Gandhara Connections Lecture – Pr. Vidya Dehejia: Visual Narratives at Early Buddhist Sites. The 2021-2022
The Bagri Foundation is proud to support the 5th and final annual lecture of the Gandhara Connections project, hosted by Oxford University’s Classical Art Research Centre. The distinguished scholar of ancient art, Professor Vidya Dehejia (Columbia University) will look at Gandharan art in the broader context of ancient Indian visual narratives.
Professor Vidya Dehejia. In the course of her career, Vidya Dehejia has combined research with teaching and exhibition-related activities around the world. Extensive field travel in South Asia, with visits to sites of importance in Southeast Asia, has given her first hand familiarity with the art of the region. Her background in classical Sanskrit and Tamil, and knowledge of a range of modern Indian languages has proved invaluable. Her writings have incorporated translations of ancient poetry, and material from unpublished manuscripts, in order to illuminate an artistic milieu. She has explored at length the theoretical basis for the portrayal of visual narratives in the context of India’s sculpture and painting, and has examined issues of gender and colonialism. Over time, her work has ranged from Buddhist art of the centuries BC to the esoteric temples of North India, and from the sacred bronzes of the South to the art of British India. Management and curatorial experience at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries provided broader scope to convey the excitement of her field to non-specialist audiences.
Read more about Gandhara Connections 2022 project here.