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AIA Lecturer/Host: Kirtana Thangavelu

Kirtana Thangavelu (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley) is an Associate Professor in Fine Arts in the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication at the University of Hyderabad, and a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She teaches courses on religious traditions in South Asian art, modernity and nationalism in Indian art, narrative and storytelling traditions in Asian art, art writing, and tangible and intangible heritage studies. Kirtana’s research has been on the interface between oral, performance, and visual narratives in the picture storytelling traditions from South India. It deals with the ways in which these rich and resilient narrative traditions have retained the matrices of orality, caste, and ritual which, in turn, locate and define them in the context of a rapidly changing, modernizing world. Most recently, Kirtana has been deeply involved with curriculum planning that can better integrate the insights and lessons of art history and art practice for students enrolled in MFA programs at Indian universities.

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