Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Public Trust of India going to organise a three-day ‘Aitihya Mahotsav’
Bhubaneswar: The Public Trust of India, an online global news agency located at Bhubaneswar, is going to organise a three-day ‘Aitihya Mahotsav’ a Photo Exhibition on ‘Buddhist Heritage’, from January 16 to 18 at Jaydev Bhawan supported by Tourism Department, Govt. of Odisha.
This is a new beginning in State’s tourism sector for promotion of Buddhist heritage. Odisha, being a Buddhist heritage destination, marked low turnout of visitors for the last few years.
The State has 300 Buddhist sites and 405 Buddhist remains. A visit to the Buddhist sites of Odisha will take you to exquisite temples, stupas, and monuments set in an ambience of serenity and intense spiritual activities. The Buddhist heritage at Ratnagiri-Udayagiri-Lalitgiri, known as the ‘Diamond Triangle’ attracts visitors every year. Similarly, Odisha’s advantage lies in its closeness to Bodhgaya and Varanasi as compared to other States with Buddhist remnants.
The initiatives being taken by the State Tourism Department and Tourism Ministry at Centre for promotion of tourism sector are laudable. Continue reading
Times of India
29 April 2014
The US immigration and customs department (ICE/DHS) has seized $100-million worth antiquities from Subhash Kapoor who is undergoing trial in Tamil Nadu for stealing idols from a temple in Ariyalur. These antiquities were allegedly smuggled from many states in India and other Asian countries and recovered in raids on Kapoor’s business in New York called Art of the Past.
ICE is keen to return the items but has been unable to find a matching interest on the part of Indian authorities. For instance, among the antique pieces, is a Chola-era stone sculpture of Buddha, likely stolen from Tamil Nadu. Another is a Bharhut Yakshi – worth $15 million in the art market and the most expensive item so far found in the Kapoor catalogue — stolen from a shrine in Madhya Pradesh.
August 20, 2013
A carved lion from the sarcophagus of Yu Hong, a sixth-century central Asian diplomat. Source: Supplied
A CHINESE farmer was repairing a dirt road in 1999 when he hit rock. Just under the topsoil he found the stone roof of an ancient tomb. Further digging revealed an underground passageway leading to a brick chamber. Within the chamber was a sight that would astonish archeologists. It was a white marble sarcophagus unlike any found in China. The coffin was elaborately carved, but none of the images were Chinese. There were no dragons, but plenty of elephants, camels and lions.
And none of the figures were Chinese. Instead, they were big-nosed foreigners with beards, deep-set eyes and long curly hair who wore Persian and central Asian clothes.
What was a sarcophagus covered in such foreign imagery doing in Taiyuan in China’s central Shanxi province? Continue reading
The Sydney Morning Herald
August 20, 2013
Silk Road Saga: Objects from the tomb of diplomat Yu Hong defy expectations.
Unique carvings: Curator Cao Yin with marble panels being installed for A Silk Road Saga. Photo: Brendan Esposito
It was common for elites in sixth-century China to be buried in a sarcophagus that resembles a Chinese house, like the centrepiece of A Silk Road Saga, a new exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of NSW on Thursday.
However, the richly detailed, white marble tomb of central Asian diplomat Yu Hong and his wife is a rarity, says curator Cao Yin.
Its carvings and designs contain no Chinese elements at all. Continue reading
Associated Press in Tehran
Sunday 17 February 2013
Buddha statues have joined Barbie dolls and characters from The Simpsons as banned items in Iran.
Officials are confiscating the statues from shops in the capital, Tehran, to stop the promotion of Buddhism, according to a report in the independent Arman daily.
The Islamic republic has long fought against items such as Barbie toys to block western influence, but this appears to be the first time authorities have shown an opposition to symbols from the east.
The newspaper quoted Saeed Jaberi Ansari, an official for the protection of Iran’s cultural heritage, as calling the Buddha statues symbols of “cultural invasion”. Continue reading
Posted in Iran
“Beyond the Bamiyan Buddhas: Archaeology and History in the Modern and Ancient Persianate World” is an upcoming 2-day conference to be held at UCLA and UC Irvine on November 8 and 9, 2012.
Beyond the Bamiyan Buddhas: Archaeology and History in the Modern and Ancient Persianate World, an upcoming 2-day conference to be held at UCLA and UC Irvine on November 8 and 9, 2012, will assemble renowned international scholars to showcase the forefront of archeological and historical research on Afghanistan. Co-organizer of the event Nile Green, director of UCLA’s Program on Central Asia, considers the event a significant occasion to develop Central Asian studies on campus. Continue reading