terracotta. The book starts with the introductory part about traditional knowledge, importance and objectives of study, methodology applied in the field, work plan and field limitations. It also describe about the villages that is the field areas which were selected for the study. The main objectives of the study are to study the traditional knowledge related to pottery and terracotta; in depth study of various forms of pottery, their tools and techniques of manufacturing pottery and other terracotta objects; to study various forms of rich art and craft of the two eco-cultural zones of Rajasthan which depicts the identity of the community, cultural background and geographical area they belong to. The study focused on the ethnographic study of the contemporary community that is the potters and their products, its utility and distribution on the basis of the ethnographic data and lastly, the socio- economic and ritual significance associated with pottery and terracotta, the inter-community relationship and the present changes.
Dr. PritishChaudhuri was born on 12th February 1987. Completed his M.A. in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar and Ph.D degree in Archaeology with specialization in Ethno- archaeology from J.R.N. Rajasthan Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Udaipur. He possesses seven years of research experience in the field of ancient history, archaeology, cultural anthropology and tribal ethnography and carried out intensive field work in different regions of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Meghalaya and the Union Territory at Daman. He is attached with Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture from 2010 to 2011 as Project Research Assistant; from 2011 to 2015 as Junior Research Fellow and from 2015 to till date as Senior Research Fellow. He has undergone through various orientation courses and training programs from time to time. He also worked under various National Projects like People of India, Cultural Diversity: Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage Exploring Traditional Knowledge; Study on PVTGs and Biocultural Diversity, Environment and Sustainable Development (Village Study). He has published eighteen research papers in various reputed national and international journals and in edited books.