Ever wanted to learn an ancient Indian script? Join us at this unique Brahmi coin reading workshop at the Piramal Gallery, NCPA on the 27th or 28th of October!
About the workshop:
As a part of the “Art on coins – India and the world” exhibition, Tejaswinee Pathak and Pascal Lopes will conduct a classroom session of a basic reading of the Brahmi script on coins. During the workshop, we will handle actual ancient coins and read the Brahmi script on them.
By the end of the workshop we will be able to read the names of at least 10 kings on ancient coins and acquire a basic level understanding of how to read Brahmi in general.
Date and time:
27th or 28th October 2018
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Brahmi coin reading workshop will be the same on both days. You may choose to attend either one.
The “Art on coins – India and the world” exhibition will be on from 12 – 8 pm from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th October.
Numismatics and epigraphy:
Just like archaeology, numismatics and epigraphy help us decipher history. Researchers and students who wish to study India’s rich history and culture must acquire the knowledge of ancient writing to be able to read the contents on coins, stone inscriptions, copper plates, terracotta tablets etc. For this, we need the knowledge of ancient scripts like Brahmi and Kharoshti and languages like Prakrit and Sanskrit.
The Brahmi Script:
Brahmi is the oldest script of India – an older form of current Devnagiri script. Brahmi is considered a perfect script – it is phonetic and contains all the characters for an ideal script. We see a unique combination of vowels with consonants by various signs. It is written from left to right. It was a widely-accepted script of the period, with several mentions in Jain and Buddhist literatures of the time. To understand ancient Indian history and culture, knowledge of Brahmi is must.
Mrs. Tejaswinee Pathak holds a triple master’s in History, Indology, Numismatics & Archaeology. She arranges heritages tours and is an expert in reading the Brahmi script at the sites such as the Karla & Bhaje caves.
Mr. Pascal Lopes is a highly-regarded historian, and holds a master’s degree in Numismatics & Archeology from the University of Mumbai. He has a profound knowledge of medieval Indian history, as he researches for his PHD around the Portuguese and Maratha Era using ancient coins. Often quoted in the media for his views and his research, he is also currently writing a book about ancient Indian history.