In the course of my career, I have combined research with teaching and exhibition-related activities around the world. Extensive field travel in South Asia, with visits to sites of importance in Southeast Asia, has given me first hand familiarity with the art of the region. My background in classical Sanskrit and Tamil, and knowledge of a range of modern Indian languages has proved invaluable. My writings have incorporated translations of ancient poetry, and material from unpublished manuscripts, in order to illuminate an artistic milieu. Over the years, my work has ranged from Buddhist art of the centuries BC to the esoteric temples of North India, and from the sacred bronzes of South India to art under the British Raj. Management and curatorial experience at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries provided a broad mandate to convey the excitement of the field of South Asian art to non-specialist audiences.

Published Books

  • 2009

    The Body Adorned

    The Body Adorned: Dissolving Boundaries between Sacred and Profane in India’s Art, Columbia Univer

  • 2008

    Delight in Design

    Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin Publications, India, 2008.

  • 2006

    Chola. Sacred Bronzes of Southern India

    Chola. Sacred Bronzes of Southern India.London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2006. Catalogue essay“Beauty

  • 2002

    The Sensuous and the Sacred

    The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India, New York: The American Federation of A

  • 2000

    India through the Lens

    India through the Lens: Photography 1840 – 1911, Washington D.C., Ahmedabad, Cologne: FreerGalle

  • 1999

    Devi, The Great Goddess

    Devi, The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art, Washington D.C., Ahmedabad,Cologne: Ar

  • 1997

    Indian Art. Art and Ideas

    Indian Art. Art and Ideas. London: Phaidon, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002. Japanese and Greek editions issue

  • 1997

    Discourse in Early Buddhist Art

    Discourse in Early Buddhist Art: Visual Narratives of India. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishe

  • 1996

    Unseen Presence

    Ed. Unseen Presence: The Buddha and Sanchi, Bombay: Marg Publications, 1996.

  • 1994

    The Legend of Rama

    Ed. The Legend of Rama: Artistic Visions, Bombay: Marg Publications, 1994.

  • 1990

    Antal and her Path of Love

    Antal and her Path of Love: Poems of a Woman Saint from South India. Albany: SUNY Press, 1990.

  • 1988

    Slaves of the Lord

    Slaves of the Lord: The Path of the Tamil Saints. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1988.

  • 1988

    Royal Patrons and Great Temple Art

    Ed. Royal Patrons and Great Temple Art. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1988.

  • 1986

    From Merchants to Emperors

    With Pratapaditya Pal. From Merchants to Emperors: British Artists and India 1757–1930. Ithaca, New

  • 1979

    Living and Dying

    Living and Dying: An Enquiry into the Enigma of Life after Death. New Delhi: Vikas Publishers, 1979.

  • 1972

    Early Buddhist Rock Temples

    Early Buddhist Rock Temples. London: Thames & Hudson, London, 1972.