EVENTS

NAURAS : THE MANY ARTS OF THE DECCAN

EXHIBITION & SYMPOSIUM
27TH - 29TH JANUARY 2015

EXHIBITION
27TH JANUARY – 20th MARCH 2015

National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi.

Curator : Preeti Bahadur Ramaswami, Art Historian.
Academic Advisor: Kavita Singh, Professor, Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi.

SYMPOSIUM
28th & 29th JANUARY
Main Auditorium, India International Center
40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi.

Curator: Kavita Singh, Professor, Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi.


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Limited seats available. programme subject to change without notice




28th JANUARY
9.30 am - 6.15 pm Sessions: THE COSMOPOLITAN DECCAN * THE NINE RASAS OF IBRAHIM ADIL SHAH

29th JANUARY
9.30 am - 6.15 pm Sessions: THE MANY ARTS OF THE DECCAN * THE PERFUMED GARDEN




THE COSMOPOLITAN DECCAN 28th January 9.30 am - 1.15 pm

NAVINA HAIDAR : Curator of Islamic Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Sultans of the South: Introducing the Art of the Deccan
followed by a conversation with William Dalrymple,
Writer and Historian.
Video

NAMAN AHUJA : Professor Visual Studies,
School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi
Early Cosmopolitan Engagements in the Deccan
followed by a conversation with Upinder Singh,
Professor Department of History, Delhi University.
Video

THE NINE RASAS OF IBRAHIM ADIL SHAH 2.15 pm - 6.15 pm

DEBORAH HUTTON: Associate Professor
of Art History, The College of New Jersey
Mixed Metaphors: Painting During The Reign of Ibrahim Adil Shah II
followed by a conversation with Jutta Jain-Neubauer,
A.v.Humboldt Fellow, Berlin/Delhi.
Video

MARK RICHARD BRAND: Independent Scholar, London
Nauraspur after Bijapur: Re-constructing the sultanate of Ibrahim Adil Shah II
followed by a conversation with Sunil Kumar,
Professor, Department of History, Delhi University.
Video

KATHERINE BUTLER SCHOFIELD:
Professor Department of Music, King’s College, London
Music, Art and Power in the Deccan's Muslim Courts: 16 & 18 Century Perspectives
followed by a conversation with Partho Datta,
Associate Professor, Department of History,
Zakir Husain Evening College, Delhi University.
Video




THE MANY ARTS OF THE DECCAN 29th January 9.45 am - 3.45 pm

JAGDISH MITTAL : Founder, Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art Hyderabad
Metalwork of the Deccan: Bidri and Filigree in the Collection of the Jagdish & Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art
followed by a conversation with Shobita Punja,
Art Historian, Independent Scholar, New Delhi.
Video

OMANA EAPPEN : Managing Trustee, Nauras Trust, Bengaluru
Two Gardens and A Kalamkari
SYLVIA W. HOUGHTELING : Research Scholar, Yale University
The Tree of Life and the World of Wonder:'AjA'ib Imagery on 17th-Century Kalamkari
followed by a conversation between the two speakers.

SUSAN STRONGE : Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum
The Lure of The Golconda Diamonds
followed by a conversation with Anamika Pathak,
Senior Keeper, Textile and Decorative Arts,
National Museum.
Video

THE PERFUMED GARDEN 3.45 pm - 6.15 pm

ALI AKBAR HUSAIN : Professor Indus Valley School of
Art and Architecture, Karachi
Perfume and Space In the Itrya-i-Nauras Shahi: A Study of a 17 century perfumery
text for Ibrahim Adil Shah II of Bijapur

followed by a conversation with Priyaleen Singh,
Professor School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
Video

EMMA FLATT : Assistant Professor, Department of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Plebeian Stinks & Magical Aromas: The Transformative Powers of Smell
followed by a conversation with Seema Alavi,
Professor Department of History, Delhi University.
Video



NAURAS : THE MANY ARTS OF THE DECCAN

Curator: Kavita Singh, Professor, Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi.

Deccan, Dakkhan, Dakshin: through its history the high plateau at the heart of peninsular India has been a place of great cultural wealth. Its long coastline has fostered contact with far-off lands, bringing diverse influences and fostering cosmopolitanism. Trade links across the seas also meant that the talented artisans of the Deccan produced exquisite goods for markets as far afield as South East Asia or Europe, adapting their skills to diverse tastes. But the Deccan was also meeting ground for north and south in India, as seen in unique monuments that quote and merge both traditions. And in the ‘golden age’ of the Deccani Sultanates In the 16th and 17th centuries – the kingdoms of Bijapur Golconda, Ahmadnagar, Bidar, and Berar - produced some of the most exquisite poetry, paintings, calligraphies, architecture, textiles and jeweled objects, that have until now remained in the shadows, unfairly eclipsed by Mughal magnificence of the same period.

As scholarly interest in the Deccan grows, and in advance of a major exhibition on the Deccan to be mounted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2015, The Aesthetics Project announces its 2015 Exhibition & Symposium: Nauras: The Many Arts of the Deccan. Leading scholars from India and abroad will speak on different aspects of this fascinating area and its exceptional, but little-known, arts. The enigmatic figure of Ibrahim Adil Shah – sultan, poet, philosopher and musician, sometimes called ‘the Akbar of the Deccan’ – will be an area of focus, as will the long history of Deccani cosmopolitanism, its fabulous textiles, diamonds and metalware, perfume, and gardens


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