Naman P. Ahuja
Professor Visual Studies, School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi
Naman P. Ahuja is Professor of Indian Art and Architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where his research and graduate teaching focuses on periods of artistic exchange and transformation in pre-modern societies as seen in the arts of Gandhara and in the manuscripts painted in the Sultanate period. His studies on early Indian terracottas, ivories and small finds have drawn attention to unique sources for Indian history that reveal aspects of the trade and ritual cultures from in the private, domestic sphere of Ancient Indians. Some of his publications include: Divine Presence, The Arts of India and the Himalayas (Five continents editions, Milan, 2003, translated into Catalan and Spanish) andThe Body in Indian Art and Thought (Ludion, Antwerp, 2013, also available in French and Dutch). His book,The Making of the Modern Indian Artist-Craftsman: Devi Prasad (Routledge, 2011), explored the aesthetic and political influences of Coomaraswamy, Gandhi and Tagore formation of the Arts and Crafts Movement and how it, in turn impacted Santiniketan and its students.
He has held Fellowships, Visiting Professorships and curatorial charges at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, The British Museum, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of Zurich, the KusnthistorischesInstitut in Florence, amongst others. He has curated various acclaimed exhibitions, the most recent of which, The Body in Indian Art was shown at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels for Europalia.13 and at the National Museum, New Delhi.