Course Description

IN PERSON: This course is an introduction to the religious arts of India and the diversity of traditions arising in the early periods. Students will gain a basic understanding of Buddhist and Hindu thought as reflected in the art and architecture of this era, and a familiarity with the main gods of Hinduism. The first two classes, in a lecture format, will focus on the form and ornamentation of the Buddhist stupa (shrine) and the Hindu temple, and will include stories of the Buddha's life as well as the functions and attributes of the Hindu gods. There will be time for questions and answers. The third class is an interactive one in which students will look at Hindu and Buddhist art in museum collections and learn to recognize it. The fourth class is a lecture-demonstration of the classical dance style of bharata natyam, a living tradition that brings together belief, mythology and dramaturgy. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 30.

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Art of Early India: Stupas, Temples and Gods
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
May 04, 2022 to May 25, 2022
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PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT. Please note: From the reading list, I highly recommend Diana Eck's book, which offers a brief but insightful explanation of Hinduism as an image-making tradition, a precept that needs to be understood in order to appreciate the breadth of the religious arts of India. The other two books provide a general overview.

Recommended reading:
Diana L. Eck, Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India (9780231112659)
Vidya Dehejia, Indian Art (9780714834962)
Roy C. Craven, Indian Art : A Concise History (9780500203026)