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Saturday, APRIL 20, 2024, 3-4pm pm (IST)
On Zoom Platform

The Concept of Mandala in India and Japan

A single source word that can provide a key to the understanding of Asian artistic creations is 'Mandala', a diagrammatic matrix through and from which flow a succession of changes within a certain order. In Sanskrit, the term means a circle, a square and a centre, a continuum, a universe; like a wheel and the hub that rotates it, yet itself remains fixed. It has appeared as a symbol of continual change; of creation, preservation, transformation and dissolution.

In China it is known as Mantholo and in Japan, it is called Mandara. It’s artistic creations have pervaded Japan’s ethos since the time of 8th Century AD when Buddhist values dominated the country. A look at some of the Mandaras found in the scrolls and murals of the medieval periods would lend deep insight into the Asian psyche that often eludes us today.


03:00   Welcome and Introduction by the Coordinator Dr. Ashok Jain, President MOSAI

03:05   Introductory Remarks by the Chair Prof. Archana Shastri

03:10   Lecture by Radhika Srinivasan

03:45   Open Interaction

03:55   Concluding Remarks by the Chair

04:00   Wrap up

Radhika Srinivasan is an established author, journalist and artist who has published 4 books on Asian cultural traditions. She presented an Art exhibition of ‘Mural arts Traditions - From Tanjore to Toji’ at the Asian Arts Museum, San Francisco in 2005. Presently she runs  a Girls’ Home for underprivileged children in the South Indian village of Manjakkudi.

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