Indian Art


The annual Dr. Ranajit K. Datta Lecture brings nationally and internationally recognized experts in the fields of art history and archaeology to discuss new scholarship, museum exhibitions, and archaeological discoveries in Indian art.

The annual Dr. Ranajit K. Datta Lecture is made possible through the Dr. Ranajit K. Datta in Memory of Kiran P. and S. C. Datta Endowment Fund.    

Sunday, January 29, 2023, 2:00 pm

The Cleveland Museum of Art has an important collection of Buddhist and Jain manuscripts, some of which are being shown for the first time in the exhibition Text and Image in Southern Asia (August 26, 2022–March 5, 2023). This lecture explores the stories these manuscripts and others like them tell us about the religious, social, and economic worlds of their origin.


Past Events

Sunday, January 23, 2022, 2:00 pm

Two thousand years ago, artists in Mathura, in northern India, created sculptures of a four-armed male divinity in human form. While many scholars identify this figure as the Hindu god Vishnu, there are strong arguments in favor of his identity as Krishna.  

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Deborah Klimburg-Salter, University Professor Emerita at the Institute of Art History, University of Vienna, and associate in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, presents her most recent research on the Buddhist and Hindu sites along the southern Silk Roads.

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Anupam Sah, head of conservation, research, and training at the Museum Art Conservation Centre at CSMVS (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), discusses the history of paint and painting in art of the Indian subcontinent.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2:30 pm

Robert L. Brown, Professor of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, UCLA, presents a lecture that focuses on the most popular and important bodhisattva named Avalokiteshvara.

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 2:00 pm

In this lavishly illustrated presentation the speaker will examine the oeuvre of this great painter to identify the qualities of uniqueness and excellence that contributed to the very establishment of the imperial Mughal painting style.

Speaker: Asok Kumar Das, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur and former Deputy Keeper at the Indian Museum Kolkata