South Asia

Organized Panel Session

5 - Cultural routes and transnational heritage: Nagapattinam in context

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Silveroak II, Ground Floor

Writing at the beginning of the last century, historians have viewed India’s cultural contacts in the 11th-12th century through the prism of the political power of the Chola Empire and the naval raids on Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia carried out by the dynasty. This paper revisits the debates in more recent works and focuses on the monuments, shrines and cultural artefacts that survive from that period. The seaside town of Nagapattinam located on the Tamil coast has played an important role in the history of trans-oceanic activity across the Bay of Bengal. The present district of Nagapattinam, which came into being in 1991, is known to have been settled as early as the prehistoric Neolithic period and provides evidence for continued activity well into the present. It was not only an important port and trading settlement, but was a major sacred centre, as evident from the Buddhist temple at the site, which received donations from rulers of Srivijaya and Chinese patrons, but was demolished in the 19th century. This paper will discuss the maritime cultural landscape of Nagapattinam based on archaeological and inscriptional data and its linkages with centres across the Bay of Bengal. The larger issue is the need to preserve and protect the maritime cultural heritage of Nagapattinam and to factor in practices by the fishing communities of the region.

Himanshu Prabha Ray

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, India

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