SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

A journey to the Buddhist and Hindu sites of southern Sumatra‚Äč

David ‚ÄčSnellgrove

Date: 28 May 2014Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 28 May 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Professor David Snellgrove is visiting London on the occasion of the inaugural event of the SOAS Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme, under which he has allowed the School to give his name to a newly endowed Snellgrove chair in Tibetan and Buddhist Art.

David joined SOAS in 1950 as a Tibetan language expert and made a major contribution to Tibetan and Buddhist studies with his translation, with pioneering introduction, of the Hevajra Tantra, his laterIndo-Tibetan Buddhism and his books on the architecture of the Khmers at Angkor and in modern Thailand. His publications were many and highly influential and they continued after his retirement as Professor of Tibetan in 1982 with works on the sacred art and architecture of Cambodia, where he resided for much of the year. An intrepid and tireless traveller, David journeyed around much of Southeast Asia. In his talk he will take us on a rare visit to Palembang and Jambi in south Sumatra, which were capitals at certain periods of the only vaguely defined thalassocracy or maritime league called ‘Srivijaya’ between the 7th and 13th centuries.   In all his travels he has been accompanied by young local people who tell him about places which are worth visiting,  beginning with Pasang Khambache in India and the Himalayas, who died in 1986, Hari Budiyanto in Indonesia, who joined him from Gene Smith’s household in Jakarta, Asrizal who joined him in Bukittingi in Sumatra, and finally Vutthy in Cambodia.'

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