A conference on “Buddhist Cultural Trails: Journey Through Time & Space, of Merchants, Monks & Pilgrims, Reconciliation of the South Asian Region with the Exchange of Information” will be organised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 25-27 August 2017. Some of the aims of this conference and related future conferences and workshops are to understand links, both ancient and modern, to re-evaluate artistic and cultural activities along the trails, as well as to develop a South Asian Heritage Sites List and provide a platform for exchange on topics as wide-ranging as Art and Architecture of BCT, Technology of BCT or Tourism promotion of BCT.
The book Miniatur-Geschichten: Die Sammlung indischer Malerei im Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett presents miniature stories of the most representative pieces of the Dresden inventory of Indian painting. The collection owned by the Dresden Copper Plate Cabinet, including in fact two barely known collections of Indian painting from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, forms the center of this publication, with eleven additional essays in German and English providing background and insight into the exhibits.
In a recent interview with The Hindu, world-renowned Indian author Arundhati Roy talks about being an outspoken writer and political activist, the negative repercussions this brings, and about writing her second novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
A recent Guardian article relating the discriminatory treatment of Dalit students at Indian universities.
31 March to 18 June 2017 Cromhouthuis, Amsterdam
The Cromhouthuis is currently hosting an exhibition of the paintings and illustrations of the naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. In her research as a naturalist, Merian examined caterpillars, butterflies, and other insects in their natural environment (f.e. in Surinam), and, as a result, produced works that did not just make a contribution to science, but also to art.
In a recent interview with Village Magazine, the Indian author Pankaj Mishra talks about his views on Indian and Western society. His latest book Age of Anger deals with the contradictions inherent in Western democratic societies.