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Ancient Indian Culture

About the Department

The Department was established in 1971. Ours is one of the exceptional institution affiliated to Mumbai University where this subject is taught. Ancient Indian Culture major was started in the academic year 2008-09. Department has its own collection of antiquities as an academic toolkit to teach archaeology and museology. Department has a library comprising books related to the subject. Our faculty organizes numerous field visits to various archaeological places as a part of academic venture.

The Department of Ancient Indian Culture is actively involve in research. We have organized various workshops, seminars and conferences. Buddhist and Pashupata Caves in Mumbai and Shakti in Indian Art, Archaeology, Literature and Philosophy was two proceedings of these academic events which we have published. Our faculty and students have numerous research papers published in National and International Journals on Indian Art and Archaeology.

The Department of Ancient Indian Culture offers Under Graduate (BA) Course in the Subject. Department also offers a Certificate Course in Ancient Indian Culture for those who wish to learn the basics of Indian Culture but are unable to join degree course. The department also offers basic and advance Certificate Coerces in Sanskrit in collaboration with Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra. In Association with Department of Geography of our college, we offer a course in Tourism and Travel Management, which is an add on Course of Mumbai University for students.

We are proud to say that our students have bagged various academic prizes in Univeristy. Few of our students also have received fellowships as well.

The Department in association with Dnyanprabha Organisation is conducting various courses of Sanskrit and related topics since 2013. Initially Sanskrit Courses  started with the name Research and Innovation center but Dnyanprabha has taken the initiative. We offer Sanskrit Courses named

  • Sanskrit Parichay
  • Sanskrit Pravesh
  • Sanskrit Pravin
  • Sanskrit Kovid  
These courses are hobby courses and started with the aim of popularizing the rich linguaistic Indian heritage. These cources can be opted by any body who has a love for the lnguage. The College in association with Dnyanaprabha also organizes short cources in
1. Sanskrit Sahitya Rasaswada
2. Sanskrit Mahakavye
3. Sanskrit Panch Natake
4. Amarkosh Varga
We also organize various lecture series like Vedavidya - lecture series for understanding Vedic Knowledge, Lecture series on Nirukta, Lecture series on Prachin Dnyanshakha.
 

About the Subject

The subject of Ancient Indian Culture mainly deals with various aspects of Indian culture. It comprises of the study of Indian Archaeology, Art, Literature, Socio-Economic History of Ancient India, Museology, Conservation and Preservation, Heritage Tourism, Ethno-Archaeology, Development of Sciences in Ancient India, Development of Religious and Philosophical traditions in Ancient India and so on. We deal with tangible as well as intangible heritage and its preservation. We try to explore roots of Indian Culture.

Large Number of alumni of the Department are in Tourism Industry. The Subject also helps to work in the field of Museums, Achieves, Conservation Labs. There are proud ex-students of the Department who are in the noble profession of Teaching. Studies in Ancient Indian Culture opens avenues by crating academic foundation for the further studies in Archaeology, Anthropology, Heritage Management, Heritage Conservation, Tourism and Media.

The Subject helps to understand the Human history and its evolution in India through ages. It nurtures the creative minds to venture into various fields. 

Dr. Suraj A. Pandit
HOD

Dr. Suraj A. Pandit is a trained arcaheologist and active researcher in the field of Indian Art and Archaeology. He has verious research publications and projects on his name. Under his leadership the department has contributed in University Academics. 

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Dr. Suraj A. Pandit
HOD

Dr. Suraj A. Pandit is a trained arcaheologist and active researcher in the field of Indian Art and Archaeology. He has verious research publications and projects on his name. Under his leadership the department has contributed in University Academics. 

Books

Stories In Stone - Historic Caves Of Mumbai
Authoured
Co Author :Arun Narayan
Year of Publication :2013
Name of Publication :Instucen
Place of Publication :Mumbai

Age Of Traikutakas: Coins, Inscription And Art
Authoured
Year of Publication :2012
Name of Publication :Agam Kala Prakashan
Place of Publication :New Delhi
ISBN :8173201153 / 978-8173201158

Shakti In Indian Archaeology, Art, Literature And Philosophy
Edited
Co Author :Dr. K. S. Rege, Prof. Radha Sabnis, Prof. Sunita Jeswani
Year of Publication :2015
Name of Publication :Agam Kala Prakashan
Place of Publication :New Delhi
ISBN :8173201528 / 9788173201523

Buddhist And Pashupata Caves In Mumbai
Edited
Year of Publication :2005
Name of Publication :Sathaye College
Place of Publication :Mumbai

Research Project

Critical Edition Of Manuscripts In Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Principal Investigator :Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar, Dr. A. A. Jamkhedkar
Co Investigator :Dr. Suraj A. Pandit, Dr. Prachi Moghe, Dr. Ambarish Khare, Ms. Radha Sabnis , Ms. Prachi Chaudhari,
Period :01-11-2008 - 15-03-2016
Status :Ongoing

Documentation Of Caves In Mmr
Principal Investigator :Dr. Suraj A. Pandit
Period :01-04-2016 - 31-03-2017
Status :Ongoing

Historical Geography And Cultural Ethnography Of Pre-Portuguese Medieval Mumbai
Principal Investigator :Dr. Suraj A. Pandit
Period :01-04-2013 - 31-03-2015
Status :Completed

Inscriptions In Western Indian Caves
Principal Investigator :Dr. Suraj A. Pandit
Period :01-04-2003 - 31-03-2004
Status :Completed

Salsette Explorations
Principal Investigator :Suraj A. Pandit
Co Investigator :Dr. Kurush Dalal, Dr. Prachi Moghe, Dr. Abhijeet Dandekar, Mr. Vinayak Parab, Ms. Tejaswini Aphale
Period :01-04-2015 - 31-03-2018
Status :Ongoing

Research Papers Published

Caves At Edvan
Co Author :Siddarth Kale
Name of Publication :Journal Of Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Name of Editors :Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar / Dr. Devangana Desai / Dr. Indira Iyyar
Name of Publisher :Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Year of Publication :2013

Few Lesser Known And Unknown Caves From Kanheri
Name of Publication :Journal Of Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Name of Editors :Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar / Dr. Devangana Desai
Name of Publisher :Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Year of Publication :2012

Note On Three Inscriptions From Vasai-Sopara
Co Author :Manjiri Bhalerao / Siddarth Kale
Name of Publication :Journal Of Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Name of Editors :Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar / Dr. Devangana Desai
Name of Publisher :Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Year of Publication :2012

Water Management System At Kanheri
Name of Publication :Journal Of Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Name of Editors :Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar / Dr. Devangana Desai
Name of Publisher :Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Year of Publication :2010

Bodhisattva Images At Kanheri
Name of Publication :Journal Of Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Name of Editors :Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar / Dr. Devangana Desai
Name of Publisher :Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Year of Publication :2009

Late Hinayana Buddhism And The Transition To Mahayana: A Study Of Early Buddhist Sangha And The Buddha Figures At Kanheri
Name of Publication :Eastern Buddhist
Name of Publisher :Otani University
Year of Publication :2005

A Unique Sculptural Panel From Kanheri Cave 90
Name of Publication :Temple Architecture And Imagery Of South And South East Asia: Essays Presented To Prof. M. A. Dhaky
Name of Editors :Dr. Parul Pandya Dhar And Dr. Gerd Mevissen
Name of Publisher :Aryan Books International
Year of Publication :2015

Study Of Architecture In The Light Of Buddhist Nikayas: Kanheri A Case Study
Name of Publication :A Bouquet Of Indian Heritage Research And Management: Dr. Agam Prasad Felicitation
Name of Editors :Dr. Prashant Shrivastava / Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mahapatra
Name of Publisher :Agam Kala Prakashan
Year of Publication :2015

Kanheri, Three Monks And Their Legends
Name of Publication :Indian Culture And Art: Continuity And Change : Shri R.C. Tripathi Felicitation Volume
Name of Editors :Dr. Prashant Shrivastava / Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mahapatra
Name of Publisher :Agam Kala Prakashan
Year of Publication :2015

Ekadashamukha Avalokiteshvara From Kanheri
Name of Publication :Cultural Contours Of History And Archaeology, In Honour Of Snehasiri Prof. P. Chenna Reddy, Vol Vii, Buddhism And Other Religions
Name of Editors :K. Krishna Naik / E. Siva Nagi Reddy
Name of Publisher :B. R. Publishing Corporation
Year of Publication :2015

Miracle Of Shravasti Depicted In The Art Of Kanheri And Kondivate
Name of Publication :Art, Icon And Architecture In South Asia: Essays In Honour Of Dr. Devangana Desai
Name of Editors :Dr. Anila Verghese And Dr. Anna L. Dallapiccola
Name of Publisher :Aryan Books International
Year of Publication :2015

Bhagavato Pasado
Name of Publication :Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar Felicitation Volume
Name of Editors :Dr. Ambarish Khare
Name of Publisher :Samvidya Institute Of Cultural Studies
Year of Publication :2014

The Story Of Purna: Text And Context
Name of Publication :Buddhist Texts And Traditions
Name of Publisher :Savitribai Phule Pune Vidyapeeth

Traikutaka
Name of Publication :Gazetteer Of Maharashtra
Name of Editors :Dr. A. S. Pathak
Name of Publisher :Government Of Maharashtra
Year of Publication :2014

Mumbadevimahatmya, Kolis And Pre-Portuguese Mumbai
Name of Publication :Proceedings Of The Conference On Sanskrit Sources Of Indian History Volume I
Name of Editors :Dr. S. Bhatt
Name of Publisher :Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
Year of Publication :2014

Hindu Architecture Of Early Maharashtra: A Review
Name of Publication :History Of Science, Philosophy And Culture In Indian Civilization Vol. Vi Part 8: Perspectives On Maharashtra: Cultural – Intellectual Contributions
Name of Editors :Dr. Shubhada Joshi
Name of Publisher :Centre For Studies In Civilizations
Year of Publication :2013

Buddhist Values In Inscriptions And Their Relevance To Contemporary World
Name of Publication :Buddhist Ethics And Their Relevance To Contemporary World
Name of Editors :Dr. K. Sankarnarayan
Name of Publisher :Somaiya Publlication
Year of Publication :2010

Re-Identification Of A Monastic Site In Maharashtra
Name of Publication :Silk Route
Name of Editors :Challs Willeman / Lalji Shravak
Name of Publisher :Buddhist Press Of India
Year of Publication :2010

Historical Importance Of Kanheri
Name of Publication :India: Yesterday And Today’, Prof. Menon Felicitation Vol.
Name of Publisher :Vijaya Laxmi Publication
Year of Publication :2009

Re-Identification And Study Of A Unique Figure Of The Buddha From Kanheri.
Name of Publication :A. Sundara Felicitations Vol. 4: Section Iii. Architecture And Sculpture: Saundaryashri
Name of Editors :P. Chenna Reddy
Name of Publisher :Sharada Publication
Year of Publication :2009

Kanheri: Architecture And Its Sectarian Affiliation
Name of Publication :Dhamma And Abhidhamma’ Vol. Ii Proceeding Of International Conference
Name of Editors :Dr. K. Sankarnarayan
Name of Publisher :Somaiya Publlication
Year of Publication :2008

An Evidence For Mahayana From Kanheri
Name of Publication :Contribution Of Buddhism To World Culture, Vol. Ii’, Proceeding Of International Conference
Name of Editors :Dr. K. Sankarnarayan
Name of Publisher :Somaiya Publlication
Year of Publication :2006

Kanheri: A Unique Buddhist Monastery
Name of Publication :Buddhist And Pashupata Caves In Mumbai
Name of Editors :Dr. S. A. Pandit
Name of Publisher :Sathaye College
Year of Publication :2005

Kanheri: The Sustain Patronage
Name of Publication :Buddhism In Global Perspective, Vol. Ii
Name of Editors :Dr. K. Sankarnarayan
Name of Publisher :Somaiya Publlication
Year of Publication :2003

Bhadrayaniya-S At Kanheri
Name of Publication :Proceeding Of Seminar On ‘sources Of History And Their Interpretation
Name of Editors :Dr. Surekha Sawant
Name of Publisher :Ljnj Mahila Mahavidyalaya
Year of Publication :2003

Tara Sculptures From Kanheri
Name of Publication :Journal Of Anatacharya Indological Research Institute, Vol. Iv
Name of Editors :Dr. Ramesh Dave
Name of Publisher :Anatacharya Indological Research Institute
Year of Publication :2002

Identification Of Monastic Site In Si-Yu-Ki
Name of Publication :History Today, Vol. Iii
Name of Editors :Dr. S. P. Gupta
Name of Publisher :Indian Archaeological Society
Year of Publication :2002

Research Papers Presented

Mahapratiharya In Cave 50 At Kanheri
Name of Seminar :Buddhist Narratives
Level :International
Period :24-02-2016-26-02-2016
Name of Organizers :Department Of Pali, Savitribai Phule Pune University

Kotikarna In Buddhism
Name of Seminar :Narratives
Level :National
Period :02-03-2016-03-03-2016
Name of Organizers :Department Of Sanskrit, Mumbai University


Name of Workshop :Elephanta Site Workshop
Level :National
Period :23-01-2016-25-01-2016
Name of Organizers :Instucen


Name of Seminar :Kanheri Site Seminar
Level :National
Period :05-11-2015-07-11-2015
Name of Organizers :Instucen

Book Reviews

Hindavi Swarajyachya Don Rajdhanya Raigad And Rajgad, Ek Chikitsak Abhyas
Review Published In :Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Year of Publication :2014
Name of Editors :Dr. A. P. Jamhedkar / Dr. Devangana Desai
Name of Publisher :Asiatic Society Of Mumbai
Place of Publication :Mumbai

Popular Writings

Where Esoteric Buddhism Flourished, Buddhist Caves At Ellora
Name of Book :Maharashtra Unlimited
Name of Editors :Manjiri Khandekar
Name of Publisher :Mtdc, Government Of Maharashtra
Place of Publication :Mumbai
Date of Publication :01-04-2013
Nature of Publication :Periodical

Story Of Mumbai
Name of Book :Maharashtra Unlimited
Name of Editors :Manjiri Khandekar
Name of Publisher :Mtdc, Government Of Maharashtra
Place of Publication :Mumbai
Date of Publication :01-01-2013
Nature of Publication :Periodical

Caves Of Mumbai
Name of Book :Maharashtra Unlimited
Name of Editors :Manjiri Khandekar
Name of Publisher :Mtdc, Government Of Maharashtra
Place of Publication :Mumbai
Date of Publication :01-01-2013
Nature of Publication :Periodical

Elephanta
Name of Book :Maharashtra Unlimited
Name of Editors :Manjiri Khandekar
Name of Publisher :Mtdc, Government Of Maharashtra
Place of Publication :Mumbai
Date of Publication :12-07-2012
Nature of Publication :Periodical

Maharashtra’s Forgotten Treasure: Pitalkhora
Name of Book :Maharashtra Unlimited
Name of Editors :Manjiri Khandekar
Name of Publisher :Mtdc, Government Of Maharashtra
Place of Publication :Mumbai
Date of Publication :01-04-2012
Nature of Publication :Periodical

Traikutaka
Name of Book :Heritage Mgazine
Name of Editors :Manjiri Khandekar
Name of Publisher :Heritage India
Place of Publication :Pune
Date of Publication :01-11-2011
Nature of Publication :Periodical

Radha Sabnis
Contractual

Radha Sabnis is intrested in Ancient Indian Culture and History. Her area of research is History of Mumbai. She has done certificate course in the subject of Archaeology. She has also taught the subject history in the Department of BMM and is teaching students of certificate course in Travel and Torism from last three years.

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Radha Sabnis
Contractual

Radha Sabnis is intrested in Ancient Indian Culture and History. Her area of research is History of Mumbai. She has done certificate course in the subject of Archaeology. She has also taught the subject history in the Department of BMM and is teaching students of certificate course in Travel and Torism from last three years.

Books

Shakti In Indian Archaeology, Art, Literature And Philosophy
Edited
Co Author :Dr. K. D. Rege / Dr. S. A. Pandit / Prof. Sunita Jeswani
Year of Publication :2015
Name of Publication :Agam Kala Prakashan
Place of Publication :Delhi

Research Project

Sahyadri Khanda Of Skanda Purana
Period :15-01-2011 - 15-03-2016
Status :Proposed

Research Papers Published

Father Of Civil Aviation In India And Visionary Extraordinaire
Name of Publication :Maharashtra Unlimited (Mumbai Special)
Name of Publisher :Mtdc
Year of Publication :2013

Research Papers Presented

Electrification Of Bombay
Level :National
Period :27-02-2013-28-02-2013
Name of Organizers :Shri M.D. Shah Mahila College Of Arts & Commerce, Malad West

Electrification Of Bombay With Special Reference To The Role Of The Tata Company
Name of Seminar :Brihanmaharashtra Pracyavidya Parishad
Level :Local
Period :18-11-2011-20-11-2011
Name of Organizers :K.C.E. Societys Mulaji Jetha College, Jalgaon

Electrification Of Bombaycity: Role Of The Tata Company
Name of Conference :Maharashtra 1960-2010: Imaging The Past And Envisioning The Future
Level :State
Period :22-01-2010-23-01-2010
Name of Organizers :V.G. Vaze College Of Arts, Science And Commerce, Mulund

Silahara Inscriptions And Literary Sources
Name of Conference :46th Annual Conference
Level :State
Period :09-10-2009-11-10-2009
Name of Organizers :L.J.N.J Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Vile Parle (E)

Shamika Sarvankar
Project Fellow
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Nishigandha Usapkar
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Dr. Milind Paradkar
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Certificate Course
  • Ancient Indian Culture
  • Travel and Tourism Management

First Year
Sem I
  • Elements Of Archaeology In India

Sem II
  • Cultural Heritage of Mumbai

Second Year
Sem III
  • India Through Ages
  • Social Organizations in Ancient India

Sem IV
  • India Through Ages
  • Economic Institutions in Ancient India

Third Year
Sem V
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Art & Architecture In Ancient India
  • The Study Of Protection, Conservation And Preservation Of Indian Monuments And Antiquities
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Religious & Philosophical Thoughts In Ancient India
  • An Introduction & Survey Of Literature In Ancient India

Sem VI
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Art & Architecture In Ancient India
  • The Study Of Protection, Conservation And Preservation Of Indian Monuments And Antiquities
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Religious & Philosophical Thoughts In Ancient India
  • An Introduction & Survey Of Science & Technology In Ancient India