Orissa, a Cradle of Buddhism
Tickets: $10 / Free to Members
2008, India, Benoy K. Behl, 25 min.
Includes a post-screening discussion with Dr. Kurt Behrendt
Orissa, a Cradle of Buddhism covers the Buddhist sites of Orissa, including Dhauli, Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri, Udaigiri, Langudi Hill, Kaima, and the villages of Naupatna and Maniabandha, where active Buddhist worship that began in ancient times (3rd century bce) continues.
This series of films by Benoy K. Behl is the first that depicts all of the ancient Buddhist sites of India as well as other Asian countries. The story of the Buddha and of the development of Buddhism is traced through the art and architecture of over one hundred major monuments. The series is presented as a complement to the new exhibition From India East.
About the Speaker
Kurt Behrendt is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds a Ph.D. in Indian Art History from U.C.L.A. and has edited and published several books on Gandhara including The Buddhist Architecture of Gandhara. His current research focuses on the Buddhist art and archaeology of central and north India between the 7th and 12th centuries.