Archive for June, 2010
Time: until 16.08.10
Place: Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts, Paris
The exhibition presents the Buddhist heritage of Pakistan’s legends and monasteries.
The Paris exhibition commissioned by Pierre Cambon, head curator of the Guimet museum, replicates, in a modified form, the exhibition designed by Professor Michel Jansen and Doctor Christian Luczanits, presented under the name Gandhara.
The Gandhara is a former kingdom with a Hellenistic influence which spanned the North West provinces of today’s Pakistan. This civilisation contemporaneous with the Romans in the west and the Chinese Hans in the east, peaked between the 1st and 3rd century AD, in the era of the successors of Alexander the Great and the Kushan Empire.
The exhibition is organised by the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts and the National Art and Exhibition Centre of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. (more…)
Time: until 18.07.10
Place: Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, New York
Sackler Gallery has opened an extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist shrine room for public display, for the first time.
Acknowledged by practicing Buddhists as a sacred space, this shrine room contains hundreds of superb works of Buddhist art created between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries, including bronze sculptures, thangkas (scroll paintings), ritual objects, textile banners, and painted furniture. (more…)
This is an antique albumen print from around 1870, mounted on a contemporary album leaf with titling in contemporary ink.
Curiously, on verso there is another albumen print from around the same time, titled ‘Agra – the Zenana’.
The photograph displays the grandest of the two entrances to the fort. It leads to an inner gate – the Elephant Gate or Hathi Pol. The construction of the fort was begun by the Emperor Akbar in 1565.
235mm x 190mm. (9.25 x 7.5ins). (more…)
12:15pm to 2:15pm
Place: Hong Kong
A Luncheon Discussion with Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Former Minister of State for External Affairs, India, Former Under Secretary-General, United Nations and Author.
International observers point to a coming Asian century that will be dominated by the economic strength and political power of China and India. Some suggest the success of Indian unity and democracy, and the recent surge in economic growth signal India’s imminent emergence as a global superpower.
However, deep divisions within Indian society, politics, economics and culture, coupled with threats from militant groups across the border, may destabilize the country. Dr. Shashi Tharoor will discuss India’s transformation, future prospects as well as potential influence in world politics. (more…)
Time: 30.04 – 19.09
Place: British Library
Open seven days a week : admission free (more…)
Time: 15- 20. 07. 10
Place: London, UK
This summer London Indian Film Festival is showing new films around London, including the Barbican centre: (more…)
Watson, J. Forbes and Kaye, Sir John William (editors). Text: Meadows Taylor, Colonel Philip.
This is the earliest attempt at a complete ethnographic documentation of India in photographs; in fact one of the very first such surveys attempted anywhere in the world.
‘History of Bokhara from Earliest Period down to the Present. Composed for the First Time after Oriental Known and Unknown Manuscripts.’Friday, June 18th, 2010
The first edition of a fascinating account of Bokhara. The Hungarian orientalist Vambery was one of the most eminent scholar-travellers in Central Asia during the Victorian period.
Light staining at upper lower edge of margins of last pages. Decorative cloth, gilt. 8vo. pp. xxxv, 419.(more…)