Dr Krishnamurthy will explore the origins and antiquity of the tradition of erecting monolithic pillars in India, based on pillars that were erected from circa 3rd century BCE. to 6th century CE. Monolithic pillars comprise two components - the shaft, made of a single block of stone, and the crowning capital part in the form of a deity or royal insignia or any other animal figure made of another block of stone. The earliest example of erecting a pillar-like structure is from the Vedic Age. There were many purposes behind the creation and erection of a free-standing monolithic pillar. Often the intended purpose of its erection can be more than one. The present talk examines the various causes for the installation of a pillar, analyses the inscriptional evidence and archaeological context with suitable examples. well as the importance of studying the archaeological context in collaboration with the inscriptions engraved on them to reveal their purpose. The Speaker: Dr. S. Krishnamurthy is an Assistant Epigraphist in the office of the The Director (Epigraphy) Archaeological Survey of India, Mysuru. He obtained a Masters degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from University of Madras in 2007 and completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. In 2019, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Madras for his work on the “Social and Cultural History of Pallava Period as Gleaned through sculptural art (from selective temples)”. Dr Krishnamurthy, has undertaken epigraphical surveys in different states of India. He has published 28 research articles in the fields of epigraphy and art, co-authored one book entitled “Monolithic Pillars of the Gupta Period”. He has participated in numerous seminars and workshops. Currently, he is editing a North Indian Inscriptions volume, a departmental publication of the Epigraphy Branch, Archaeological Survey of India. He is the Secretary of The Place Names Society of India (Regd.), Mysuru and was the Assistant Editor of Studies in Indian Epigraphy, Vols. XLII - XLVI published by The Epigraphical Society of India (ESI), Mysuru.
The Tamil Heritage Trust-Prof S. Swaminathan Heritage Award (THT-SS Award) aims to recognize exceptional individual contributions towards the understanding, dissemination and preservation of Indian Heritage. By rewarding outstanding work in this area, the Award aspires to encourage interest and involvement of the general public in Indian Heritage, thereby raising the awareness and appreciation of history, literature, arts and culture which deserve our attention and care.
The award aims to recognize and reward the efforts and achievements of individuals. Thus, collective enterprises like societies, trusts and Section 8 companies and other interest groups will not be eligible for the award.
Last Date for receiving nominations has been extended till July 10, 2021
The award was instituted in 2020. You can find details of 2020 Award winner at : http://tamilheritage.in/2020/02/tht-prof-s-swaminathan-heritage-award_92.html
The Award is based on a nomination and selection process.
The Award will consist of a citation and a prize of Rs.25000/-
1. Any individual can nominate any other individual whom they believe has done noteworthy work in the area of Indian heritage.
2. Individuals can also nominate themselves.
3. Nominee's age should be between 20 and 50 years.
4. The individual must be a citizen of India and ordinarily resident in India.
7. Nominations must be sent by email along with the nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org to reach us before July 17, 2021.
Nominations and accompanying details may be in English or Tamil only.
Selection of Winner
A jury comprising members of the THT Award Committee as well as experts from the field of Heritage will select the winner.
As a part of the selection process, the Judges may choose to have an interaction with the nominee in person or over phone.
Award Ceremony & Award Lecture
The THT-Prof. S Swaminathan Heritage Award will be presented at a formal award ceremony in September 2021
The Winner will be invited to present the award lecture at the ceremony. The Winner may choose a topic of her/his choice. The Award Lecture may be in Tamil or English.
Am I eligible to enter?
We welcome Nominations from any individual who is a citizen of India and is ordinarily resident in India. Organisations and institutions – like Societies, Trusts, Interest Groups etc – are not eligible.
What are the criteria for selection?
The work done must relate to the previous 5 years. The judges will look for, among other qualities and parameters:
· New discoveries or insights
· Thoroughness of knowledge in the chosen area
· Scholarly rigour in the individual’s output
· Demonstrable eagerness to share with the public and involve them in a dialog
· Consistency and persistence of the effort
In what language should the Nomination be submitted?
Nominations can be sent in English or Tamil only.
Is it necessary for the Winner to deliver the Award Lecture?
Yes, the Winner will be expected to deliver the Award Lecture at the Ceremony, either in Tamil or English, on a topic of her/his choice.
What is the Last Date for Nomination?
The last date for entries to reach THT is July 17th, 2021.
When will the winner be announced?
The winner will be announced shortly before the Award Ceremony and the Award Lecture.
When and Where is the Awards Ceremony?
The Ceremony will take place during September 2021. Details of the ceremony will be announced later.
Is there an Entry Fee?
No, there is no fee involved.
Terms + Conditions of entry
The Award will be made solely at the discretion of the Jury. No feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results and the Jury’s decision is final.
About Tamil Heritage Trust (THT)
Tamil Heritage Trust (THT) is a recognized trust (Reg.No. 379/2010) set up with a vision to promote, document and disseminate Indian heritage. The impetus for this came from Prof. S. Swaminathan, who retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Delhi and Badri Seshadri, a well-known publisher, entrepreneur and heritage enthusiast.
THT’s events are conducted by volunteers with a common interest in Indian heritage and a passion to communicate its richness and beauty to as many people as possible. Aṣ a non-profit organization, the Trust is supported by sponsors and donations by heritage enthusiasts. There is no membership or subscription fees. THT’s Monthly Talks and Pechu Kacheri programs are free for all. The Site Seminars, Mamallapuram Study Tours and How to See a Temple sessions are run on an at-cost basis.
Our mission is to get everyone interested in Indian heritage and, if they are already attracted to this subject, provide them a community they can enjoy learning along with.
Towards this end, we conduct a range of events:
· Monthly Talks on various aspects of heritage, conducted on the first Saturday of every month
· Annual Pechu Kacheri (a lecture series) on heritage-related themes in December
· Periodic Study Tours to Mamallapuram
· Periodic Workshops on “How to See a Temple” and “How to See a Museum”
· Annual Site Seminars – weeklong tours to heritage sites of importance in and outside Tamil Nadu
· Presentations at schools to sensitize youngsters to our heritage
· Heritage courses for teachers
· Coordination with the TN Government’s culture/tourism agencies to support and supplement their efforts
You can follow THT on Facebook (/TamilHeritageTrust) and Twitter (@TamilHeritageTN)
About Prof. S Swaminathan
Prof. S Swaminathan is the inspiration behind the Tamil Heritage Trust. As a co-founder, he continues to guide the initiatives and activities of THT.
His interest in India’s rich heritage goes back to his days at IIT-Delhi where he engaged generations of his students in projects and conversations on India’s traditions in art, architecture, music, mathematics and science. After his retirement he made it his life’s mission to educate, inform and inspire interested audiences to discover more about their heritage.
A Professor in Mechanical Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi for more than 30 years, Prof Swaminathan also worked in the Centre for Rural Development in IIT Madras, Bharath Gyan Vigyan Samithy, Delhi as the National Coordinator for watershed development and Integrated Rural Technology Centre, Palakkad, Kerala.
Fuelled by an infinite curiosity, his interests range far and wide. He has written a book on the Pallava art of Mamallapuram. His lectures on the paintings of Ajanta are legendary. His talks on an array of topics – 5000 years of Indian Art, The Story of Scripts, the Mathematics of Kolams, the Trees of India and so on - have served as wonderful introductions to awestruck audiences for many years. His erudition makes him equally at home with the fine nuances of Carnatic music, the complexities of Gandhian thought and the refined ideas of Nehru’s scientific temper.
His passion for education, especially of young minds, has led him to work pro-bono with schools and colleges – helping to redesign curriculum at one institution, assisting teachers to bring practical science to the class rooms at another, planting a Sangam-age orchard of tress in a third, and readily sharing his wisdom for the benefit of teachers and students everywhere.
He is the author Mamallapuram: Unfinished Poetry in Stone and monographs on the Paintings of Ajanta, and the Monuments of Pudukottai District.
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