Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology

In the year 2020, the department conducted various activities to enrich the students' learning quotient. The department organized educational activities that brought opportunities of internship for all the 5 batches, (both undergraduate and postgraduate) students, in collaboration with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Our field activities in- house activity explored the facets of our cultural heritage in heritage management, tourism, museology and archaeology. These activities were possible with the collaboration of the Museum Society of Mumbai (MSM), 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 own college.

In June 2019, the department opened its new one-year diploma course titled “Diploma in Ancient Indian Culture and Heritage”. On June 21st 2019, Dr. Radha Kumar along with the students of the department participated in the International Yoga Day celebration of the college. As part of the outreach activities, Dr. Radha Kumar conducted the Teachers Training programme at Kendriya Vidyalaya on 22nd June 2020. Between 5th and 9th August 2019 Mr. Jason Johns conducted the Honours lecture series titled ‘Mytho is Lit’ which was attended by an enthusiastic audience. On 6th August 2019, the department had a lecture by Tom Mayes, a Conservationist, on ‘Old things matter’ and the session was well attended. Between 20th – 27th August 2019 the department as part of its endeavour to save heritage, conducted Paramparik Karigar workshops on traditional crafts like leather jewellery, Gond art, hand block painting and phad painting. On 20th August 2019, the department organised a lecture by Ms. Aishwaraya Harish (an expert of Bharatanrithyam) to deliver a guest lecture titled ‘The Essence Of Nritya In Sculptures And Literature’ for the MA Performing Arts students. The lecture was facilitated by Dr. Radha Kumar. The department in collaboration with the Marathi Vangmay Mandal, Museum Society of Mumbai conducted its annual Eco-Friendly Clay Ganesha activity with NGOs and the visually challenged students of the college on 31st August 2019, the event comprised of a lecture by Dr. Kothare followed by modelling clay Ganeshas, the aarti and immersion at the Gateway of India. During the months of August to October, Mr. Jason Johns conducted a series of activities with NIFT, Mumbai which consisted of lectures at the institute and field visits to Kanheri Caves, South Mumbai, Khotachiwadi, Elephanta Caves and Worli Fort.

Between 14th and 18th  September 2019, the department in collaboration with the Museum Society of Mumbai along with Mr. Kishore Jhunjhunwala organised an exhibition titled ‘Mahatma the Legacy’ on the life of Gandhiji and to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. The exhibition consisted of original Gandhi memorabilia and also his relics; the exhibition was inaugurated by officials from the Consulate of South Africa and saw a footfall of 2000 individuals. A workshop was conducted by Mrs Marina Dutta on “Mahatma beyond the textbook” for teachers and students.

As part of the alumni connect, the department organised a curated walk at Piramal Museum of Art, Parel by Ms. Tejaswi Mehta, Alumna Dept. of AIHCA and Manager - Education & Outreach, Piramal Museum for the SYBA and TYBA students of the department. On 1st October the department organised a lecture by Ms. Candida Remedios, Archivist, Cipla Archives & Alumna, Dept. of AIHCA on the topic “Business Archiving” for the students of SYBA and TYBA to further their interests in museology, archiving and documentation. Between 26th-29th November 2019, the department in collaboration with the Consulate General of Spain conducted the Cine De Espanol - Spanish Film Week as part of ECC and Honours activities. The department participated in an event along with Dr. Rajendra Yadav, Superintendent Archaeologist ASI, Mumbai circle at Mahakali caves, Andheri. The ASI exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare. This event was held to commemorate the World Heritage Week that is observed from 19-25 November every year. On behalf of the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Mr. Jason Johns conducted a heritage walk for Belgian exchange programme students and professors on 17th Nov 2019. On 30th November, Mr. Jason Johns conducted a ‘Befriending museum’ activity and quiz in the Pre-Proto History gallery and sculpture gallery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya for TYBA, Diploma and Cross Faculty students. He participated in the XYNERGY exhibition that was organised in college from 29th to 30th November 2019 to familiarise school students with the courses offered by the department. On the occasion of World Archaeology Day, the TYBA AIHCA students, under the guidance of our professor Mr. Jason Johns, had a guest lecture by Mr. Anupam Sah, Chief Conservator, MACC, CSMVS followed by a visit to the lab. The students were given a firsthand experience of how a conservation lab functions and were made familiar to the different tools used and tasks carried in the lab.

The department began the new year 2020 with our annual festival cum exhibition Vividha 2020 on the theme Chapplankruti: The Footwear Of The Ancients. The exhibition was held on 9th and 10th of January in the Woods and was inaugurated by Dr. Jehangir Mistry, Director XIC, in the presence of Dr. Shinde, Principal, Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare, HOD and Vice- Chairperson, MSM, Dr. Radha Kumar, Associate Professor, Mr. Jason Johns, Visiting Prof. and Jt. Hon. Secretary, MSM and students. The exhibition consisted of stalls, exhibits and models based on the theme. Along with this, RCA, the departmental magazine on the theme ‘Vastralamkar: Clothing of the Ancients’ was also released. On Sunday 12th January, Mr. Jason Johns took the SYBSc cross-faculty, MA AIHCA and Diploma students on a field visit to Elephanta Caves where the students studied the evolution of Brahmanical Cave Architecture and Iconography on site.

From the 16th to 19th January of 2020 the department organised the Ajanta-Ellora site seminar at the caves. A group of 24 students visited the caves under the guidance of Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare, Dr. Shreekant Jadhav and Mr. Jason Johns who provided enlightening explanations for the same. In commemoration of ‘The International Holocaust Day’ on January 29th, 2020 the department in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai & The Consulate General of Switzerland in Mumbai organised an exhibition titled “Beyond Duty” and held the film screening ‘Carl Lutz - The Forgotten Hero’. The event was well attended by several Consul Generals.

The students of the department went on a field visit to Gujarat. Under the guidance of Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare and Mr. Jason Johns, they explored the sites of Adalajki Vav, Rani ki Vav, Lothal, Modhera Sun Temple, Sastraling Talav, etc. from the 13th  to 16th February, 2020 and  it  was an enriching experience for all who attended. Rejuvenating ourselves on Sunday morning, 65 students from FYBA went for a field visit to Kanheri Caves on 2nd March, 2020. Under the guidance of Mr. Jason Johns, they explored the concepts of Buddhist Rock-cut Caves, Buddhism, Epigraphy and dynastic details of Satavahanas, Kshatrapas, etc.

Despite the lockdown, the faculty prepared themselves for conducting various activities online in the near future.

 

Staff Engagement:

 

Dr. Anita Rane-Kothare

  • She 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. She conducted heritage walks for Hindustan Times and was covered by the press.
  • She was invited to deliver a lecture at Ajanta Caves for J.J. School of Arts’ students as a part of the Ajanta week in December 2019. A research paper was published in their journal.
  • She was re-elected as the Vice- Chairperson of the Museum Society of Mumbai for the period 2018-2021.
  • She delivered a lecture titled “Petroglyphs in South West Maharashtra” at the event organised by the Museum Society of Mumbai and CSMVS on 7th August 2019, 6:00 pm at Visitors Centre, CSMVS.
  • She was invited by Prabhodhan Vidyaniketan School as a chief guest for Marathi Rajbhasha Din on 27th February 2020.
  • She was invited as a referee for PhD Thesis at Deccan college Pune.
  • She was invited to participate in the exhibition on “Small things matter” at the CSMVS.
  • She attended multiple webinars and online sessions.

 

Dr. Radha Kumar

  • She was invited as a resource person to deliver a lecture at the Executive training programme of the Stockholm School of Economics’ delegates.
  • She was the resource person for Television Series: Epic channel. Episode 1- Auspicious Beginning and Episode 6 - Shringar.
  • On 13th January 2020, she conducted a workshop and delivered a lecture on Philosophy and Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi for the Faculty and Students at the International Symposium in Hiranandani Foundation School.
  • She was bestowed with the Nupura Kala Shrestha Puraskar 2020 in the Field of Art and Education.
  • She organised the lecture series on COVID-19: Pan(aca)demic for the Honours students from 30th April to 1st May 2020 and presented a paper titled “Relevance and Incorporating the concepts of RTA and Sadhana in today's life.”
  • She delivered a lecture on the Philosophy Of Gandhi to the faculty and students from the Dutch Conglomerate Academic Institutions at Hiranandani Foundation School on January 13th 2020.
  • During the Honours course conducted by DIRS, St Xavier’s College- Samvaad Exploring The Major World Religions, she was invited to deliver a Lecture on Hinduism on 5th February 2020.
  • She was invited as a Chief Guest at the Annual cultural programme Vasai Fine Arts Festival on 10th February 2020.
  • She presented a paper and performed for the Socio Academy of St Xavier’s College. “Finding Mothers” Lasya Rudri Stri and used the method of dance where the aspects of ‘woman’ were explored on 13th February 2020.
  • She was invited to deliver a lecture and was a panellist for Career Paathshhala – A National symposium for career counsellors conducted by SNDT on 7th March 2020.
  • She was a resource person for delivering a lecture on Hinduism in the Applied Philosophy And Ethics on the online course in Business on 30th May 2020.
  • She conducted a webinar on the Position of Women in Ancient India, Shades And Shadows on 7th and 8th May 2020.
  • She conducted a webinar on the topic ‘Varnashrama’ and its relevance in social history at the Leo International School on 4th May 2020.
  • She conducted a webinar at Leo International School on Education in Ancient India on 14th May 2020.
  • The Role of Ayurveda in Health Sciences on 22nd May 2020.
  • She presented the concept of Katha to construct history and Folk traditions for Emylon Business school on 25th February 2020.

 

Mr. Jason Johns

  • He successfully completed the first annual Dr. Devangana Desai Junior Research Endowment for the Year 2018-2019. He was re-elected as the Jt. Honorary Secretary of the Museum Society of Mumbai for the period 2018- 2021
  • 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 2020 as the Department of AIHCA deals with training students in Heritage Management and Conservation.
  • He was the moderator of the Dept. of History papers at Jai Hind College (Autonomous), Mumbai.
  • He was a guest lecturer at NIFT, Mumbai
  • He presented a paper titled ‘Deities and Disease management - 2 case studies from mythology and literature’ at the series titled ”COVID-19: PAN (ACA)DEMIC
  • for the Honours students of the college from 30th April to 1st May 2020.
  • He completed Certificate Course in Ancient Egypt, University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, April- July 2020.
  • He completed a Certificate Course in Christianity through its scriptures from (HarvardX) Harvard University via EdX in May 2020.
  • He completed a Certificate Course in Big History: Connecting Knowledge by Macquarie University via Coursera in May 2020.
  • He completed a Certificate Course in Archaeoastronomy from Politecnico di Milano via Coursera in May 2020.
  • He completed a one-week Certificate Course in Gender Sensitisation & Prevention of Sexual Harassment from One Future Collective from the 11th to 17th of May 2020.
  • He completed a one-week Certificate Course in Queer Rights & Allyship from One Future Collective from 25th May to 31st May 2020.
  • He completed a certificate course on Queering the Schoolhouse: LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Educators from University of Colorado System via Coursera in May 2020.
  • He completed a certificate course in Alternative Intelligence from Microsoft via EdX in May 2020.
  • He completed a certificate course in Cyber security and Mobility by University System of Georgia via Coursera in May 2020.
  • He completed a certificate course on MOOC: How to make a MOOC? by Novosibirsk State University via Coursera in June 2020.
  • He attended multiple webinars and online sessions.

 

Dr. Anita Rane Kothare,
Head, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology

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