INTACH Cultural Affairs : Cordially invites you to The Tenth Pupul Jayakar Memorial Lecture ‘The other Indian as seen from Ishanapura (Camodia)’ By Dr. Sachchidanand Sahai on 18th April 2018 at 6:15 PM at IIC (Gate No. I), New Delhi Back

The Tenth Pupul Jayakar Memorial Lecture 2018

The Tenth Pupul Jayakar Memorial Lecture 2018, to be delivered by Professor Sachchidanand Sahai, will critically examine prevailing populist, indoctrinated ideas which claim to define India as a post-1947 product, without going into the cultural roots of Indian entity. India was shaped, in all its contours, by the ideals of a pluralistic society, as early as the third century BC.

Over and above, India as a model of pluralistic socio-economic and cultural entity was replicated in the Far-Eastern countries beyond the Ganga. As an actual example of this on-going process, the lecture will lead you to the rediscovery of Ishanapura, a seventh century- temple city in central Cambodia, now a world-heritage site in the UNESCO list. The most interesting part of this rediscovery is the fact that the Indo-Scythian (Saka Brahmin), Durgasvami, born in Dakshinapatha (India) was the son-in-law of the founder King Ishanavarman. This learned Brahmin was the spirit behind the flowering of a state in the Mekong valley which could be easily be mistaken for the other India.

Prof. Sachchidanand Sahai is an alumni of Banaras Hindu University having obtained his M.A. in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. Thereafter, he researched at the University of Paris, Sorbonne (1965-69). His post-doctoral research was at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1982).

Sahai has carried out extensive field work in Southeast Asia and has held the Chair of Southeast Asian Studies at the Magadh University, Bodh Gaya (India) and worked as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university in 2001. He has also worked as Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2003-2006); Research Professor at Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, New Delhi (1988-90); and Visiting Professor of Asian Civilization at Sisavangvong University, Vientiane (1970-73). Prof. Sahai was also National Professor of Epigraphy, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi.

He has authored over 17 books, edited half a dozen books and has written forty research papers in various scientific journals. His five monumental volumes on the Ramayana of Laos, monographs on Angkor and Preah Vihear, publication on Political Institutions of Ancient Cambodia in French (EFEO, Paris) are some of his path breaking publications.

In 2012, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to the understanding of India’s cultural relations with neighboring Asian countries.

Professor Sahai is currently Adviser to Preah Vihear National Authority and APSARA National Authority (Angkor, Cambodia) under the auspices of the Royal Government of Cambodia.


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