24 April, 2017

Speaker: Tara Dhar Hasnain

In this talk, Tara will explore the strong links ancient Kashmir had with Gandhara, Central Asia, even China and Tibet/Ladakh. This led to (or resulted in) its syncretic culture and heritage, shaped by a confluence of Buddhism, Hinduism and the tolerant Sufi version of Islam. See rare pictures of ancient archaeological sites, especially from the first millennium, such as the venue of the Fourth Buddhist Council, Hindu temple structures that show Graeco-Hellenic influences and old Sufi shrines from the time Islam arrived in this fabled land.