Ahuja

Dr. Naman P Ahuha - Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

"This series of lectures delves into the importance of some extraordinary, and little-known objects that enhance our understanding of the core foundations of Indian visual culture. They look at issues of iconography of cults that have now vanished, the nature of the relationship between the domestic cults and public statuary, mass-production in Ancient societies and the dissemination of religious and ‘secular’ iconographic models."


The Department of History and Classics is pleased to be hosting Dr. Nama P Ahuha, Nehru University, New Delhi, from 19-29 March and in the course of his stay he will give a number of lectures and graduate student seminars.

We are extremely pleased to announce that Dr Ahuja will also give two lectures open to the general public:


The British Museum Hariti: a Unique Example of Gandharan Transnationalism

The Chandayana; One of the earliest illustrated Sufi manuscripts from Hindustan

Full schedule


Dr Naman 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. Last year he held a Nehru Fellowship at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House. Previously, he was 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. Dr. Ahuja’s Ph.D  (SOAS, London University, 2000) was titled ‘Early Indian Moulded Terracotta: The Emergence of an Iconography and Variations in Style, Second Century BC to First Century AD.’ This was the first comprehensive taxonomy of artefacts from excavated sites  and later formed the basis for the international conference: ‘A Pantheon Rediscovered?’ which he co-organised  at Yale in 2007. 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, Ramkinkar Through the Eyes of Devi Prasad (Delhi, 2007) and his latest work, The Making of the Modern Indian Artist-Craftsman: Devi Prasad (Routledge, 2011).