Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology

In the year 2018-19, the department conducted various activities to enrich the students’ learning quotient. The department organized educational activities in collaboration with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum) that helped in the internship opportunities for all the 5 undergraduate and postgraduate batches Our field activities as well as in-house activities explored the many facets of our cultural heritage in the realms of heritage management, tourism, museology, archaeology..  These activities would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Museum Society of Mumbai (MSM), formerly known as the Museum Society of Bombay, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), the Consulate General and Promotion Centre of the Argentine Republic in Mumbai, Consulate General of Brazil in Mumbai, the Archaeological Survey of India and our college.

The year 2018 began with the department collaborating with the Consulate General of Brazil in Mumbai holding the annual Brazilian Film Week from   23rd –28th July 2018 which was attended by a large number of people..Along with this a three month course on Brazilian Portuguese was launched at the same time for our students. A short term course  on ‘Perspectives on Indian Polity with special reference to Kautilya’s Arthashastra’, in collaboration with Anantacharya Indological Research Institute was held in the first week of August for the Under-graduate and Post- Graduate students of the college. Between 8th-11th August 2018 , six Paramparik Skill building workshops were held in collaboration with the Museum Society of Mumbai. The students were taught the skills of Miniature Painting, Pattachitra, Palm Leaf Etching, Tie and Dye, etc by national award-winning artisans from across the country.The annual Eco friendly Ganesha activity was conducted in collaboration with the SSL and the Museum Society of Mumbai for children from various NGOs on 9th September at CSMVS. It consisted of a lecture by Dr.Kothare assisted by Mr. Jason Johns and a clay modelling session for the children ..On the 18th of September 2018 Prof. Em Walter M. Spink delivered a lecture on Ajanta at CSMVS. From the 20th-23rd of September, the students of the Masters Programme from the department attended the Ajanta- Ellora Site Seminar. The highlight of this seminar were the on-site lectures delivered by Prof. Em. Walter M. Spink, an authority on the site of Ajanta.Inputs were given by Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare (HOD);Dr. Shreekant Jadhav, Deccan College Pune; Dr.Saryu Doshi, Art Historian; Dr. UshaBhatia, Art Historian and Mr. Jason Johns, visiting faculty which enriched the overall experience of  the students.

During the Diwali vacation, the department organised a one-week cultural tour to Tamil Nadu to explore the sites of Mahabalipuram, Vellore and Kanchipuram.The department conducted a 5-day intensive course in Modi Script from 10th to 14th December 2018 in collaboration with Vidhyarthi Utkarsh Mandal, Modi Lipi Prashikshan Kendra and was well attended. Mr. Jason Johns accompanied the F.Y.J.C students with Mr. H. Naqvi, History- Junior College and gave interactive on-site lectures from 27th -30th December at the sites of Lothal, Rani- Ki-Vav and Modhera temple in the state of Gujarat. Mr. Jason Johns accompanied visiting exchange students and their professors from Belgium, St. Xavier’s College Kathmandu and Dept. of B. Voc. Tourism, Jai Hind College to Elephanta Caves and gave an interactive lecture on the site.. From the 6th to the 11th of January 2019 the department organised a QEP programme conducted by Dr. Kothare on Ancient Board Games which was well received. The annual departmental festival Vividha 2019 was organised on the theme “Paschim : the West”in the woods on 12th and 13th January 2019 in the woods. The festival- exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Pheroza J. Godrej, Chairperson , Museum Society of Mumbai, after which the departmental magazine “RCA”on the same theme was released. On 28th of January Mr. Jason Johns took a fieldtrip to Kanheri Caves with the F.Y.B.A and M.A students to explore the multiple facets of Buddhist Cave Architecture. Mr. Jason Johns was invited by  Jai Hind College (Certificate on Indian Culture Programme) to give on site lectures at the Kanheri caves and the Bhau Daji Lad museum for a group of 30 students.On behalf of the Dept. of B. Voc (Tourism) Mr. Jason Johns was invited to deliver an on-site lecture at the Kondane caves in the month of February 2019.

Staff Engagement:

Dr.Anita Rane- Kothare :

  • Was invited to deliver guest lectures at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya on Heritage Laws and Antiquarian Acts, H.R College on Indian Culture and Art at S.N.D.T College Matunga on Museology, J.J. School of Art for a lecture on Temple Architecture, Epic Channel etc. Conducted heritage walks for Hindustan Times and was covered by the press 

  • Re-elected as the Vice- Chairperson of the Museum Society of Mumbai for the period 2018-21

  • She presented a paper at the International conference on Art and Architectural Traditions of India and Iran: Commonality and Diversity, which was  held from 5 to 7 December 2018, at the Conference Room India Arab Culture Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

  • Her joint paper with Mr. Saju George titled “ Study of Museum Visitors at Four Museums in Mumbai during off Season” was published in Xplore : The Xavier’s Research Journal , Vol 9, Issue 1, December 2018, ISSN 2249-1878.

  • Presided as Chairperson of a session at the Seminar on “The Forts Of Maharashtra” held on 16 and 17 February 2019 at the Cama Oriental Research Institute.

  • She was invited by the Consul General of United States of America to deliver a lecture at Elephanta Caves in March 2019

  • Thereafter she was invited by the ambassador of the United States of America to Aurangabad where she delivered on-site  lectures at Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Ajanta Caves. She was honoured with the “US Mission India
    Ambassador’s Coin Medal” for the same.

  • She gave a lecture on the history of St. Xavier’s College for the wives of the Consul Generals posted in Mumbai.


Dr.Radha Kumar:

  • Dr. Radha Kumar gave an enlightening talk on "Prakriti , Rina and Rta in Indian Culture : Constructing its impact" for the SPC students on Saturday, 8th September 2018 in the College Hall.

  • Was invited as a Resource person to deliver a lecture at the Executive training programme of the Stockholm School of Economics’ delegates.

  • Resource person for Television Series: Epic channel. Episode 1- Auspicious Beginning and Episode 6- Shringar

Mr. Jason Johns:

  • Mr. Jason Johns received the First Annual Dr.Devangana Desai Junior Research Endowment for the Year 2018-19

  • Re-elected as the Jt. Honorary Secretary of the Museum Society of Mumbai for the period 2018-21

  • His paper titled “Ornamentations Around the Symbol of the Cross” was published in Xplore : The Xavier’sResearch Journal , Vol 9, Issue 1, December 2018, ISSN 2249-1878.

  • He was invited to J.J School of Architecture as a part of the Built Heritage Studies in Conservation Course to deliver a lecture on "Intangible Heritage in Built Structures" in February 2019. 

  • He presented a paper jointly with Ms. Priyanka Suryaneni, Ms. Harshali Pagare and Ms. Nisha Rana on “the Sewri and Worli Forts” at the Seminar on “The Forts Of Maharashtra” held on 16 and 17 February 2019 at the Cama Oriental Research Institute.

  • Moderator of papers for the Department of History  at Jai Hind College (Autonomous), Mumbai.


-Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare,

Head Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology.

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