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Indonesian Delegation

Indonesian scholars visit IGNCA


A five-member delegation from North Sumatra University, Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia visited IGNCA. The members Prof. (Mrs.) Fitriati Harahap, Prof. (Ms.) Syahyar Hanum, Prof. (Mrs.) Arwina Sufita, Prof. Yassar Amri and Mr. Aminullah were representing Fakultas Sastra (Faculty of Letters).

Prof. Indra Nath Choudhuri, Member Secretary, IGNCA chaired the meeting. Prof. Choudhuri introduced the academics of IGNCA and informed the delegation briefly on the activities of each academic division of IGNCA. Dr. Bachchan Kumar, in charge of South East Asian Studies mentioned the work so far done on Indonesia. Dr. Kumar also informed the delegates about three books that IGNCA has undertaken for publication on Indonesia.

The delegation explained the activities of Fakultas Sastra and explored the possibilities of academic collaboration with IGNCA. They also informed IGNCA's scholars that the North Sumatra University proposes to set up an India studies centre. In this regard, they sought academic support IGNCA. Prof. G.C. Tripathi, Head of Kala Kosa Division, assured them of academic assistance from IGNCA. IGNCA scholars also asked the delegates about the influence of Indian culture there and the Ramayana performances in Indonesia. The delegates said Ramayana is more popular in Java as compared to Sumatra. The also visited the Cultural Informatics Lab of IGNCA.

Prof. Lucian Scherman

Art Objects of Myanmar

Prof. Lucian Scherman

The artifacts from South East Asia are an important part of any museum in the Western countries. One such is the Myanmar collection of the State Museum of Ethnology, Munich. It was brought together by the former Director, Prof. Lucian Scherman, in 1911. Scherman and his wife Christine traveled extensively in British India and not only collected objects for the museum, but took photographs and wrote dairies. Their way of documentation allows for fascinating and unusual glimpses of the culture of Burma at that time. 

Dr. Michaela Appel, an Indologist and art historian spoke about this collection at a lecture in IGNCA (Oct 20 ) "Art objects of Myanmar". Dr. Appel studied Tibetan and Thai with special reference to Indonesia at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universitat, Munchen. She has been frequently visiting Indonesia, especially Java, since1981. She has also done considerable work on Myanmar. At present, she is curator for Indonesia and Occenia at the Staatliches Museum fur volkerkunde, Munchen, Germany.

H.E. Mr. U. Ye Myint, Charge d' Affairs Embassy of Myanmar was the Chairperson at the lecture noted scholar, Dr. Lokesh Chandra was among the audience.


Dr. Mandakranta Bose

Sanskrit text on Music

Dr. Mandakranta Bose

The Sangitanarayana of Gajapati Narayana Deva, is an eighteenth century Sanskrit text on music and dance. It consists of about 1700 verses distributed into four chapters. Three chapters are on music and one chapter, which is the longest, about half of the total text running upto 824 verses, is on dance. It contains valuable information on the Odissi dance tradition. 

Dr. Mandakranta Bose in a lecture (Oct 22) spoke about her approach to the preparation of her critical edition of the text and its place alongwith its author in the history and evolution of classical music and dance in India. Prof. G.C. Tripati, Coordinator, Kalakosa was the Chairperson. 


Kalakalpa, the IGNCA Journal Released

The first issue of Kalakalpa, the IGNCA journal has been released. The journal was launched as a need was felt for a "periodical which not only takes a holistic view towards all forms and expressions of art but is basically inspired by that unique concept of Arts which defines it as the whole body of literary, oral and visual forms, or even that intangivle heritage of culture, which we call philosophy.

The Journal has an Editorial Advisory Board, whose members are Dr. L. M. Singhvi, Prof. V.N. Mishra, Shri M.V. Kamath and Smt. Sonal Mansingh.

Prof. Indra Nath Choudhuri, Academic Director, Prof. G.C. Tripati, Head Kala Kosa and Prof. R.K. Bhattacharya, Head Janapada Sampada are Editors. Dr. Radha Banerjee is the Managing Editor of the Journal. It will be published bi-annual (two issues a year). The inaugural issue has 16 articles and a book review.


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