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Yoga and Tantra
Killing Ascetics
William Pinch
JAN Onwards
Indian Aesthetics
Raw Unfired Clay Sculpture
Susan S Bean
Creative Processes
Making Paintings
Sudhir Patwardhan
Indian Aesthetics
Maharajas and Nawabs of Gujarat
Kenneth X. Robbins
FEB Onwards
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Buddhist Heritage at the Crossroads
Yashaswini Chandra
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No Parallel?

Visiting Scholars @ JP

Helen Philon

HELEN PHILON was schooled in Greece and Switzerland before enrolling at SOAS, University of London for a MPhil on Pre-Islamic Persian Art received in1972. After several years as the wife of a Greek diplomat, who in 1989 was posted to Delhi as the Greek ambassador, she returned to academic studies, receiving her PhD from SOAS on Religious and Royal Architecture of the Early Bahmanis, Deccan India in 2005.
While at SOAS in the 1970s she was one of the founders of the periodical Art and Archaeology Research Papers (AARP). From 1977-88 she was curator of the Islamic Department at the Benaki Museum in Athens. In 1977 she organised an exhibition Falconry and the Arts of Islam for Sheikh Zaid in Abu Dhabi, and in 1980 The Arts of Islam at the Benaki Museum.
In 2011 she co-founded the Deccan Heritage Foundation (DHF) in the UK and India, and in 2014 the American Friends of the Deccan Heritage Foundation.
Education is one of the DHF’s primary interests and so far the Foundation has isssued ten guidebooks on Deccani Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Christian and Jewish historical sites authored by experts in the field. Among the DHF projects of preservation is the restoration of a 15th century Qanat hydraulic system near Bidar in Karnataka, in conjunction with a waste management project. This will offer the local community a newly functioning monument provided with constant clean water.
Helen is co-author with George Michell of Islamic Architecture of Deccan India, a lavishly produced book illustrated with splendid photographs by Antonio Martinelli to be appear in Spring 2018. Among her previous publications are Early Islamic Ceramics at the Benaki Museum, Athens (1980) and the DHF guidebook Gulbarga, Bidar and Bijapur (2012), as well as articles on ceramics and architecture. In 2010 she edited Silent Splendour, a book on Deccan palaces.

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