Dr. Jyoti Sahi

    • Dr. Jyoti Sahi's details
      • Country: India
      • Region: Bangalore
      • University: Vishram, Silvepura, Bangalore

    I was born in Pune in 1944 to a British mother and Indian father. My Father who was teaching at that time in the Scindia School in Gwalior, was the following year invited to be the head of the English Dept. of the Doon School. Most of my childhood was spent in Dehradun. I studied art in London at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. The person who taught me art as a child, Sudhir Khastigir,was among the early students to pass out of the Kala Bhavan in Shantiniketan, where he had received his schooling. So I was formed in the Bengal School, initiated by the Tagores, through Khastigir; and it was his idea that I should study at this London School of Arts and Crafts, which had links with Dartington College (inspired by Shantiniketan). I have been interested in the Arts and Crafts movement, and the ideas of people like Ananda Coomaraswamy, and Devi Prasad. When I returned to India from London in 1964, I taught for a year at the American International School in Delhi, but then came South to meet Laurie Baker. He had suggested that I might work with him, as he was also interested in the idea of an Art/craft cooperative, having himself been formed by the kind of Arts and Crafts movement in Birmingham before the war, where he had specialized in Architecture. I started work at the N.B.C.L.C. in Bangalore in 1970. Besides being an artist, I am also known as a Theologian, and the Doctorate I received from the Serampore University is in Divinity. My special area of interest has been the relation of Art to Theology.  I started teaching this subject at the Papal Seminary in Pune, and also in Delhi, and Madurai.  I have also been involved with various departments of Christian Studies, at the Universities of Mysore, Chennai, and Mangalore. In 1984 I started an Art Ashram in a village outside Bangalore called Silvepura. In 1997, soon after starting Srishti, Geetha Narayanan invited me to teach at Srishti which had begun the previous year. I have been teaching courses related to Humanities, and Foundation Studies, around subjects linked to Art, Aesthetics, and Indian and Christian Philosophy related to Art. My special interest is the relation of Art to Design and Crafts. After working at Srishti, I also got involved with Oxford Brookes, and have been teaching humanities students interested in the relation between Fine Arts and Religious Studies. I have been giving lectures on this topic in Edinburgh (Alexander Duff Lectures), Cambridge (Teape Lectures), and also at the Selly Oak Colleges in Birmingham (as the William Paton Fellow). More recently I have also been involved with the dept. of Social Sciences at the J.N.U in Delhi.



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