The Kamasutra is a remarkable document, which gives an insight into the social and political ethos of ancient India. It is not just a handbook on sex. The philosophical implications and the opinions it expresses, reflect attitudes of the historical period in which it was written. Vatsayana read and considered the works of ancient authors and compiled the Kamasutra while he was leading the life of a religious student.
This abridged and edited version of the ancient literary Classic is richly illustrated with Tarun Chopra's photographs of the works of artists who were inspired by Vatsayana. They state that human life must concern itself with the religious, sexual and artistic experience.
The miniature paintings in this book have been taken from various private collections, while the sculptures have been taken from the various ancient and medieval temples spread across the Indian sub-continent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tarun Chopra was born in Delhi but his formative years were spent in Jaipur, wherein began a passion for colour and pageantry of Rajasthan. Desire of learning Spanish brought him to JNU, and later took him to Madrid. On returning, he joined the travel trade and his love for travel and history took him to many exotic parts of this fascinating sub-continent. Being a self-taught photographer his initial encouragement came when an American travel company used his photos to publish their brochure. After that his work was regularly published in the USA, UK and in Spain.
He published his first coffee-table book Majestic India in 1995, which has already gone into the third edition. Then followed Majestic Jaipur, The Holy Cow and other Indian Stories, Jain Temples of India, India - Exotic Destination, Kamasutra, Soul of india and Exotic Indian Interiors. This version of the Kamasutra is his ninth book. He lives in Delhi where he is working on his forthcoming books.