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Talk in English on March 4, 2023 - "The Art of Gandhara: Where the
Greco-Roman Meets the Indian" by Dr Vinay Kumar describing how the
sculptors of Gandhara adapted forms, stylistic details and decorative
motifs from Classical Western art to Buddhist subjects and legends, thus
creating one of the largest corpuses of Buddhist art in South Asia.
Ancient Gandhara, which was the area around the Peshawar basin in what
is now northwest Pakistan, was home to a fascinating fusion of artistic
styles - Hellenistic, Greco-Bactrian, West Asian and, of course, Indian.
Under the patronage of a succession of ruling dynasties, Gandharan art
was produced from around the first century BC to almost the eighth
century AD, reaching its pinnacle during the reign of the Kushanas.
Dr Vinay Kumar holds a Ph D as well as a Masters in Ancient Indian,
History, Culture and Archaeology, an MA in Archaeology and Heritage
Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology. He is Assistant
Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and
Archaeology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
He has worked as a Consultant and Assistant Archaeologist in the
ASI and has participated in excavations at many ancient sites. He was
also a Research Scholar at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the
Arts. His areas of specialization include Field Archaeology, Art History
and Heritage Management. He is the recipient of several research grants
and fellowships including from the National Museum of Korea.
Dr Kumar has published over forty five research papers in reputed
journals and authored four books including “West Asian and Hellenistic
Elements in Indian Art”. A member of many national and international
committees and societies, he is well versed in Persian, German,
Sanskrit, Oriya, Bangla and Maithili languages.
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