Art in Sangam Period | Dr. V Selvakumar | Images of Encounter Talk Show #2

EtP presents the next talk show in the series of Images of Encounter (

Special Guest: Dr. V Selvakumar | Historian/Archaeologist


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The Southern part of the Indian subcontinent, with the east coast opening to the Bay of Bengal and west coast to the Indian Ocean, attracted many travelers and traders to come and go, as early as the Iron Age (1000 BCE – 300 BCE). As per available written records, the maritime trade became more vigorous during the Tamil Sangam-era (classical period) (3rd century BCE – 3rd century CE), after the discovery of monsoon winds. In fact, throughout history, Eurasia was crisscrossed with communication routes and paths of trade, which gradually linked up to form what is known today as the Silk, Spice, and incense routes; routes across both land and sea, along which silk and many other goods were exchanged between people from across the world. Trade on the Silk and Spice Road was a significant factor in the development of the civilizations of China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe, the Horn of Africa, and Arabia. Historians and researchers opine that travelers along the Silk/Spice routes were attracted not only by trade but also by the intellectual and cultural exchange that was taking place in ports/cities along these routes, many of which developed into hubs of culture and learning. In this borderless world, science, arts, and literature, as well as crafts and technologies were shared and disseminated into societies along the lengths of these crisscrossed routes, and in this way, languages, religions, and cultures developed and influenced each other. As far as peninsular South India is concerned, in spite of the volatile situation caused by the then ‘ever-warring’ ruling dynasties, the Cera, Colas, and the Pantyas, this constant intermingling of different cultures and the inherent interest of the natives in celebrating life through art, architecture, music, and literature led to social conditioning different from other parts of India. The art, literature, architecture created during this period under the patronage/influence of different dynasties and their maritime connections are an epitome of the collective consciousness that empowered the creative people of this ancient land. ART IN SANGAM PERIOD talk by Dr. V Selvakumar will throw more light on art in the region during the much-celebrated Sangam Era.
Dr. V. Selvakumar is a faculty member in the Department of Maritime History and Marine Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur. He completed his doctoral research and post-Doctoral research from Deccan College, Pune. He was a faculty member at the Centre for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura, Kerala from 2003 to 2007, and the Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology of Tamil University, Thanjavur, from 2007 to 2017. He was a Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum (NTICVAM) Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University in 2004. With an NTICVAM UK Visiting Fellowship in 2018, he was trained in Ceramic Studies at UCL and the British Museum. His research interests include the archaeology of India, prehistory, maritime history and archaeology, archaeological theory, heritage management, history of science and technology, ceramic studies, Indian Ocean Cultural interactions, and ecocriticism.


Oct 06 2020


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 06 2020
  • Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
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Ekalokam Trust for Photography is a registered foundation, initiated and managed by artists. EtP is dedicated to create, share, and preserve a comprehensive visual “narrative”, especially of the region corresponding to the ancient Tamilakam and its connected maritime cultures across the silk, spice, and incense routes. Now, this is a 2000-year-old history connecting this part of India with the Afro-Arabian, Asian, Mediterranean, and European cultures and lifestyles. EtP's interest is to relook this history parallely in the present times and leave footprints for the future. This sort of focused narrative would serve to highlight our shared history and collective lineage rather than homogenized identities and lifestyles. Looking back at our history critically, not just through photographic practice but also through its overlaps with art movements and other media, is the key to realizing photography’s unlimited potential. EtP's core value is creativity. By encouraging creative expressions, we like to recognize our diversity and promote inclusiveness, peace, and harmony.

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