NIAS Public Lecture: “Vishnu iconography and Art and Temple architecture in the Angkorian period” by Prof. Vasudha Narayan, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012


NIAS-TCS Heritage Initiative

Invites you to a

Public Lecture


Vishnu iconography and Art

and Temple architecture in the Angkorian period



Prof. Vasudha Narayan

University of Florida


Friday, 11th August, 2017 at 4.00 PM, Lecture Hall, NIAS


Chairperson: Prof Sharada Srinivasan, Dean, School of Humanities, NIAS


Abstract: During the Angkorian period, starting around the early 9th century CE., Khmer kings picked, chose, and adapted features from shrines in South Asia when they built temples to Hindu deities.  These temples were built all over the Khmer empire which stretched at that time over parts of modern Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and, of course, Cambodia. This talk will explore the distinctive nature of Vishnu temples in the Kambuja empire along with their connections to the Indian ones. We will also look at Vaishnava iconography and focus on two kinds of sculptures in the round, and the correspondence between two bas-reliefs with Sanskrit and Tamil texts.  These will raise questions on the kinds of contact that would have been possible between the sub-continent and Southeast Asia.

About the speaker: Prof Vasudha Narayan is Distinguished Professor of Religion, University of Florida and Director, Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra). She is a past President of the American Academy of Religion (2001-2002) and is recipient of numerous prestigious awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Social Science Research Council and National Endowment for the Humanities, USA.

For further information, please contact Prof. Sharada Srinivasan

Friday, August 11, 2017