Rock Art is the first visual articulation and manifestation of humankind which emanates from his sense of sight. For us it is like foot prints of human mind on the passage of time. It can thus be treated as a source of cultural communication between the past, present and future which helps to explore the source of creative energies and modes of expression of our ancestors.
To celebrate one of the earliest forms of art, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) organized 'Understanding India-China Rock Art Workshop-cum-Exhibition' in collaboration with Administration office of Helanshan Rock Art, Yinchuan City, China, Rock Art Research Association of China (RARAC) and Minzu University, China. This international event, with the participation of renowned scholars from India and China was held at New Delhi from 24th February to 27th March, 2016. The present two volumes are the outcomes of the said workshop.
The proceedings of the workshop have been published in two volumes Understanding Rock Art of India-China (I & II). These two volumes contain selected articles representing rock art from India and China and address the new ways of rock art research and documentation. The first volume on the Rock Art of India is quite significant as it is a well researched interdisciplinary effort. The data and the interpretations put forward in it is comprehensive and analytical. It not only gives a detailed analysis of rock art and related data from the site surveyed, but also provides a detailed account of its archaeological, ethnographical and geological context, flora and fauna of most of the rock art sites in India. The second volume exclusively contains enriched information about Rock Art of China.