Bhimbetka, near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, is world renowned for its extensive rock art sites. And it happens to be just one of several such spectacular rock art sites across central India - in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Some of these sites are as old as ten thousand years. The paintings depict a range of scenes - hunting, fighting, dancing - as well as several types of animals. Uniquely, many forms of tribal art in the area still bear striking similarities to this ancient art in their imagery and function.
In THT's Monthly Heritage Talk on "Rock Art of Central India", Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak, who has studied rock art for nearly three decades, will take us on a fascinating journey to some of these sites and introduce us to the art and their archaeological and cultural significance.
About The Speaker:
Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak has devoted nearly thirty years to the discovery, study, publication, exhibition, and protection of Indian rock art. She has discovered dozens of new painted sites, mostly in Madhya Pradesh, but also in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Ladakh. Her PhD was based on her discoveries of rock art in the Pachmarhi area of MP. She was awarded the ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ - Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters by Ministry of Culture and Communication of France in 2014.
Dr Dubey Pathak has published four books and over 70 papers. She is an International Expert member for rock art with ICOMOS and UNESCO, and is a member of the Bradshaw Foundation Advisory Board (England) and Rock Art Network, Getty Foundation (USA). She is a Wakankar Senior Research Fellow. She has given many lectures on Indian Rock Art and tribal Art in various National and International Universities and Museums. A Film based on her research work on “Central Indian Rock Art and tribal art” was screened and awarded in the International Archaeology Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland in March 2019.
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