In memory of internationally acclaimed art historian BN Goswamy, who passed away in November last year, Panjab University (PU) is holding a commemorative meet on Tuesday evening. Goswamy’s illustrious academic career began after he resigned from the Indian Administrative Service in 1958, went on to do his PhD at PU, and then joined as a lecturer here in 1960.
At the event, in remembrance, well-known Bharatanatyam exponent Malavika Sarukkai and celebrated author William Dalrymple will give a performance and talk, respectively. Sarukkai, who has been honoured by the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 2002 and is the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2003, is trained in Odissi as well. She will present a dance choreography titled, ‘Celebrating Myth in Miniature Painting’ – a tribute to Goswamy’s immense contribution to the corpus of knowledge on Indian painting through his research.
William Dalrymple, a recognised historian writer, broadcaster, curator and critic, will give a talk titled, ‘Taking Forward BNG’s Legacy – Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company’ which moves forward Goswamy’s seminal work on lifting the cloak of anonymity off Indian miniature painters.
The programme is scheduled for January 23, at 4 pm at PU Auditorium near Arts Block IV.
Apart from being the founding chairperson of the Department of Art History and Visual Arts, Goswamy also served as dean of University Instruction and was Professor Emeritus in Art History at PU. His research straddled several areas from Indian painting to aesthetic theory onwards to modern art movements.
His early work on ‘Family as the Basis of Style’, published in the dedicated issue of Marg, retains to date, its fundamental referral importance. Having authored 26 books on a range of areas and issues, Goswamy’s work opened up new vistas and new directions in studies about Indian painting. He lectured all over the world and received prestigious fellowships, awards and honours. In recognition of his immense research output and path-breaking work, the Government of India bestowed upon him with Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Bhushan in 2008.