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Articles by Sudhir Lall 

Presently working in the Kalakosa Division of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), which is dedicated to investigating the intellectual traditions of India. Dr. Sudhir Lall is a Ph.D in Sanskrit from University of Delhi and as a Research Officer in the said division, is committed to bringing forth a holistic view of Indian artistic traditions. His Ph. D. thesis is on a poetical study of the Vamanamahapurana. He obtained his M.Phil. Degree on an interesting Sanskrit composition known as Bhojaprabandha. He is a keen student of religions, cultures and philosophies. He has trained himself in various ancient scripts such as Sarada and Grantha by means of workshops on Manuscriptology and Palaeography.

Dr. Lall has made significant contributions in many of the publications of the IGNCA as part of his official assignments. These include The Concept of Sunya -- a volume comprising a compilation of papers presented in an international seminar on the same topic; and Isvarasamhita – a medieval treatise on the Pancaratra school of Visnuism. He has also rendered editorial assistance in the forthcoming volume on Eco-cultural Heritage of Jammu and Kashmir.

Presently, he is looking after texts on musicology, architecture and poetics, all of which are under process of publication. He has contributed several articles on various topics related to Indology. These include two articles on Kautilya’s Arthasastra, one article on Sanskrit poets of Kashmir, and one about The Iconography of Vamana in India. His article published in the Visvavara on Sastra and Prayoga in Indian Arts was well received by the scholarly community. He actively participated in the 15th World Sanskrit Conference held at New Delhi in January, 2012 and presented a paper in the Manuscriptology Section on Critical Text: Indian Context (Nature, Development and Continuity). He has also reviewed a book titled Jain Temples of Rajasthan, published by IGNCA.

Dr. Lall is also an active member of the UNESCO’s project for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of India: the Documentation of Indian Oral Tradition of the Vedas. Under the aegis of this project, he undertook extensive field-surveys of South India, specially Karnataka and Kerala. These helped him identify and document some of the most important chanting traditions of the Vedas, which are on the verge of extinction due to the advent of mindless modernization. He is also actively involved in the Prayaogapaksha, a programme aimed at documenting the performative traditions of the texts published under the fundamental texts series of the IGNCA. Under this programme, he has supervised successful documentations of the Pratishthotsava and Adhyayanotsava at the Varahasvami temple of Mysore.

He has deep interest in cross cultural studies and has actively contributed in the organization of the International Conference titled Indo Mongol Colloquium: Some unexplored Areas of Research organized by the IGNCA held in March, 2012. He is also a member of executive committee for the Kashmir Chapter of the IGNCA, a programme, which was launched with a view to preserve and promote the arts, crafts and culture of Kashmir valley. He is a team member in the ambitious Kashmir Vistarana project, which aims at discovering Kashmir outside Kashmir. Under this project, he toured Karnataka and had an opportunity to interact with eminent scholars working in the field of archaeology, history and religion there. The findings of the project will subsequently be published in the form of a monograph.

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Lall
Kalakosa Division,
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts,
11, Man Singh Road, New Delhi 110001

e-mail: sudhirlall@gmail.com



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