Dr. John Seyller, Professor of Art History, University of Vermont, received his Ph.D.

Dr. John Seyller, Professor of Art History, University of Vermont, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1986. Since then he has discovered many inscriptions that substantially alter long-established chronologies and has provided an extraordinarily complete account of the mechanisms of the Mughal library and painting workshop. In one exhaustive article (Artibus Asiae, 1997), he opened up an entirely new field with a study of the information recorded in inspection notes written on the flyleaves of hundreds of manuscripts once in the imperial Mughal library. The notes reveal the manuscripts’ source of acquisition, rate of perusal, monetary value, and qualitative ranking (e.g., first class, second grade), thus constituting the most extensive source of contemporary information about Mughal collecting and connoisseurship.

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Malavika Sarukkai is a renowned dancer and choreographer in Bharata Natyam

Malavika Sarukkai is a renowned dancer and choreographer in Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance form. Her refined sensibilities and fine body intelligence have seen her emerge as a brilliant choreographer inventing a deeply compelling style of her own and she is today acclaimed for her creative dance choreographies. Her collaborative productions have synergized through dialogues with artists from different media – poets, musicians, painters, sculptors and contemporary writers.


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