Sunday, 30 May 2010

PhD Studentship at Cardiff University

There's currently a PhD Studentship available at Cardiff University, to study Gupta-period brick temple foundations. This is Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded, and open to UK and EU students.

Click on the link for more information

Brick Foundations: Ahichhatra and the Formation of Indian Sacred Architecture in the Gupta-Vakataka Age

The studentship begins 1 October 2010 and lasts three years.

Apply by June 11, 2010

Thursday, 27 May 2010

The Indian Portrait, 1560-1860: Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

There's an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London on three centuries of Indian portrait painting. As I'm travelling in India right now I haven't been to see it yet, but I will as soon as possible. It looks like it'll be a beautiful collection of medieval and traditional Indian portraits, and (according to the website) the first of its kind in England.

The exhibition ends on June 20th.
Admission is free.

SOAS Event

In London with an hour or so to spare? Pop into SOAS today for a talk on Mughal Gardens and Other Approaches to Landscape and Nature/


The lecture takes a new view on the Mughal approach to landscape and nature. The foremost characterization of the Mughal garden is its strong architecturalization and it has been plausibly suggested that the Mughals saw in their strictly planned and consistently furnished chahar baghs a means to demonstrate the new order of Mughal rule in India. But it seems that the geometrical aspects of the Mughal garden have diverted our attention from another approach where no regular system is forced upon the landscape. The Mughal padshah claims nature as his own by making a permanent imprint on it with artistic means. It testifies to the extent of the engagement of the Mughals with India that they express themselves here largely in Indian terms.

Where: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Brunei Gallery
When: 6.30pm - 9.00pm