Naman P. Ahuja: Portraiture and the Performance of the Self in Indian Art
Naman P. Ahuja is Associate Professor of Ancient Indian Art and Architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where his research and graduate teaching focus on Indian iconography, sculpture, temple architecture and Sultanate period painting. He currently holds a Nehru Fellowship at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House. Previously he was a Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, where he authored a catalogue of the museum's collection of Ancient Indian antiquities. From 2001 to 2002 he was Curator of Indian sculpture in the Department of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum, London. He was lecturer of the MA program on the Religious Fine and Decorative Arts of India at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London University) from 1998 to 2000 and Tutor of the SOAS / Christie's and latterly the British Museum's Diploma in Indian Art. He has curated several exhibitions in India and abroad on themes ranging from Ancient to modern Art. Some of his publications include: 'Divine Presence, The Arts of India and the Himalayas' (Five continents editions, Milan, 2003) which was translated into Catalan and Spanish, "Changing Gods, Enduring Rituals: Observations on Early Indian Religion as seen through Terracotta Imagery c. 200 BC - AD 200", in 'South Asian Archaeology', Paris, 2001, and, 'Ramkinkar Through the Eyes of Devi Prasad' (Delhi, 2007).
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