Why should we care about Lumbini and the development of a museum in the birthplace of the Buddha?
In an upcoming public lecture, “Powerful Possibilities: Contemporary Politics and Ancient Buddhist Visual Culture,” Professor Naman Ahuja unpacks the ways in which Buddhist visual culture has informed Asian geopolitics in modern times, and invites us to consider the way in which these insights can be applied to the Nepali context.
Prof. Ahuja is an art historian, curator, and Professor of Indian Art and Architecture at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His research and teaching focus on Indian iconography and sculpture, temple architecture and Sultanate-period painting. He has curated a number of exhibitions in museums across the globe, including the critically acclaimed exhibition on The Body in Indian Art and Thought, which was shown at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the National Museum in Delhi in 2013-14. He is also the editor of Marg, India’s leading magazine and journal on the arts.