Walk through and Discussion by Prof. Y.S. Alone

Prof. Yashadatta Somaji Alone born 1963, at Chandrapur Maharashtra and Studied BFA (Drawing & Painting) from Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya Nagpur and M. A. (Fine) Art History, Faculty Of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda. He was awarded UGC Junior Research fellowship in 1988 in the History of Art. He obtained Ph. D. from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Presently he is working at School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from 8th March 2007 onwards. Previously he worked at Dept. of Archaeology, Deccan College Post Graduate Research Institute (deemed university) Pune and at Dept. of Fine Arts Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He has published several research papers in journals and chapters in edited volumes on Ancient Indian Art and a critic of Walter Spink, Ajanta caves and Buddhist caves in western India, critic of modern Indian art, popular neo-Buddhist visual culture, in addition to the above, research papers on the interpretative frame-work of Dr. Ambedkar and social sciences has been published. He has involved himself in writing some art exhibition catalogues as a point of departure to critic the idea of meta-narratives of modernity as tracing the difference. His research interests include ancient Indian art, Buddhist art, modern Indian art and popular visual culture, critic of post-colonial paradigms, Neo-Buddhist visual culture as well general social sciences. Prof. Alone is currently involved in conceptual formulation of ‘protected ignorance’. Prof. Y. S. Alone presented research papers at national and international art-history and social sciences seminars, conferences at many places in India and abroad. He has lectured widely at many places in the country including Ambedkar memorial lecture at Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Aurangabad as well as outside India mainly Sweden, Germany, China mainly at Shenzhen University, Dunhaung Research Academy, Buddhist Research Institute Hangzhou China, USA and Spain. He visited several museums in India and in Holland, Germany, Sweden, China, USA, Spain and France He was nominated as ICCR chair visiting Professor in Shenzhen University China and was also invited as visiting professor at Autonoma University Madrid, Spain, Renmin University of China Beijing. He has been engaged in popular lectures as part of social movements. Prof. Y S. Alone also served as members of various committees such as the Education Sub-committees of Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Review Committee on Culture, Planning Commission Govt. of India, University Grant Commission, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Indian Council of Historical Research, Board of post-graduate and under-graduate Studies of Fine Arts, K.U. Kurukshetra, 1998-2006, Society of South Asian Archaeology, Pune, Academic Council, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, International Advisory Committee of Korean Association of Asian Studies, Member, Board of Study, Department of Art-history, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and also served as expert consultant on the High Powered Committee report, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India He was also a member of editorial board for the journal – ‘The Journal of South Asian Archaeology: Ancient Asia’ till 2015. He has been advisor of National Council of Educational Research and Training textbook on History of Art for class XI. He has published book-‘Early Western Indian Buddhist Caves: Forms and Patronage’, Kaveri Books, New Delhi, 2016. Currently he is engaged in conceptual formulation of ‘Protected Ignorance’.

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