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Pratapaditya Pal: A Life Spent in Curating Art (Video)

May, 2016

Jagannatha Balabhadra, and Subhadra in the Jagganatha Temple. LACMA

Jagannatha, Balabhadra, and Subhadra in the Jagganatha Temple. LACMA

Editor's Note:

Dr Pratapaditya Pal is the world’s foremost specialist in the arts of India, the Himalayas and South East Asia.

Dr Pal, viewed by many as Coomaraswamy’s successor, has given Himalayan art global recognition through his pioneering research. The scholar has been affiliated with many museums and universities in the US for more than four decades. He was also the General Editor of Marg publications, published in Mumbai, for 18 years. In 2010 he was also awarded ‘Padmashree’ by the Government of India in 2010 for his lifelong work on the history of art and culture. The award recognises individuals for their distinguished contribution across a variety of spheres, one of which includes the arts.

Dr. Pratapaditya Pal

by Dr. Pratapaditya Pal

May, 2016

About Dr. Pratapaditya Pal

Dr. Pratapaditya Pal is an Indian scholar of Southeast Asian and Himalayan art and culture, specializing particularly in the history of art of India, Nepal and Tibet. He has served as a curator of South Asian art at several prominent US museums including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has organized more than 22 major exhibitions and helped build the museums' collection . He has also written over 60 books and catalogs, and over 250 articles on the subject, taught at several universities, and served as the editor of the Indian art magazine, Marg. In 2009 he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contributions to the study of Indian art.

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