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Monthly Heritage Talk,  Dr Kumud Kanitkar speaks on 'Evolution of Iconography in Maharashtra'.
 Saturday, August 7, 2021, 5.30 pm IST

Focusing on the 5th to 12th centuries CE, Dr Kanitkar will take us on a journey of the history of religious thought in different eras and regions of Maharashtra.
She will showcase some rare sculptures from many temples, beginning with fifth century Vakatakas in Ramtek (Vidarbha region), loose sculptures from Elephanta, Sopara, Coastal Konkan, and select images from structural temples like Markandi, Ambarnath, Aundha, Anwa and Bhuleshvara. Along with social history, she will provide us an opportunity to appreciate the art, the different styles and outstanding skills of the unknown artists who created these masterpieces.
Talk in English.

Dr Kumud Kanitkar is an independent researcher in Indology, with a focus on medieval temples in Maharashtra.  Her 2013 book, “Ambarnath Shivalaya : A monograph on the temple of Siva at Ambarnath”, was awarded “Ikuo Hirayama” prize-2013 by The Institut de France, Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris. She has also written a bilingual book on the Bhuleshvar Temple near Yavat. She has published numerous articles in research journals, presented papers at seminars and delivered lectures on various aspects of medieval temples. Dr Kanitkar holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Illinois, at Chicago. She retired as Professor of Chemistry in 2004. She has a wide range of interests – she is a numismatist and a prize-winning philatelist as well.
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