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Professor Emeritus of Art History, Panjab University

Date & Time

Monday Mon, 27 Jun 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

In this talk, based on his recent book, A Sacred Journey, Professor BN Goswamy decodes a series of hitherto un-identified Pahari paintings from the Kedara Kalpa manuscript, a relatively unknown Shaivite text from Rajasthan. The paintings depict the journey of five pilgrims through uncharted territory to have a darshan of Shiva in Kailash.

From snow-capped frontiers to golden stretches of land, the uncommon resolve in the minds of pilgrims to the feeling of triumph at the end of the expedition, traverse a range of geographical, emotional, and spiritual terrains in this illustrative lecture.

In collaboration with the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP)


Image Credits

  • Thumbnail- The sadhakas drink from a sacred stream and offer homage to a linga, The Ashley Crawford collection
  • Hero- Shiva in the guise of an old man leads the sadhakas and they have a darshan of him and Parvati, The Ashley Crawford collection


BN Goswamy

Professor Emeritus of Art History, Panjab University

BN Goswamy, is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Panjab University, Chandigarh. His work, which has gained him the title of being India’s leading art historian, on Indian paintings especially has inspired a lot of thought and conversation. He has received the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, the Rietberg Award for Outstanding Research in Art History, the Padma Shri (1998) and the Padma Bhushan (2008). Prof Goswamy has taught, as Visiting Professor, at several universities across the world such as Universities of Pennsylvania, Heidelberg, California (at Berkeley and Los Angeles), and Zurich. He has also been responsible for major exhibitions of Indian art at Paris, San Francisco, Zurich, San Diego, New York, Frankfurt, and New Delhi.

Prof Goswamy has written over 25 books, among them are classics like Pahari Masters (Zurich, 1992); Nainsukh of Guler(Zurich, 1997); The Spirit of Indian Painting (Penguin, 2014), and The Great Mysore Bhagavata (San Diego, 2019).