Transpositions of Buddha images as Local Deities: An Art Historical Inquiry of Faking and Forging
PhD candidate Salvarpatti Manuvelraj Ponnudurai will in this presentation explore the nitty gritty of alteration, misappropriation and distorted history, when he examines four local temples in Tamil Speaking South India where Buddha images are worshipped as local ‘Hindu’ deities. Open for all.
This presentation is an investigation of the transferred Buddha images from one cultural sphere to another, where the new sphere is contradictory to the aims and objectives of the images' creation. It is an analysis of the visual language created by such images in respect of the space it occupies now. By mapping out the convergence between misappropriation and historical role played in the formation of Buddhist icons, the presentation will evaluate the religious antagonism between destabilized Buddhist school of thought and hostile caste practices.
Salvarpatti Manuvelraj Ponnudurai is a PhD candidate in the Department of Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2011-2016) where he is writing a thesis on “Understanding Buddha Images in Tamil speaking South India: Historicity, Misappropriations and Modern Politics.”