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Video documentation of museum objects in Tamil Nadu

The project bult on my earlier award from the NTICVA and focused on the Nayak temples in Tamil Nadu. This in turn led to a major research project funded by the University Grants Commission.

Baluchar silk and temple terracottas: a comparative study of motifs

The award gave me a good opportunity to travel and visit many terracotta temples in remote villages in Bengal that remained unknown and undocumented. I have (2001) prepared a popular article and two research papers are ready for publication. I interact usefully with a stream of students and research workers from the Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati and Burdwan University Bardhaman.

A cultural resource centred sustainable development model for the region of Ladakh

This research visit was sought in order to obtain materials to contribute to my PhD dissertation. During the period of the award it was possible to access a number of important sources of information pertaining to the Ladakh region, the most significant among these being the Album of Pictorial Maps of the area know as the "Wise Album' as well as the Schlagintweit survey expedition accounts. At present (2005) I am writing a paper based on the "Wise Maps" which will become a chapter in my PhD.

Past in Present: Care of the Gothic Revival

Although I had been in the UK for a year and had obtained an MA in Conservation Studies from the Institute of Advanced Arhitectural Studies, University of York on a Charles Wallace India Trust scholarship, and had formal qualifications, I was lacking practical training. This is where the Fellowship was tailor made. In India I had the distinction of being one of the earliest practicising conservation architectects, but in retrospect I feel that this fellowship made all the difference to my career.