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Shakti, Bhakti, Yoga and Darshan:
Practice and Experience in the Religious Art of India (Video)

by Debashish Banerji July, 2016


Rath Yatra Festival in Puri, Orissa, India

Editor's Note:

This talk traces a historical path through the early visual culture and texts of India to derive the conventions of later Indian art and the experiential practices relating them to their followers. Objects discussed in the talk are taken from the exhibition “Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain and Buddhist Art From the Indian Subcontinent” at The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, April 17 – August 28, 2016.

Debashish Banerji, Ph.D.

by Debashish Banerji, Ph.D.

July, 2016

About Debashish Banerji, Ph.D.

Debashish Banerji is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of South Asian Philosophy and Culture and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. Prior to this, he served as Professor of Indian Studies and Dean of Academics at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles and has taught as adjunct faculty in Art History at the Pasadena City College, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine. From 1992-2006, Banerji served as the president of the East-West Cultural Center, Los Angeles, an institution dedicated to academic research and presentation of Indian philosophy and culture in the US. He is presently the Executive Director of Nalanda International, based in Los Angeles.

Banerji has curated a number of exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has edited a book on the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and is the author of two books: The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore (Sage, 2010) and Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo (DK Printworld and Nalanda International, 2012). Banerji’s articles on South Asian art history, culture studies, consciousness studies and yoga psychology have appeared in various magazines, journals and anthologies.

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