The Congress was inaugurated by Padma Bhushana. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala in absence of Sri Anantha Kumar, Hon'ble Minister of Culture, Government of India who could not reach there due to unavoidable circumstances. Dharmadhikari requested art historians to came forward in preserving the objects lying in different corners of the country and our cultural heritage. Dr. S.P. Gupta, the General President of the session presented the presidential address on this occasion. In his address, he traced the history of Indian art in different period. Dr. M.L. Nigam, Chairman, IAHC, presided over the function. Dr. R.D. Chaudhury, General Secretary of IAHC traced the brief history of IAHC & Prof. S. Prabhara secretary S.D.M. Education Society welcomed the participants at the beginning and Dr. Choodamani Nandgopal, Joint Secretary, IAHC Proposed the vote of thanks.
Dr. Haripriya Rangarajan, the Lady Governor of Andhra Pradesh and a well known art- historian was kind enough to deliver the Prof. K. D. Bajpai Memorial Lecture during the Congress.
The Volume contains altogether 17 papers, though few more spoken extempore were also presented during the session. Unfortunately, even later, we could have their written version and as such they could not be incorporated in this volume. Some of the papers could not be included as they lacked proper references in them. In spite of these drawbacks, we note with satisfaction that the studies presented in this collection are very much important for the study of Saiva art in India.
We have tried our best make this volumes upto mark but we crave the indulgence of readers for errors of ommision and commission.
We are very grateful to the members for attending and presenting their papers in the Congress. In fact, it is the members who make such type of Congress successful.
We also take this opportunity to thank the Presidents of various session, who took the responsibility of running the session smoothly. We also thank Dr. Choodamani Nandgopal for her in organizing this session.
We are thankful to our host Sri D. Veerendra Heggade and International Centre for Indian Art and Cultural Studies, Banglore for their nice hospitality.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to Dr. M.L. Nigam, Chairman and Dr. R.D. Chaudhury, General Secretary of Indian Art History Congress for their keen interest in the publication of this volume.
Last but nor the least, we are thankful to Mr. Sundeep Singhal of Sundeep Prakashan, New Delhi for hard work in getting this volume printed within the scheduled date.
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