Dr. Umakanta Mishra

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Dr. Umakanta Mishra  taught as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack  as a permanent faculty from  March 10 2010 to February 29 2020. He is now teaching as an Associate Professor in the School of History, G.M University, Sambalpur since March 2, 2020 (On lien from Ravenshaw University).  He obtained his master’s degree from Utkal University in year 1994.  Received his M. Phil (1997) from CHS, JNU with Ancient India in January 1997 Ph. D (2005)  in Ancient Indian History from Centre for Historical Studies,  Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Title of Ph. D: Buddhism and Maritime Networks in Early Medieval Coastal Orissa. In year 1994 he qualified Junior Research Fellowship, (UGC JRF).

His Research focuses are Buddhism in Maritime Asia, religious landscape in early medieval India, Maritime Archaeology, Buddhist iconography and Study of elections. He also  conducted an excavation in a chalcolithic site in Deltihuda, Cuttack.

Selected Publications

  1. Vajrayana Buddhism- Study in Social Iconography, Pratibha Prakashan, New Delhi, 2009 ISBN: 978-8177021899
  2. Umakanta Mishra, Subrata K. Acharya1, Patitapaban Mishra2, Rabindra Kumar Mohanty, Shibanarayan Bihari1 and Kunil Kumar Behera. 2020. Beads from the Excavated Site of Deltihuda, Talagarh, Odisha, Man and Environment XLV(2): 58-67 [2020].
  3. Mishra, Umakanta. 2019. Stūpa as śarīra dhātū to stūpa as dharmadhātū and maṇḍala: Continuity and changes in the sacred landscape in the Buddhist site of Udayagiri, Odisha, International Review of Social Research, 9(1): 49–64, 2019;ISSN: 2069-8534
  4. Mishra, Umakanta. 2018. Inscribed Buddhist Images and Copperplates from Odisha: An Analysis of the Social Background of Donors and Issues of Brahmanical-Buddhist Relations, Pratna Samiksha, Vol 9, pp. 69-94, 2018 UGC no. 41018 ( Double Blind Peer reviewed) ISSN. 22297979
  5. “Dharanis from the Buddhist sites of Odisha,” Pratnatattva, Vol. 22 2016, p- 73-84, ISSN1560-7593. UGC serial no. 42519 . .  )
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Mr. Manas Kumar Rout

Research Scolar

Group Alumni

Kunil Kumar Behera

Thesis Title : Chalcolithic Cultures in Odisha with Special Reference to the Ceramics Assemblage.

Sibnarayan Bihari

Thesis Title : Chalcolithic & Early Historic Cultures of Coastal Odisha

Researche Projects:
  1. Liberalization, State and Society: Economics, Social and Political Transformation in Rural Odisha, ICSSR, 2015-2017, 25 Lakhs, Co-investigator, Investigator, Debasish Acharya, Department of economics, University of Hyderabad. (COMPLETED)
  2. Emergence of Complex Society: An Exploration into the Material Culture of Early Historical Orissa Ref<: No.5-197/2014 (HRP) dated 24 Nov 2015 FD (FD III) 8934 dated 29.10.2015, UGC, 1/7/2015 to 30.06.2018, Amount: 10,16,000 ( Interim Report submitted)

Associations With International Academic Projects

  1. Religion and Development Research Program , Birmingham University &JNU, 2005-06 (RESEARCH DIRECTOR, PROF. Carol Rakodi, International Development Dept, Birmingham University) ( Deputy Country Coordinator)
  2. Digital Temple Atalas, Tubingen University, Germany, 2003.
  3. Boats of South Asia Project, Oxford University, 1996 (RESEARCH DIRECTOR, PROF Sean Mcgrail, Oxford University) ( Research Assistant)

BOOKS:

  1. Vajrayana Buddhism- Study in Social Iconography, Pratibha Prakashan, New Delhi, 2009 ISBN: 978-8177021899

ARTICLES :

  1. Umakanta Mishra, Subrata Kumar Acharya and Atula Kumar Pradhan. 2020. An Imitated Gold Coin of Huviska Kusana from Radhanagar, Odisha, Pratna Samiksha, Vol 11 (1): 199-204.
  2. Umakanta Mishra, Subrata K. Acharya1, Patitapaban Mishra2, Rabindra Kumar Mohanty, Shibanarayan Bihari1 and Kunil Kumar Behera. 2020. Beads from the Excavated Site of Deltihuda, Talagarh, Odisha, Man and Environment XLV(2): 58-67 [2020].
  3. SILA TRIPATI, UMA KANTA MISHRA, BIJAY KUMAR SWAIN, SUBRATA KUMAR ACHARYA, RUDRA PRASAD BEHERA AND SUNIL KUMAR PATNAIK. 2020. ‘Watercraft Depicted in the Art of Odisha, East Coast of India’ Australasian Journal of Maritime Archaeology, Vol 42. pp.39-52.  ISSN 2652-0516
  4. Sila Tripati, Girish Prabhu, Umakanta Mishra, et al. 2019. A preliminary study of Knobbed Ware from Odisha, Man and Environment, Vol. XLIV, No 1 (January June 2019, pp. 82-89.) UGC Carelist Sr 7 in Archaeology Section, 0258-0446
  5. Mishra, Umakanta. 2019. Stūpa as śarīra dhātū to stūpa as dharmadhātū and maṇḍala: Continuity and changes in the sacred landscape in the Buddhist site of Udayagiri, Odisha, International Review of Social Research, 9(1): 49–64, 2019;ISSN: 2069-8534 (SCOPUS INDEXED)
  6. Mishra, Umakanta. 2018. Inscribed Buddhist Images and Copperplates from Odisha: An Analysis of the Social Background of Donors and Issues of Brahmanical-Buddhist Relations, Pratna Samiksha, Vol 9, pp. 69-94, 2018 UGC no. 41018 ( Double Blind Peer reviewed) ISSN. 22297979
  7. Subrata Kumar Acharya, Laxmi Kanta Mishra, Umakanta Mishra, Soumya Ranjan Sahoo, Veena Mushrif-Tripathy1 , R.K. Mohanty1 and P.P. Joglekar, Preliminary Report on the Excavation (2014-2015) at Deltihuda, Odisha Man and Environment XLII(1): 90-99 [2017]. Issn no 0258-0446 . UGC care list Sl no. 7 in Archaeology
  8. Dharanis from the Buddhist sites of Odisha,” Pratnatattva, Vol. 22 2016, p- 73-84, ISSN1560-7593. UGC serial no. 42519 . .  )
  9. Buddhist and Saiva Acaryas in in Newly Discovered Inscriptions of Early Medieval Odisha, India, Pratna Samiksha, Vol 7, pp. 23-35, 2016. UGC no. 41018 now ceased.  ( Double Blind Peer reviewed) ISSN. 22297979
  10. Abhayagiri in Anuradhapur, Buddhist diamond triangle and Java: Evidence of triadic Linkage of Esoteric Buddhism in Maritime Asia , Proceedings of Indian History Congress, 76th Session, 20162249-1937, Single, 10 741-748
  11. Exploring the nature of religious landscape: Field notes from two sites of early medieval Odisha Kosala ( Directorate of Archaeology, Chattisgarh) 2014, vol. 7: 143–153, ISSN 2229–4546. UGC no. 42973 (now ceased) (Peer reviewed)
  12. Imitation or Syncretism or Selective Appropriation? Studying Religious Equations between Brahmanical Religions and Buddhism in the poly-religious landscape of Early Medieval Orissa, Lokaratna, Vol. 2, 2009, pp. 65-85. UGC approval no ISSN no 2347-6427 7. (now ceased)
  13. Lucy Blue, Eric Kentley, Sean McGrail and Umakant Mishra (1997): “The Patia Fishing Boat of Orissa: A Case Study in Ethnoarchaeology”, South Asian Studies, Volume 13: 189–207, 1997 URL: http://www.basas.org.uk/journal/issues/v13.htm 02666030 Impact Factor 1.2; Scopus Indexed https://doi.org/10.1080/02666030.1997.9628536

OTHER JOURNALS :

  1. Umakanta Mishra & Shibanaryan Behari. 2017. Understanding Nature And Attributes Of Early Historical Orissa : An Archaeological Perspective, OHRJ, LVIII (1-2), 2019: 1-30 ISSN 0474- 7269
  2. Mishra, Umakanta, & Jeeban Patnaik. 2015. Sarnath School of art, and its influence on the, Buddhist art of Odisha, Arnav, 7, I), 2015 pp122-139, 23200103
  3. Sanitised narrative of display: A Study of Odisha State Museum, OHRJ, LVI (3&4), pp. 34-58, ISSN NO : 0474- 7269, -2017.
  4. Multiple Shifts in Vajrayana Buddhism, OHRJ, Vol LV, 2016, pp 1-15        , ISSN NO : ISSN 0474- 7269
  5. Some Recently Discovered Inscribed Images From Odisha,” OHRJ, LVI (1-2): 13-22, ISSN NO : 0474- 7269, 2017
  6. Umakanta Mishra & Radhakanta Barik Rice bowl of Odisha in Despair, Frontier ( Weekly Journal), ISSN No 016-20194, 16 August 2018, http://www.frontierweekly.com/views/aug-18/16-8-18-Rice%20bowl%20of%20Odisha%20in%20Despair.html
  7. Vajrayāna Buddhism in Odisha: A critical study of some art and epigraphic evidence Vol 1 (2): 113–126. Kanpur Historiographers, 2013-14, ISSN 2348-3814
  8. Terrorism – A Psychological Study,” Journal of Peace Studies, vol. 9, Issue 1, 2002. ISSN 09725563, Link: http://www.icpsnet.org/description.php?ID=237

BOOK CHAPTERS :

  1. ____________ 2019, From Viraja Tirtha to ‘Allegorical’ Nabhi Gaya: Exploring the Changing Religious Landscape of Jajpur (Sixth to Fourteenth Centuries CE) in R Mahalakshmi (ed)  Art and History: Texts, Contexts and Visual Representations in Ancient and Early Medieval India, Bloomsbury,  ISBN 9789388414319
  2. __________ 2019 Continuity and Changes in the sacred landscape of the Buddhist site of Udayagiri, Odisha in Himanshu Prabha Ray edited, Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History, Delhi: Routletdge, .230-256; ISBN 9781138822528, 2nd Edition
  3. 3_____2019 Circulation of Buddhist Mandalas in Maritime Asia:A Study of the Art of Buddhist Triangle of Odisha and Borobdur-Candi Mendut, in Act East: Asean Indian Shared Cultural Heritage, Delhi: Research and information for Developing Countries, ISBN 817122-140-8, pp. 119-140.
  4. ______2016. Brahmanical Buddhist Religious Orders in Early Medieval Odisha with Special Reference to Viraja Tirtha, Jajpur, 2016, pp. 464-484, Pratna Bharatam: Glory of Archaeology, Art, Epigraphy and Protection of Heritage, Delhi, Kaveri, 2016, ISBN 2510-2621, PP 464-484
  5. ______ 2015. Shrines as Monuments, Issues of Classification, custody and conflict: A study of conservation and Protection of Khandagiri –Udayaggiri and Lingaraj of Bhubaneswar in Himanshu Prabha Ray edited, Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History, Delhi: Routletdge, . pp236-274; ISBN 9781138822528
  6. ______2015. From Linearity to Poly religiosity: Study of sacred landscape in early medieval Odisha in Karuna Smriti (commemorative volume) ed B. Tripathy. Delhi: Pratibha Prakashan, 2015. ISBN 9788177023640, pp. 227-242
  7. 2014. Searching for the Lotuspond of Dhanakosha… Padmasambhava of Uddiyana, edited by Bimalendu Mohanty, Bhubaneswar: KIIT, 13­-37, 90381369
  8. ______ 2013. “Multiple Gods, Goddesses and Buddhas- Locating Buddhism in the religious dynamics of early medieval Orissa” in Herman Kulke, Nivedita Mohantay, et. al (eds) Imaging Odihsa, Prafulla Pathagar. Pp 194-­209 9789380768014.
  9. ­______2011. Vajrayana as the religion of the laity in early medieval Odisha, in Birendranath Prasad (ed) Shrines, monasteries…, Manak, Delhi, 2011 pp137-180, 9788178312316.
  10. ______2008. “Religion in the making of modern India: A Historical Profile” in India: Some reviews of Literature related to Religions and Development, Working paper 10, Religion and Development  ResearchProgram,BirminghamUniversity,2008:19–42.9789704426659URL:http://www.rad.bham.ac.uk/files/resourcesmodule/@random454f80f60b3f4/1226574606_working_paper_10___web_version.pdf
  11. .______ (2008) Some Demographic aspects of the religious communities of India, in India: Some reviews of Literature related to Religions and Development, Working paper 10, Religion and Development Research program, Birmingham University: 43–62. 9789704426659 URL: http://www.rad.bham.ac.uk/files/resourcesmodule/@random454f80f60b3f4/1226574606_working_paper_10___web_version.pdf

     

  12. ______ (2000) “An Ethnographic Study of the Fishermen and their Boats: Its Importance in the Maritime Archaeology of Ancient Orissa,” in K K Basa & Pradeep Mohanty(eds.) Archaeology of Orissa, Pratibha Prakashan, New Delhi: 614-635. 9781138822528

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