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The teaching modes of the Department of History of Art are not limited to the classroom alone. An integral part of teaching is to give the students firsthand experience, expose them to innovative ideas and encourage them to participate in forums that have vital and far reaching outcomes. Students also get opportunities to interact with professionals who are well trained and established in their respective fields. The Institute, in collaboration with premier institutions in India and abroad organizes seminars, symposiums and workshops with the aim of increasing awareness about and facilitating the development of fields related to the courses conducted here.

April 2015

 

International Seminar on ‘Making of Museum Collection: With Special Reference to Gandhara’

National Museum Institute in collaboration with the Ludwig Maxmilian University of Munich, Germany organised a seminar from 16th - 17th April 2015 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The seminar was attended by eminent art historians and research scholars from India, Germany, Korea and USA. Apart from expert speakers on Gandhara art and archaeology, three M.A students from the Department of History of Art, NMI were also given an opportunity to present a paper. Their papers were based on research and documentation of the reserve collection of Gandhara art in India, namely, Indian Museum in Kolkata, National Museum in Delhi and Lucknow State Museum. The seminar was organised as a part of the ongoing MOU between National Museum Institute and Ludwig Maxmilian University of Munich.

November 2014  

National Seminar on the 23rd Session of Indian Art History Congress

The 23rd session of the Indian Art History Congress was jointly organized from 11th – 13th November 2014 by the National Museum and National Museum Institute in collaboration with the Indian Art History Congress. The theme of this year’s conference was “Cross-Cultural Assimilation and Composite Forms in Indian Art”.

The conference was inaugurated by Shri. Ravindra Singh, Hon’ble Secretary, Culture.  Dr. Venu Vasudevan, Director General of the National Museum and Vice-Chancellor of the National Museum Institute delivered the welcome address. The inaugural function also saw the release

of Kala journal of the Indian Art History Congress and Icon - NMI Journal of History of Art by the Hon’ble Secretary, Culture. The introductory address was delivered by Prof. (Dr.) Maruti Nandan Prasad Tiwari, General Secretary of the Indian Art History Congress and Dr. R.D. Choudhury, Chairman of the Indian Art History Congress, Prof. (Dr.) M.K. Dhavalikar delivered a scholarly presidential address. The vote of thanks was delivered by Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande, Head, Department of History and Art and Dean, National Museum Institute.

The conference was attended by approximately two hundred visual art professionals including artists, art historians, professors, archaeologists, scholars, curators, critics, collectors, educators and students. During the conference, ninety six papers were presented highlighting the diverse artistic forms in Indian art from ancient to modern times. Over a span of three days, the conference was divided into multiple sessions according to specific themes based on the different epochs of Indian art history. The conference took into account a wide range of research themes such as sculpture, painting, numismatics, architecture, folk and tribal art, decorative and textile art of the Indian subcontinent from the ancient and medieval up to the modern and contemporary periods. A detailed report on the seminar is as follows: (Click here).

October 2014  

2nd International Conference on Indian Art at Poland

The Polish Institute of World Art Studies in collaboration with the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, India and Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, organised the 2nd International Conference on India: Art, Cultural Heritage and Polish-Indian Art Relations from 9th-10th October, 2014 at Torun, Poland. The conference was especially organised in Poland on the 60th anniversary of strong cultural ties between Poland and India since 1954. Eminent scholars, faculty members, museum curators and research scholars from Poland, India, Pakistan, Netherland and Germany participated in the conference. During the conference, Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande, Head of the Department of History of Art and Dean, NMI; Dr. Savita Kumari, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art, NMI and  Ms. Sama Haq, Research Fellow from Department of History of Art, NMI presented papers on various aspects of Indian art.

September 2014  
Seminar and Study Tour on Architectural Conservation in Poland

Abira Bhattacharya and Sohini Singh, Research Fellows and Research Scholars in the Department of History of Art, were invited by M Promotion Agency, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, to participate in the international seminar titled ‘Architectural Conservation in Poland and Abroad’ at Kielce University of Technology, Kielce, Poland. Abira Bhattacharya presented a paper titled ‘Restoration of the Nalanda Mahavihara Ruins: Reviving the Great Buddhist Center of Faith, Scholasticism and Art’, and Sohini Singh presented a paper on restoration of the 15th century architectural edifices at Chanderi through the art historical standpoint. They also had the opportunity to visit heritage sites in both Kielce and Warsaw where restoration work was in progress. This programme was conceptualized by the M Promotion Agency and supported by the Polish Ministry of Economy.

Click on following link to open a detailed report on the seminar and study tour programme:

A detailed report by Sohini Singh

A detailed report by Abira Bhattacharya

October 2013  
National Symposium on Return of the Yogini: Art and Crime

The Department of History of Art organised a one day National Symposium on ‘The Return of the Yogini : Art and Crime’ on 10th  October, 2013. The symposium resulted in an intense discussion over the yogini tradition in India. The symposium was thematically divided into three sessions attended by thirteen eminent delegates. The symposium was jointly coordinated by Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande and Dr. Savita Kumari.
 

The first session dealt with three papers on the iconographic representation of yoginis, their worship and current practices. The papers in this session were based on texts like the Brahamanadapurana, associating yoginis with chakras, their saktis, colours and weapons giving a significant insight into their iconography and the need to integrate this ancient knowledge into our body and senses in order to awaken our energies. Apart from tracing the historical trajectory of the yogini cult, the yoginis were also discussed as a female form of energy constantly striving between the ancient and the modern as a principal of creation of the feminine force.

The second session consisted of four presentations discussing the connections of matrikas and yoginis. The papers presented during this session discussed the essential features of the Yoginis through texts like Kaulajnananirnaya. This session emphasized on the assimilation of the tribal cults into a Brhamanical pantheon. The fluid nature of the yogini cult and its iconography was also discussed which was due to regional variations and hybridization which is its essential nature. The scholars stressed upon undertaking further research in this field.

The third session brought together lawyers, representative from National Monuments Authority, UNESCO and British Council. It dealt with the various legislative acts, national and international, which are meant for safeguarding cultural property from illicit trade. The scholars stressed the need to amend certain laws that stood in the way of encouraging fair trade of antiques within the country. The papers also stressed that the people must be given incentives to buy back antiquities from abroad. The professionals spoke about involving communities to prevent crime in art by empowering the public and spreading pride about one’s cultural heritage.

March 2013
International Seminar on 'Rajasthani Miniature Painting'

The three-day International seminar on ‘Rajasthani Miniature Painting’ commenced on 20th of March 2013. Smt. Chandesh Kumar Katoch, the Hon’ble Union Minister for Culture and the Vice Chancellor, National Museum Institute, New Delhi, inaugurated the seminar. The Hon’ble Minister spoke about her deep association with Rajasthan and admiration for miniature paintings and emphasized on the need for preserving this rich artistic tradition.

The three day seminar saw the participation of eminent art historians and scholars from India and abroad and brought to light the unexplored facets of Rajasthani miniature painting. A variety of themes connected to the Rajasthani miniature paintings were discussed, ranging from paintings from religious and literary texts to paintings of various schools of Rajasthani painting such as Mewar, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kishangarh etc. The seminar was well attended by the art historians, art collectors, curators and students of various universities apart from eminent Indian and foreign scholars viz., Prof. B. N. Goswamy, Prof. A. K. Das, Prof. Ratan Parimoo, Prof. Lokesh Chandra, Prof. S. P. Verma and Dr. Rosemary Crill, Dr. Cathleen Cummings, Dr. Dorota Kaminska Jone to mention a few. The curators from across the country also participated, discussed their collection, and made a significant contribution on an important theme of Indian Art.

August 2012
International Seminar on 'Buddhist Art of the Western Himalayan Region'
The Department of History of Art organised an International seminar on Buddhist Art of the Western Himalayan Region at Leh, Ladakh from 27th – 30th August 2012. The inaugural session started with Venerable Bhikku Sanghasena who appreciated the idea of the scholars gathering to preserve the rich artistic heritage of Ladakh as the need of the day. Dr. Nawang Tsering spoke on several sculptures lying on the routes of Kargil, Drass and several far-flung and desolate parts of Jammu and Kashmir, which are unfortunately weathering off, with no scholars to study their inscription and sculptures. Brig. Haider Rizvi emphasised the need to document the arts and culture of Ladakh. The seminar brought together thirteen national and international scholars for two days of intense interaction. After the successful completion of two days of paper presentation, the seminar continued in the monasteries of Thikse, Shey, Alchi, Likir and Basgo. Overall it was very enriching experience and with the exchange of ideas, experience and fellowship.
JANUARY 2011 – FEBRUARY 2011
International Seminar on ‘Silk Route: Connecting Cultures beyond Borders’
An International Seminar on ‘Silk Route: Connecting Cultures beyond Borders’ was held at the National Museum Institute from January 31st , 2011 to February 2nd , 2011. It was coordinated by Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande, Head of Department, Department of History of Art and Dean, National Museum Institute in collaboration with the Iran Culture House, New Delhi. The Seminar included discussions on historical and geographical aspects of the Silk-Route, its archaeological and architectural remains, its art and culture, transmission and transformation of religion across the route and accounts of the travelers. Eminent scholars and art historians from India, Iran and several Central Asian countries like Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and even from France and Japan participated in this Seminar. The Ambassadors of these countries also participated in the discussions as well as expressed their views on the possible steps that can be taken to strengthen ties and preserve the cultural heritage of the Silk-Route.
AUGUST 2010
An Indo - Canadian Symposium on ‘Indigenous Art, Contemporary Significance’
The Symposium ‘Indigenous Art: Contemporary Significance’ which took place at the National Museum Institute  on August 9-10, 2010 was coordinated by Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande, Head of Department, Department of History of Art and Dean, National Museum Institute and co-coordinated by Dr. Savita Kumari, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art. The delegates from various states of India as well as Canada participated in the Symposium along with many eminent scholars, diplomats, dignitaries, artists and students from various institutions.

March 2007

International Seminar on ‘Art of Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent in the Cross Cultural Perspective: 1st cent. AD -14th cent. AD’

An International Seminar on ‘Art of Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent in the Cross Cultural Perspective: 1st cent. AD -14th cent. AD’ was held in March 2007 by the Department of History of Art. It was coordinated by Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande, Head of Department, Department of History of Art and Dean, National Museum Institute. About 12 countries from Europe, America and Asia participated in it.

NOVEMBER 2004

National Seminar on ‘Influence and Inspiration, the Concept of Influence and Study of Mughal Miniature Painting

A National Seminar on ‘Influence and Inspiration, the Concept of Influence and Study of Mughal Miniature Painting’ was held in November 2004 by the Department of History of Art.

March 2003

International Seminar on ‘Cultural Interface of India with South, South East and East Asia: Philosophy, Art & Culture

An International Seminar titled ‘Cultural Interface of India with South, South East and East Asia: Philosophy, Art & Culture’ was held in March 2003 by the Department of History of Art in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Twenty countries from all over the world participated in it.

 

 
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