This was truly an exuberant year with a number of activities the department of Ancient Indian Culture proudly conducted. The department indulged in educational activities that encouraged internship opportunities for all the five batches in both undergraduate and post graduate studies, in collaboration with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. Our trips explored the tenets of our cultural heritage with zeal, to perceive its endorsement through tourism, museology, conservation, archaeology and the collaborative study of World Civilizations.
We began the academic year in the spirit of our Noble Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore whose collection of paintings was on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). The inauguration of Tagore for Teenagers on the 28th of June witnessed a lecture delivered by Mrs. Marina Dutta on the early life of Tagore. Our students under the leadership of Shraddha Jadhav (TYBA) put up an enchanting dance on his composition, while Dr. Anita Rane Kothare captivated the audiences with Tagores Short story of The Kabuliwala and Pallavi Gupta (TYBA) delighted the spectators with her Rabindra Sangeet.
For the next event we ventured into the Jurassic Age with our mascot Dinny: The Dinosaur who was loved and admired by children as a part of the workshop on Paleontology held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. A lecture was delivered by Dr. Anita Rane Kothare on fossils like the Keichousaurus and Ms. Nitya Suryanarayanan (TYBA) conducted an activity of making origami dinosaurs. .
Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare conducted lectures on Indian culture and organized a site visit to Mahakali caves for various batches of exchange students.
The Brazilian Film Week was organized in collaboration with the Brazilian Consulate, the Department of Bachelors in Mass Media and the Ancient Indian Culture Department of St. Xaviers College in the month of August. At the end of the week, film reviews were sent in by students and the winners were given prizes by the Brazilian Consulate.
The Department conducted the event of Clay Ganesha on two such occasions in the month of September in collaboration with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, The Museum Society of Bombay and The Times of India. The event was organized at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya wherein
Mrs. Marina Dutta delivered a lecture to students on the various depictions of Ganesha that was illustrated for the making of Clay Ganesha idols. On the second day a lecture was delivered by Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare on the iconography of Ganesha and the essence of the festival. The lecture unfolded with the making of clay idols of Ganesha by school children who later proceeded to Gateway of India for the Aarti followed by immersion.
In the month of October, the M.A. Part I batch visited Matheran and studied its historicity and its local culture. They experienced the Toy Train ride and stayed at the railway lodge, under the supervision of Dr. Anita Rane Kothare. A trip to the Railway Museum at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was organized in collaboration with the Central Railways and our department, which opened its display to our students. It housed working models of the first steam engine in Bombay, along with early tickets issued and models with dioramas of railway routes.
The department, in collaboration with Michigan University and Deccan College Pune held two site seminars at Ajanta Caves in the months of August and January which was conducted for our students by Emeritus Prof. Walter Spink, Dr. Anita Rane -Kothare and Dr. Shreekant Jadhav.
The Indian Art History Congress was hosted by the Heras Institute at St. Xaviers College and under the section of Iconography, papers were presented by Dr. Anita Rane Kothare on Hamsa Mala, and on Andhakasurvadh by our student Vaishnavi Patil. Jason Johns presented a paper on Mary Depicted in Church Window Art and Pallavi Gupta presented a paper on The Terracotta Figure of Mary under the section of Indo -Christian Art. Dr. Radha Kumar was the coordinator of the cultural program which illustrated a Gondhal dance performed by Shraddha Jadhav (TYBA) under the guidance of Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare and Amarapali: a dance drama under
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the guidance of Dr. Radha Kumar. A lecture was delivered by Dr. Anita Rane Kothare who conducted a guided tour to Elephanta for the delegates..
A workshop for children on befriending Museums was organized by the Department in collaboration with the Museum Society of Bombay and The Hill Springs School at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya on the Indus Valley Civilization in the month of October.
The film release Govinda Sathi Vattel Te directed by Siddhesh Sawant on the cultural importance of Dahi Handi in the realm of its present politicization was screened by the Department. Our students participated in the making of the movie by giving insights into the cultural relevance of the festival.
The trip conducted during the Diwali vacations by the Department to the state of Madhya Pradesh explored Indian culture and ethnicity. The Khajuraho chain of temples, the Orccha set of monuments, the Panna National Park, the Pre-Historic Cave Paintings and the Bhedaghat Marble Rocks on the River Narmada explored the diversity the state offered with its historicity of cultures. The students were on their toes experiencing the wildlife, art, culture and geographic rendezvous which re-define the aims of our subject under study with its interdisciplinary facets of learning.
Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare and Mr. Jason Johns participated in a two day conference on X-Ray Fluorescence by the Museum Art Conservation Centre (MACC) and Bruker International wherein fossils belonging to the department were examined by the XRF machine.
The Who of the Holocaust was a lecture cum exhibition in collaboration with the Museum Society of Bombay and the Department which was held on the 12th of November at the CSMVS. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Inbal Kvity Ben-Dov who moved the audience by defining each group of individuals like the victims, perpetrators and bystanders of the
A joint paper was presented by Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare and Pallavi Gupta at Aurangabad at the State Level Conference of Local History on the topic Chakan: local history perceived in the realm of tourism. The said paper was eventually published..
The Heras Memorial Lecture during its Golden Jubilee Session was graced by Emeritus Prof. Dr. Romila Thapar and was followed with an interactive session with our students. Our TYBA students received their certificates pertaining to their Research Methodology Workshop from Dr. Romila Thapar. This year two of our students, Pallavi Gupta and Vaishnavi Patil were rewarded with a token of appreciation for their excellence during the Research Methodology Programme. A few of our M.A Part I students were given a certificate on completion of their Modi Script course at this event.
Our students also participated in conducting guided tours for the ongoing exhibition of the Flemish Masterpieces and Prints of Antwerp and the Cyrus Cylinder in the CSMVS and the No Parsi Is an Island and Across Oceans and flowing Silks: From Canton to Bombay 18th 20th centuries at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).
The department held its annual festival cum exhibition, Vividha on the theme Persia: Sands of Time on the 9th and 10th January .The departmental magazine RCA also on the same theme, consisting of articles written by students relating to ancient Persia and the diaspora today, was released by Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas and Mr.Mehdi Hasankhhani, Director of Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran.Two lectures were delivered by Dr. Ehsan Mohamedhoesseni on Ancient Persian Art and Justice during the festival.The festival showcased the art and architecture of Ancient Persia and Medieval-Modern Iran in the form of models, charts and maps made by our students along with artifacts loaned to us by the Culture House of the
Islamic Republic of Iran.
Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare along with student participation helped in the designing and execution of two Tableaux for the Minority Cell and Gramin Paryavaran at the Republic Day Parade 2014 in Mumbai. The TYBA students went on a fieldtrip to the Karla, Bhaja, Bedsa and Kondane caves in the month of March, led by Dr. Anita Rane -Kothare.
Under the guidance of Dr. Anita Rane -Kothare and Dr. Joan Dias, the students of M.A. Part I conducted their assignment on surface exploration and discovered many unknown facets about the local history of Mumbai. The M.A Part II batch had conducted the same exploration and their findings were published in the Bombay Explorers.
The findings of the MA Part I students were remarkable and it is worth mentioning that Ms. Ashwini Nawathe and her work on Sion helped in recovering and notifying the ASI about the importance of milestone IX and preserving it. Heritage-walks were held in collaboration with the BLHS to Sion by Ms.Ashwini Nawathe, Haji Ali and Ma-Haji Ali by Taykhoom Biviji. Two interactive lectures and walks to the Armenian Church, Meadows Street with a focus on ritual, language, vestments and history were conducted in collaboration with the MSB and the BLHS in the months of February and June by Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare and Mr. Jason Johns.
The department, in collaboration with Mr. Anupam Sah, MACC, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya conducted a two day practical paper conservation workshop in the month of April for our students.
Mr. Jason Johns (MA Part II student) was invited to give a tour of Bhaja Caves for a visiting scholar from Delhi.
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