Online History Hour programme-AN INTRODUCTION TO GOAN HINDU ICONOGRAPHY by Dr. Rohit Phalgaonkar

Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim cordially invites you to attend our second Online History Hour programme on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 at 6.00 pm IST (2:30 pm CET, 8:30 am ET)

Dr. Rohit Phalgaonkar will speak on the topic, AN INTRODUCTION TO GOAN HINDU ICONOGRAPHY

All of you, along with your friends and colleagues are cordially invited to join the lecture and the discussion that will follow. Kindly refer to the attached flyer and poster for further details. 


 Speaker: Dr. Rohit Phalgaonkar

 Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Time: 6:00 pm IST (2:30 pm CET, 8:30 am ET) 

Online platform: Zoom

Direct link to the talk:

Zoom meeting ID: 915 3545 5388

An introduction to

Goan Hindu Iconography

By Dr. Rohit Phalgaonkar

Every Hindu sculpture has a specific description. They are carved or cast according to this description. It provides the key identifying features of these sculptures. These include poses called aasanas, weapons called aayudhs, hand gestures called mudraas, hairdos, crowns etc. This is entirely based on ancient scriptures. This study is termed as iconography while the texts which describe them are called iconographical texts. Throughout India these texts were followed while making any sculpture. Goa was no exception. Hence even when fragmentary remains of a sculpture are found, the sculpture can be identified based on these attributes. The lecture aims to understand the layout and formation of Hindu sculptures with a specific reference to Goa.

Dr. Rohit Ramakant Phalgaonkar is an avid enthusiast of Ancient Indian History. He was awarded a Ph.D. in History from Savitribai Phule University, Pune in 2015. The topic of his thesis was, “The History of Goa’s Religion-Cultural Past: A Study based on Iconography (AD 4 –AD 1600)” He is much sought after for lectures on Ancient Indian History, Archaeology, Culture etc. Dr. Rohit is also known to have revived interest in cultural dances, like the Dhallo and in the traditional Kunbi Sari. His upcoming book titled ‘Goan bronzes’ has been approved for publication by the Department of Art & Culture of Goa and is said to be one of the only works of its kind in Goa which concentrates on Goa’s brass and bronze sculptures.


Anderson Fernandes SJ

Administrator, XCHR

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