Heritage festival ‘INTACH UTSAV’
Date: 28th to 31st January 2019
Time: 9.00am – 7.30pm
Location: INTACH, 71, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
It is our pleasure to invite you to the heritage festival ‘INTACH UTSAV’, which will feature classical and folk music, dance, theatre, lectures, children’s workshops, food stalls and other all day activities. A craft exhibition is also simultaneously organized to encourage young craftspeople and showcase the excellence of our craft heritage.
Lecture on ‘Symbolism in Indian Heritage’ by Dr. Devangana Desai
Date: 26th February 2019
Time: 4.30 pm
Location: Multipurpose Hall, INTACH, New Delhi
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the lecture – Symbolism in Indian Heritage: Ashta Mangalas, Kurma, Vatapatrashayi, and Sandhi-kshetra (Juncture-Conjunction) at INTACH.
Dr. Desai will speak on the different philosophies and meanings as represented by Ashta Mangalas – the eight auspicious symbols which differ in meanings in Buddhism, Hinduism and in Shvetambara and Digambara sects of Jainism. Kurma (tortoise, turtle) – as a symbol of self-control in the Bhagavad Gita and other texts and its association with water cosmology. Vatapatrashayi – Krishna on a banyan leaf floating on the cosmic ocean. Symbolically, it represents the first form of life on Earth. Sandhikshetra – Juncture-Conjunction – In the integrated temples of Khajuraho (10th -11th centuries) erotic figures were placed by architects on the juncture (sandhi-kshetra) of the sanctum and the hall. This is noticeable on the sandhara temples (with inner circumambulation) where two equal squares of the sanctum and the hall overlap.
Dr. Devangana Desai is an art historian. She is a Trustee of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), Mumbai, and the Sarabhai Foundation (Calico Museum), Ahmedabad.
Dr. Desai was the Vice-President of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai until 2015 and the Editor, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, for seventeen years from 1992 to 2009. She served as the Chairperson of the Museum Society of Bombay from 1983 to 1992.
She is the author of – Art and Icon – Essays on Early Indian Art, Khajuraho – Monumental Legacy, The Religious Imagery of Khajuraho, Erotic Sculpture of India – A Socio-Cultural Study Sectional presidential address, Indian History Congress (1989), titled Social Dimensions of Art in Early India; and presidential address for Indian Art History Congress (2013) titled Art and Literature – A Dialogue. She has written over a hundred papers on various aspects of Ancient Indian Art.
Dr. Desai was awarded the Homi Bhabha Fellowship – 1978-80, and the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Prize 1983.In 2015 she was the recipient of the Hirayama Prize from Institute de France, Paris, for “the totality of researches in the field of Indian Art”. Dr. Desai has lectured extensively all over the world.
She is the Series Editor for the Monumental Legacy Series on the World Heritage Sites in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
Dr. Desai sponsored the renovation of the Sculpture Gallery of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai. In 2017, she instituted the ‘Dr. Devangana Desai Endowment Programme’ at the Sangrahalaya, which promotes fellowships and arranges lectures by eminent scholars.