Nayanjot Lahiri

We are delighted to welcome eminent historian and archeologist of ancient India Nayanjot Lahiri to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Historian and Archeologist Nayanjot Lahiri.

Nayanjot Lahiri is Professor of History at Ashoka University. Previously, she was Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi.

Her research interests include Ancient India, Indian archaeology, and heritage studies.

She is author of many books including ‘Pre-Ahom Assam’ (1991), ‘The Archaeology of Indian Trade Routes (upto c. 200 BC)’ (1992), ‘Finding Forgotten Cities – How the Indus Civilization was Discovered’ (2005) and, ‘Marshalling the Past: Ancient India and its Modern Histories’ (2012).

Nayanjot Lahiri won the Infosys Prize 2013 in Humanities – Archaeology.

Her latest book ‘Ashoka in Ancient India’ (2015) won the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize in 2016.

Ashoka in Ancient India by Professor Nayanjot Lahiri.

In the 3rd century BCE, Ashoka ruled an empire encompassing much of modern-day India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. During his reign, Buddhism proliferated across the subcontinent, and future generations of Asians came to see him as the ideal Buddhist king. Disentangling the threads of Ashoka’s life from the knot of legend that surrounds it, this vivid biography deepens our understanding of a legacy that extends beyond the bounds of the Indian emperor’s lifetime and dominion.

A lecture by Professor Nayanjot Lahiri titled “Struggling with History, Living with Ashoka: My Encounter with Biography” …

She is presently working on a history of Indian archaeology since Independence.

Presentation by Professor Nayanjot Lahiri held at Harvard University on “Asian Archaeology: Recent Discoveries and Controversies” held on March 28, 2016 at Harvard University …

Nayanjot Lahiri at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss meeting Nayanjot Lahiri at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017. Her events will be announced in November 2016 … Please click the FOLLOW button below to receive email updates as festival news and announcements are published.