Ancient Indian Culture

In the academic year, the department conducted various activities to enrich the students learning quotient. The department organized educational activities that brought out opportunities of internship for all the 5 batches in both under-graduate and post graduate students in collaboration with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum) especially during the exhibition ‘‘India and the World”.  Our field activities as well as in-house activities explored the facets of our cultural heritage in the realms of heritage management, tourism, museology, archaeology and archaeology .These activities would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Museum Society of Mumbai (MSM), formerly 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 and of course our very own College

During the year 2017-2018 our activities began with a homage to the late Mr. Fredrick Stevens (architect of CST station) followed by a heritage walk around CST and the Railway Museum along with his great-great granddaughter Mrs Diana Robertson. This was organized for the department by Dr.Kothare in collaboration with the Museum Society of Mumbai, Bombay Local History Society and Central Railway. Dr.Kothare conducted a Befriending Museum Workshop for Adivasistudents of Nandurbar on 16th May, 2017. Catering to the interests of culture, the department, in collaboration with the Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Consulate General of Brazil in Mumbai and the Museum Society of Mumbai, organized an international exhibition titled XINGU:-Spirit Papers from another world by Mrs. Sheila Maureen Bisilliat from 5th to 15th July 2017.The exhibition was inaugurated by the Consul General of Brazil and had a foot fall of over a thousand persons, the students acted as docents for the same. The Brazil Film Week- 2017 (from 3rd to 7th July) , a joint event with the Consulate General of Brazil in Mumbai and the Department. of English was held in the SCAVI. The students submitted film reviews for the same. 

Keeping in mind its goal ofconserving heritage, the department organized a Paramparik Karigar workshop on Bandhini by National award winner artist Sulamain Khatri on 8th August 2017. This was well attended. Between 10th and 11th August 2017 a practical flint knapping workshop by Dr.Tosabanta Padhan (Asst. Professor Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Asi.Keilh College of Arts and Social Sciences, Asmara University, Eritrea, North Eastern Africa) and Dr. Shreekant Jadhav, Deccan College of Archaeology (Pune), was organized withthe department giving them both theoretical and hands on experience about the prehistoric art of tool making. 

A fieldtrip to Bhuj from 11th to 14th August 2017 was organized by the department for the undergraduate and post-graduation students, Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare assisted by Mr. Jason Johns guided the students through the site and gave an on-site lecture at Dholavira and the Rann of Kutch. The annual Eco friendly Ganesha activity was conducted in collaboration with the Museum Society of Mumbai and the Consulate of Brazil for children from Kamathipura on 19th August at CSMVS. It consisted of a lecture by Dr.Kothare who was assisted by Mr. Jason Johns, a clay modeling session for the children followed and after the arti the children immersed their Ganeshas at Gateway of India. On 16th September, an interactive lecture cum Heritage walk to the St. Peter’s Armenian Church(Fort) was conducted by Mr Jason Johns in collaboration with the Dept. of B. VocTourim, Jai Hind College and the Museum Society of Mumbai,wherein the cultural tradition and history of the community was explored by the participants. As done annually, a site seminar was organized at Ajanta and Ellora caves in collaboration with Prof. Emeritus Walter Spink and Dr.Shreekant Jadhav, Deccan College of Archaeology Pune. The students had on-site lectures with lecturers at Ajanta on 22nd-23rd September and at Ellora on 24th September wherein they explored the concept of Cave architecture, Iconography, Archaeology, etc. Mr. Jason Johns accompanied the S.Y.J.C students with Mr. H. Naqvi, History- Junior College and gave interactive on site lectures from 24th -28th October at the sites of Ajanta, Ellora, Bibi-Ki- Maqbara, Daulatabad, etc. A lecture series from 13th—17th November on "Mother Earth and Her Secrets of Sustainability" by Ms.Kaumudi Malladi was organized by Dr.Radha Kumar as a part of the QEP programme. The department, in collaboration with the Consulate of Argentina and the Xaviers Research Center for the Visually Challenged, organised a workshop (DivyaDrishti)by Argentinian muralist Mr. Pablo Ramirez Arnol on Painting with aroma colors. It is a unique concept that allows the visually challenged students to indulge in art work using their inner-vision rather than their eyes. Sighted students could get a similar experienceusing an eye mask.

The department conducted a field visit to Nashik on 1th of December for undergraduate and post- graduation students to the Pandav Leni Caves and Gargoti mineral museum Sinnar as it is a part of their syllabus on Archaeology, Tourism, Heritage Management, etc. Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare assisted by Mr. Jason Johns guided the students through the site and gave an on-site lecture and conducted an interactive activity for them. On 30th April, 8th September, 24th November 2017 Mr. Jason Johns accompanied visiting exchange students and their professors from Belgium, St. Xavier’s College Jaipur and Dept. of B. Voc. Tourism, Jai Hind College to Elephanta Caves and gave an interactive lecture on the site. On 18th of November, Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare assisted by Mr. Jason Johns gave an interactive lecture on the site of Elephanta to the Bizot Group (directors of various museums across the world), which was well received. Mr. Jason Johns accompanied the F.Y.J.C students with Mr. H. Naqvi, History- Junior College and gave interactive on site lectures from 29th -31st December at the sites of Karle, Shaniwar Wada, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Simhagad, Pratapgadh, etc.The department held its annual departmental festival Vividha2018 :Kalotsav- Craft traditions of India in the Woods of the College on 11th and 12th January 2018. The exhibition featured the various crafts and artisitic traditions in India, along with this interactive workshops on pottery and batik were also held.

A selected group of M.A Part II students led by Mr. Jason Johns and The Explorers took a group of Architects from all around India for a heritage walk inSouth Mumbai and Elephanta Caves on 12th and 13 January 2018. Mr Jason Johns led the F.Y.B.A and M.A students of the department (28th January 2018) and the cross-faculty students (4th February 2018) to the Kanheri cave complex for exploring the Buddhist Cave architecture. Two walkthroughs through the exhibition “India and the World”  at CSMVS were organized for the T.Y.B.A and F.Y.B.A students of the department in the month of January by Mr. Jason Johns in collaboration with the Education department and the Museum Art Conservation Centre ,CSMVS. A site seminar was organized at Ajanta and Ellora caves in collaboration with Prof. Emeritus Walter Spink and Dr.ShreekantJadhav, Deccan College of Archaeology, Pune. The students who were accompanied by Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare and Mr. Jason Johns, had on-site lectures with lecturers at Ajanta and Ellora from 5th to 9th March 2018. In these lectures,they explored the concept of Cave architecture, Iconography, Archaeology, etc.

STAFF ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLICATION:-

Dr. Anita Rane- Kothare

  • Was invited to deliver  guest lectures at Somaiya College on Buddhist art;,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, etc. Conducted heritage walks for Hindustan Times  and was covered by the press 

  • Presented a research paper titled “The Role of a Semester- Course “Development of Heritage Management and Tourism in India” at, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Mumbai in Creating Heritage Awareness”. at the International Conference on Heritage Management Education & Practice: Exploring Connections across Disciplines & Stakeholders, July 28 – 31, 2017; Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad 

  • Presented a joint paper with Mr. Jason Johns titled “The role of the Museum Society of Mumbai in creating Heritage awareness” was also presented.

  • Published a Research paper titled “Political organizations and feudalism during the Rashtrakuta period: For understanding the extent of the art in the Empire” in Xplore - The Xavier’s Research Journal. Vol. 8, Issue 3, (Humanities & Social Sciences Edition) December 201 7, ISBN -2249- 1878.Was selected to present a paper at the The International Conference on Land Transportation, Locomotive Heritage and Road Culture -Centre for Heritage Studies at University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka between 14 to 15th December 2017. Her paper was titled “Neolithic Cartography And Trade Routes In South Western Coastal Maharashtra, India”. The paper was published.

  • Presided as Chairperson of a session on 7th January 2017 at the Cama Oriental Research Institute seminar from Nisa to Niya –Reappraising Cultural Conduits and Commercial centers along the Silk route.

  • Was the resource person for the Television Series: Epic Channel

Dr.Radha Kumar

  • Was invited as a Key note Speaker at Smt. SulochanadeviSinghania school at their Model United Nation Conference on 22nd July 2017

  • Was invited on 8th October 2017, to present a theme-based-Concert at Singhania School called “Raagatimka.” It was an integration of Art, Performance and Lecture demonstration.

  • Was invited to be a resource person at the Science honours programme called JIGYAASA conducted by K.C College on 14th October 2017. The session was on Music and Spirituality.

  • Was invited to deliver a lecture cum demonstration in the Organization Tabla Connect on 6th September 2017. The topic was  “Universal Rhythm.”

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

  • Received  the Mrs Avabai B. Wadia Research Fellowship for 2016-2017. Presented a research paper titled “Silk routes leading to Buddhist Roots –Tracking through the literary sources.”on 6th January 2017 at the Cama Oriental Research Institute seminar from Nisa to Niya –Reappraising Cultural Conduits and Commercial centers along the Silk route.

  • Research article published in the Research Journal – Manavayatan ISSN- 2249-0612. Vol V1 – 2017 titled “Documenting the Buddha’s Role in furthering Political Humanism”.

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

Mr. Jason Johns 

  • 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" on 13th February 2018 as the Department of AIHCA deals with training students in Heritage Management and Conservation.

  • Paper titled “Development of Syncretic Mystical Christianity in China - A resultant of its spread by the Silk Road:- A brief comparative overview of the pattern of evangelization, the cross- influences and the result" was selected at the The International Conference on Land Transportation, Locomotive Heritage and Road Culture -Centre for Heritage Studies at University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka between 14 to 15th December 2017. The paper was published.

 

Dr. Anita Kothare – Rane Head, Department of AIHCA

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