Yagnaseni Datta

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Islamic Art and Architecture

Yagnaseni Datta studies Islamic Art and Architecture with a focus on South Asia. Her research interests include exploring the networks of exchange and encounter between the Indian subcontinent and the Persianate world during the early modern period, particularly, the assimilation of Hindu and Islamic traditions in art, and the localized reception of the Persian language, stories, and paintings in the illustrated manuscripts produced by the Mughals and the contemporaneous Deccan Sultanates. Yagnaseni received her MA (Hons) in Classical and Middle East Studies at the University of Edinburgh followed by an MA with Distinction in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. During her time in the UK, she volunteered as a curatorial assistant at the National Museum of Scotland where she conducted research on the 19th century Industrial Arts from British India. She has also worked towards the installation of two art exhibitions on Nowruz and Eid celebrations in the Safavid, Mughal and Ottoman Courts at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. In addition, she presented a paper on the Vulnerability of the Heroic Archetype in Firdausi’s Shahnameh at the Symposia Iranica, University of Cambridge 2017.