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Discussion in 'Book Reviews & Editorials' started by Karni Nama, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. Karni Nama

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    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    The following is a list of about a dozen Indian martial arts books I have read so far. Please kindly post the titles and info of any books you know of. Books on Indian martial arts are quite rare and would love to see many more authored. Thanks!

    The Art of Gatka Fighting - Authored by K. S. Akali in 1936. More sports-like than martial arts-like. Just some soti techniques. Pentra seems incorrect.

    Gatka: Book 1 - Dance of the Sword -Authored by Nanak Dev Singh Khalsa. First published in the mid 1980s.

    Kalarippayat - Authored by {censored word, do not repeat.} Luijendijk. Published in 2008.

    When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art - Authored by Philip Zarilli.

    Shiv Dhanurveda - The art of ancient Indian archery (covers stances, grips, mantras, etc). Translated by into English by Dr. B Chakravarti in 2001.

    Agni Purana - One of the 18 purans. Contains a dhanurveda section.

    Mallapurana - Manual on Indian wrestling. Read it in PDF format a little while back. I believe it was authored in the first half of the 20th century.

    Lathi Shiksha - Illustrated quarterstaff manual. Possibly written by and for Hindu nationalists. Brought it back in 2000 from an old bookshop in India. Judging from the illustration style and the old fragile paper, possibly from the 1940s or 50s.

    The Fighting Traditions And Fighting Arts Of The Traditional Sikh Warriors - The Beloved of Guru Gobind Singh Ji - The Akali Nihangs - Authored by Nidar Singh on Chatka Gatka.

    Shastar vidya - Short booklet authored by Baba Gian Singh. Mostly warrior advice and martial bani from Dasam Granth. Some dagger techniques towards the end. Published by Budha Dal.

    Shastra vidya: The Ancient Indian Martial Art of the Hindu Kshatriyas - Authored by Harjit Singh Sagoo, 2017. Illustrated and backed by textual evidence. Techniques of the bhindipala, asi, shakti, dhanush, gada, paash, etc.
     
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