Indian Art Circle 2013/14 Lecture Program

Ambika Rajgopal of Saffronart shares a note on the upcoming series of lectures at SOAS.

London: Department of Art & Archaeology of the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, kick starts the Indian Art Circle lecture series starting on the 3rd October 2013. This monthly seminar spans over the year and provides a cohesive and comprehensive look into the visual culture of India.

The series goes right up to June 2014 and hosts a number of notable speakers. Some of the speakers include Richard Blurton, Curator of South and Southeast Asia at the British Museum and Jerry Losty, Curator Emeritus at the British Library.

With lectures on topics as diverse as ‘Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple’, ‘The Iconography of the Ass-Riding Goddess in Hindu Myths of Chaos, Misfortune and Disease’ and ‘North-Indian (kundan) goldsmithing’, this lecture series hopes to enlighten and inform those interested about Indian visual practice.

The first lecture in the series commences on the 3rd of October 2013 and will be Pepita Seth’s ‘Heaven on earth: The Universe of Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple’ at Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London.

All meetings will be followed by reception.

Indian Art Circle logo. Image Credit: IAC, SOAS

Indian Art Circle logo. Image Credit: IAC, SOAS


Thursday 3 October

Pepita Seth (Independent Scholar, Kerala)

Heaven on earth: The Universe of Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple

Khalili Lecture Theatre – 7 pm

**Please note that this lecture will take place in the lecture theatre on the Lower ground floor of the Main SOAS Building, opposite the Brunei Gallery

Wednesday 6 November

Dr Konrad Seitz (Independent Scholar)

Orchha not Mandu, 1592 not 1634: A revolutionary view of ‘Malwa’ Painting

B102 – 6.30pm

Wednesday 4 December

Dr Fabrizio Ferrari (Professor of Religious Studies, University of Chester)

The Iconography of the Ass-Riding Goddess in Hindu Myths of Chaos, Misfortune and Disease

B111 – 6.30pm

Wednesday 15 January

Saskia Konniger (Associate Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden)

The Hidden Garden: North-Indian (kundan) goldsmithing, the repositioning of a craft in the face of past and present global dynamics.

B104 – 7 pm

Wednesday 12 February

To be confirmed

B104 – 7 pm

Wednesday 5 March

Professor Adam Hardy (Professor of Asian Architecture, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University)

The Temples of Ashapuri: resurrecting a Pratihara/Paramara site in Madhya Pradesh

B104 – 7 pm

Wednesday 2 April

Richard Blurton (Curator, South and Southeast Asia, British Museum)

Some further thoughts on the image of Shiva Nataraja

B104 – 6.30 pm

Wednesday 7 May

Jerry Losty (Curator Emeritus, British Library)

The 16th Annual Toby Falk Memorial Lecture

Codex Casanatense 1889: an Indian 16th century album in a Roman library

B102 – 6.30 pm

Wednesday 4 June

Laxshmi Greaves (PhD student, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University)

A series of figurative terracotta panels from the Gupta period Śiva temple at Ahichhatra, Uttar Pradesh.

B104 – 6.30 pm

For further information about the lecture series, please visit the IAC website.

About the Author

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Ambika Rajgopal, originally from New Delhi, currently resides in London. She has an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MSc in Art, Law and Business from Christie’s Education, London. Ambika has previously worked in the Indian and Islamic Department at Christie’s, South Kensington, London. In addition to this, she has written extensively on art, with a special focus on the Asian art scene. She has written for Art Radar, Saffronart Blog, Avenir and Culture Trip, among others. Ambika spends her time cruising through museums, pop-up galleries and cultural institutions searching for that flicker of novelty, which captures her imagination and sends it soaring. When she isn’t culture-vulturing, Ambika can be found holed up in her crib reading something completely unrelated to art theory (usually Irvine Welsh or J. M. Coetzee); or clanging on her piano, in the hope of creating something akin to music. In 2015, Ambika, in collaboration with Delhi Art Gallery, wrote a monograph on the Bombay Progressive modernist - Krishen Khanna, which was published by the gallery. Ambika has previously worked in London, New Delhi and Frankfurt.


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