Tamil Heritage Trust
The Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh
A Digital Talk by
Dr. E Siva Nagi Reddy
On Saturday, 5th September 2020 at 05:30 PM IST
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About The Topic
Dr. E Siva Nagi Reddy will trace the advent and spread of Buddhism in its 3 phases - Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana - from the lifetime of the Buddha up until the 14th century AD. He will also showcase the patronage of Buddhism by Asoka and in the subsequent periods and the contribution of the Buddhist philosophers like Acharya Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Dignaga, Bhavaviveka, Buddhapalitha, Buddhaghosha, and Dharmakeerthi through their writings. Further, he will cover the development of Buddhist Architecture and features of Buddhist art with special reference to Amaravathi School of Art represented in stone and metal, the holy relic caskets of the Buddha recovered in the state, the highlights of the Buddhist inscriptions of Andhra Pradesh and the spread of the Dhamma to Sri Lanka and other South East Asian countries.
About the Speaker
Dr. E Siva Nagi Reddy, a Sthapathi and Archaeologist had his training in traditional sculpture and architecture at Tirupati and served the Endowments and Archaeology Departments for 35 years. He has successfully transplanted more than 100 temples from the Srisailam submergible area and also conserved a number of Kakatiya temples in Warangal and Karimnagar district.
He has written many books on temple architecture, such as Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, Evolution of Building Technology in Early and Medieval Andhradesa, Silpins in Early and Medieval Andhradesa , Temples of the Telugu People and Temple Construction during the Vijayanagara Period. His books on Buddhism include Buddhist Archaeology in Andhra Pradesh, Buddhist Archaeology in Telangana, Buddhist Circuits in Andhra Pradesh, Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh and Buddhist Inscriptions of Andhradesa.
Dr. Reddy has participated in excavations at many Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh. Currently he is the CEO of The Cultural Centre Of Vijayawada and Amaravati established by the Malaxmi Group at Vijayawada. He is recipient of prestigious Kalaratna Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh.