Buddha's journey from Moghalmari to Sri Lanka
A lecture and power point presentation on by Ms.
Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo will host a lecture with power point
presentation on 'Gautama Buddha's journey from Moghalmari to Sri Lanka'
at 6.00 p.m. on January 13, at its auditorium at Indian Cultural Centre,
16/2 Gregory's Road, Colombo 7.
Kanchana Mukhopadhyay started her career as lecturer in History in a
college in Kolkata and worked in different archives in France and
England as research scholar. She is the founder of INTACH (Indian
National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Conservation Centre in
Kolkata and the co-convener of Calcutta chapter of INTACH. She is also
the former president of Alliance Française of Bengal.
By profession a Publisher and Bookseller, Kanchana received the
prestigious insignia of 'Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres'
(Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) from the cultural ministry of
the Government of France.
The newly excavated site of Moghalmari in West Midnapur District of
West Bengal reinforces the account of famous Chinese pilgrim Huen-Tsang
that in Tamralipti region existed at least ten monasteries and minimum
one thousand monks lived here. Though the name suggests the defeat of
Mogol soldiers, the excavation unearthed the ruins of a much more
ancient monastery named Vandak Mahabihar, perhaps a Vajrajana Buddhist
seat of learning which dates back to 6th century. The further excavation
will bring into light the true story of this place, leaving aside the
myth of primary school (Pathshala) of princess Sakhisona or remour of
Mughal defeat. Perhaps the biggest Buddhist Bihar in West Bengal waiting
to be unearthed in this place.
Contact the Indian Cultural Centre, No.16/2, Gregory's Road, Colombo
- 07, Tel.No.2684698 or email: [email protected] for more details