- New Delhi, India
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
Each student conducts an independent field research project, focusing on an area of particular interest. Local academics, performers, artists and religious leaders will be invited to address and instruct the students.
The Temple University in India summer program is intended to investigate Indian civilization through an anthropological and historical study of its religions and artistic traditions, both ancient and contemporary. The mode of study is highly experiential and combines workshops, field trips and short apprenticeships.
- Setting Description:
- Dhrangadhra, in the state of Gujarat, is medieval town of 100,000 people with a Hindu, Muslim, Parsi and Jain population subdivided into more than 50 caste groups. The affluent are traders in the local cotton and salt trade that has existed for over 300 years, while the majority are farmers and shopkeepers. The town was until 1947 the capital of the local kingdom of Halvad-Dhrangadhra, and has both sacred and secular architecture influenced by local history. Temples, stepwells, palaces and mosques from various historical periods provide ample opportunity for study. There are more than 100 places of worship, and ancient art and craft traditions such as stone sculpture, jewelry making, tie and dye fabrics and embroidery prosper.
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