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The Department of History of Art regularly organises special lectures by eminent National and International scholars. The aim of the lecture is to impart scholarly and research oriented approach to the students. These lectures are based on the on-going semester courses in order to facilitate critical thinking amongst the student and faculty. Some of our recent lectures are listed below.


The Department of History of Art organised a special lecture by Prof. Alejandro Jose Garay Herrera from Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation, Guatemala on February 11th, 2020. He spoke on the Mayan Art, Culture and Belief: With special reference to Mayan Goddesses for the students of the second and fourth semester. His Excellency Mr. Giovanni Castillo, The Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala to India graced the lecture with his presence. He was accompanied with H.E. Mr. Hector Cueva Jacome, The Ambassador of Ecuador to India, H.E. Mr. Alvaro Malmierca, The Ambassador of Uruguay to India, H.E. Mr. B.S. Mubarak, The Ambassador of India to Guatemala, Mr. Daniel Alexander Gutiérrez Hernández, Charge d'Affaires of El Salvador in the Republic of India and Mr. Santiago Ruy Sánchez, Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Mexico to India. Prof. Herrera began his lecture by introducing the Mayan civilization in a spatial context. He discussed the various elements of Mayan writing and the Mayan calendars. Prof. Herrera then talked about some of the Mayan Gods and Goddesses and discussed their iconography. The lecture was concluded with an interactive session with the students, where they discussed about Mayan civilization and its potential interface with India.

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Special Lecture on ‘why old places matter’: The Department of History of Art organised a special lecture by Mr. Thompson M. Mayes, the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C., USA on July 31st, 2019 for its students as well as research scholars. Mr. Mayes spoke on ‘why old places matter,’ where he discussed about the importance of preserving old places for people’s emotional and psychological health. Based on his recent book ‘Why Old Places Matter’, he traced the many reasons that old places help people flourish, from memory, identity, and continuity, to economics, sustainability, and community, to sacredness and connections to our ancestors. The students were able to co-relate the importance of old places with regard to their course structure based around Art History and its allied disciplines.

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Special Lecture on “Art of Sarnath”: The department of History of Art organized a special lecture on the ‘Art of Sarnath’ on 11th April 2019 as a part of its course on Early Indian Art. The lecture was delivered by Dr B.R. Mani, Director General, National Museum and Vice Chancellor, National Museum Institute. Dr Mani spoke about the various phases of excavations at the site. He shared his own experience of excavating the Buddhist site, and talked about the findings from the excavation. His lecture also dealt with the aesthetic features of the Sarnath School of art and its impact on other schools within the country and in the south-east Asian countries of Thailand and Java. The lecture was organized for the students of second and fourth semester of the department and it helped them understand about the art of Sarnath from both aesthetic and archaeological standpoints.

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April, 2017: Lecture on Ancient Indian Coinage by Dr B R Mani, Director General, National Museum and Vice Chancellor, NMI.

April, 2017: Lectures on Art of Devakothar and Recent Findings at Khajuraho by Dr. P.K. Mishra, Director (retd.), Archaeological Survey of India.

March, 2017: Lecture on Monuments of Sarnath by Dr B R Mani, Director General, National Museum and Vice Chancellor, NMI.

March, 2017: Lectures on Rockcut architecture of the Ancient Period (3rd century BCE 6th century CE) by Prof. (Dr.) Y.S. Alone, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

February, 2017: Lecture on Sculptural Art of Amaravati by Dr. Jyoti Rohilla Rana, Associate Professor, History of Art, Banaras Hindu University.

February, 2017: Lecture on Early Buddhist Literature by Prof. (Dr.) R. Panth, School of Buddhist Studies and Civilizations, Gautam Buddha University, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Greater Noida.


July - August, 2016: Prof. (Dr.) Lokesh Chandra, Padma Bhushan, Eminent Indologist and President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations delivered a series of five lectures on the various aspects of Buddhist Art of Central Asia. The lectures were thematically based on the following topics - An Introduction to the Buddhist Art of Central Asia, the Avatamsaka Sutra and the Colossus of Bamiyan, the Suvarnaprabhaasa Sutra in China, the Murals at Turfan and the Art of Khotan.

March, 2016: “Cultural Heritage and Post Earthquake Heritage Recovery in Nepal” by Dr. Dina Bangdel, Director of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar.


February, 2015: Prof. (Dr.) Eva Kernbauer, Head, Department of Art History, University of Applied Arts, Vienna gave a lecture on ‘Exhibiting as Art: Display as an Artistic Task in Contemporary Art’.

March, 2015: Dr. Chedha Tingschanchali, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand gave five lectures on Southeast Asian art and archaeology covering the regions of Burma, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and hailand.


November, 2014:  Dr. Usha Balakrishnan, Independent Scholar & Researcher and eminent art historian, gave a curatorial lecture on ‘Indian Jewellery Tradition’ in the National Museum Institute.

November, 2014:  Dr. Mercy Vungthianmuang Guite, Assistant Professor, Centre of German Studies, School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University gave a lecture on ‘Cultural History of Europe during Renaissance’.

April, 2014: Dr. Naman P. Ahuja, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, gave a curatorial walk and lecture on the ongoing exhibition, 'The Body in Indian Art' in the National Museum.

March, 2014: Prof.(Dr.)Lokesh Chandra, eminent art historian and a recipient of Padma Bhushan award, gave a series of lectures on 'Buddhism in Central Asian Art'.

February, 2014: Prof.(Dr.) Istevan Keul from the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion,University of Bergen, Norway gave a lecture on 'Vrishanana Yogini and the Yogini Cult'.


August, 2013: Prof.(Dr.) Daryoosh Akbarzadeh, Assistant Professor of Ancient and Medieval Iranian Languages and Linguistics, Iran and Dr. Jila Moghinmnejad, Art Historian, Iran, gave a lecture on 'A New Study on the Cultural Relationship Between Iran and India: Two Paintings from Kalila-wa-Dimna'.

March, 2013: Prof. Sacchidanand Sahay, eminent Art-Historian and a recipient of Padma Shri award,  gave  a series of lectures on “Art of Cambodia”.

March, 2013: Prof. R N Mishra, eminent Art Historian gave a lecture on “Sculpture and Architecture of Central and Western India”.

February, 2013: Jesus Clavero Rodriguez, Cultural Director, Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi, gave a lecture on “Spanish art and Architecture”.

February, 2013: Jack Neilson, Director of Neilson Gallery, Spain gave a lecture on “Contemporary Spanish Art”.

February, 2013: Dr. Chedha Tingsanchali, Assistant Professor, Silpakorn University, Thailand gave a series of lectures on “Southeast Asian Art and Iconography in Mahayana Buddhism”.

February, 2013: Dr. Om Prakash, eminent Historian gave a lecture on “Art and Culture in Vietnam”.


April, 2012: Dr. Sivji Panicker, Dean, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, Delhi, gave a lecture on “Baroda School of Art”.

March, 2012: Dr. Adam Hardy, an architectural historian at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, gave a lecture on “North and South Indian Temple Architecture”.

February, 2012: Dr. Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC. Gave a lecture on “Curatorial Practice”.


September, 2011: Dr. Stephen Inglis, Director General of research and Collections and a Senior Curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada gave lectures on “Indigenous Art of Canada”.

April, 2011: Dr. Devanganga Desai, eminent art historian, gave lectures on “The Architecture  Khajuraho Temples”.

- “Sculptural Iconography of the Temples of Khajuraho” in April, 2011.

April, 2011: Prof. R. N. Mishra, on “Shaiva Monasteries of Central India”.

March, 2011: Dr. Deborah Swallow, Director, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, on “The Art of Cezanne”.

March, 2011: Prof. Gourishwara Bhattacharya, eminent art historian and a Sanskrit scholar from Germany, on the “Art and Philosophy of Vajrayana Buddhism”.

January, 2011: Prof. Lokesh Chandra, eminent art historian and a recipient of Padma bhushan award, gave a series of lectures on “Buddhism in Central Asian Art”.


July, 2010: Dr R. Nagasmamy, eminent scholar and art historian gave lectures on “South Indian Bronzes”.

March, 2010: Dr. Deborah Swallow, gave a lecture on “The Discipline of Art History: Interconnections with Gallery, Museum World and Art Trade”.

March, 2010: Adam Green, New York University, gave a lecture on ‘Identifying Carving Sequences for the Analysis of Indus seals’.

March, 2010: Prof. R. N. Mishra gave a lecture on “Alankara and Dhvani”.

January, 2010: Dr. R.S. Bisht, Jt. Director General of ASI (retd.) gave lectures on “Roots of the Indus Valley Civilization”.

- “Dholavira: A Special study” in January, 2010.


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