Lars Gerdmar studies Hindu and Buddhist religious art in India

Lars Gerdmar, a professional Swedish scholar of Art from Lund is currently visiting India in order to study Hindu, Buddhist and Christian religious art in the country. Lars is also a professional artist specialised in making icons for the Catholic church (like the one to above), and a good friend of the NSAN editor Lars Eklund. After staying for more than a month in Kolkata at Eklund’s Sardar Sankar Rd residence, he is now touring several other places in India for a period of  4-5 months.
In Kolkata he held a much appreciated seminar on Iconic Christian Art at Rabindra Bharati University and its Faculty of Art (photo of Lars along with Vice Chancellor Sabyasachi Ray Chaudhury - second from right - and other professors). He also visited Shantiniketan where he held a similar seminar at Viswa Bharati University and its Kala Bhavan (Department of Art), a seminar organised by Prof. Asha Mukherjee.
After Kolkata, he has visited Delhi, Amritsar and Dharamsala, and he will continue to south India including Bangalore and Madurai, and he also plans to visit Varanasi, in a programme being planned for him by Christabel Royan at the Nordic Cente in India consortium. His focus is mainly devoted to Hindu and Buddhist art in all its forms and the question of how Hindus and Buddhists relate to their holy images in comparison with how Christians make it to the holy icons. He is also interested in the issue of religious dialogue.