The Sindhu Project: Enigma of Roots Symposium

Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 10 am – 1 pm

1925 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616


This symposium explores the important developments in artistic styles and motifs that emerged in the northwestern regions of the South Asian sub-continent during the emergence of the first cities in the greater Indus Valley region, circa 2600-1900 BCE. Professor J. Mark Kenoyer, renowned authority on Indus Valley Civilization, along with Sindhu Project artists Mahwish Chishty and Gunjan Kumar will discuss the role of modern potters and artists who continue to expand and elaborate on the traditions of the Indus. Furthermore, the event will focus on iconic aspects of Gandharan art such as sculpture and architecture circa 300 BCE to 400 CE, but with a new perspective based on scientific research and analysis.

Tickets: $10 (exhibition viewing included) | Refreshments will be served

The program is as follows: 10am - 1pm: Keynote speaker and artist presentations. Exhibition viewing following the symposium


Presentation topics:

Professor J. Mark Kenoyer

  • “Artistic Traditions of the Indus Region and their Legacy in Modern South Asia”
  • "Gandharan Art and Architectural traditions: New perspectives and interpretation”

Gunjan Kumar

  • “Indus as a Medium”

Mahwish Chishty

  • “The Sindhu Project: Traveling the Ancestral Route” 

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