*This course is online only*
This Autumn, join our much in-demand Art and Architecture course with special guest tutors/speakers.
This is an 8-week course which run from the 20th of October till the 8th of December 2022, every Thursday from 7 pm - 9 pm
The lectures will be followed by time for discussion.
The course will be extensively illustrated with slides (many of which kindly loaned by Padmashree Dr. John Marr who established the course). Handouts and reading lists will be provided.
Optional essay work is also available to those interested.
DATES AND TOPICS
20 Oct - INTRODUCTION TO INDIAN ART & ARCHITECTURE by SIVAKUMAR
27 Oct - HINDU, BUDDHIST, AND JAIN CAVE TEMPLES by SIVAKUMAR
3 Nov - DEVELOPMENT OF STRUCTURAL TEMPLES by SIVAKUMAR
10 Nov - CHOLA TEMPLES AND BRONZES by SIVAKUMAR
17 Nov - BUDDHIST SHRINES IN SRI LANKA by SIVAKUMAR
24 Nov - INDO BRITISH ARCHITECTURE - SEZINCOTE TO NEW DELHI by PRADEEPA
1 Dec - ART & ARCHITECTURE OF NEPAL by PRADEEPA
8 Dec - HISTORY OF INDIAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS by CANDIDA CONNOLLY
ABOUT THE TUTORS AND SPEAKERS
Dr. KANDIAH SIVAKUMAR (MBBS, FRCPsych, MA (SOAS), PhD (University of Thanjavur) )
Dr. Kandiah Sivakumar has had a lifelong interest in the Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent and has visited many sites that show the richness of Indian Art and Architecture. He continued his interest under the guidance of Padmashree Dr. John and Mrs. Wendy Marr. He obtained the Certificate in Art and Archaeology at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London and Completed an MA in the History of Art and Archaeology (South and Southeast Asia) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Siva later became a visiting Research Associate at the Department of Sculpture, Tamil University of Thanjavur, India and completed a PhD there. His Thesis was on The Architecture and Iconography of Tiruvarur Tyagrajaswamy Temple Gopuras and he has a series of Publications related to his interests.
He has been keenly involved in Temple restorations including Gopuras in the North of Sri Lanka. In the UK he has a keen interest in and has been a supporter of Cultural events such as Bharatanatyam and Karnatic music recitals and has been a compere for many such programmes. Siva is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).
Candida Connolly M.Mus. PGCE, FTCL has worked at the Bhavan for nearly thirty years developing a greater understanding of Indian music and culture. She is a teacher and Western violinist and pianist. As a student of Dr Marr and learning Karnatic violin with Balu Raghuraman she gained a Fellowship at Trinity College looking at the application of Indian music in the western music curriculum. She was inspired by the Karnatic Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath and found the access to Indian culture through the Western instruments a pathway to the riches of this ancient musical tradition.
She helped set up the Indian music degree course at the Bhavan which was validated in 2004 by Trinity Laban, this introduced students to both North and South Indian music and equipped its graduates to apply their individual specialism in the broader field of Indian Music in an inclusive way.
COURSE LECTURE - This lecture will be a speed tour through 3,000 years of the evolution of instruments in India and so also of the path of Indian music itself through this time frame. The influence of Indian music on the West and the West on Indian music will of course emerge in a fleeting fashion!
Pradeepa Sivasanthiran completed the Diploma course in Indian and Art and Archaeology under Dr John Marr before embarking on her architectural education which included two years studying the architectural heritage of Nepal. She has traveled throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and is a true enthusiast for South Asian culture, with a particular interest in religious spaces and traditional architecture. She qualified as an architect in 2019 and is currently completing a Master's in World Heritage Studies, with her thesis research looking at the symbology and uses of heritage at the Sacred City of Anuradhapura World Heritage site in Sri Lanka.