Dr. Manju Nahata

Published: 05.05.2020
Updated: 06.05.2021
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Manju Nahta

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Born: 14.11.1955, Gangashahar, Rajasthan

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Born on 14th November 1955 (Gangashahar, Rajasthan) to Shri Khemchandji and Smt. Gulabdevi Sethia, Dr. Manju Nahata is a multi-dimensional personality, a Jain scholar and artist of distinction. Her diligent efforts to study and teach Jain philosophy has been aided by the support of her husband, Shri Surendraji Nahata (Sardarshahar, Rajasthan).

Education

Ph.D in Jainology and Comparative Religion and Philosophy, Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun, Rajasthan. Research thesis - ‘Interpretation of Anekantvada through Paintings’ 1999-2002
M.A. in Jainology and Comparative Religion and Philosophy, Jain Vishva Bharati University, Rajasthan. Secured 1st Division 1997-1999
B.A, Jain Vishva Bharati University, Rajasthan. Secured 1st Division 1993-1996
Diploma Course (4 Years) of Visual Arts in Indian Style of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. Secured 1st Class 1990-1994

Additional Courses

Elementary and Advanced Courses in Prakrit Language and Literature, Bhogilal Leharchand Institute of Indology, Delhi 2004, 2007
Special training in Bengal School of Art under Sri Dhirendra Nath Brahma, Kolkata 1994-2006
Special training in Rajasthani style of painting under Kalavid Dwarka Prasad Sharma, Jaipur 1992-1994
Certificate Course in Museum Studies on Indian Art, Indian Museum, Kolkata 1990
Certificate Course in Art and Aesthetics, Birla Academy of Art & Culture. Kolkata 1989
Course in French language (1 year), Alliance Francais, Kolkata 1983
Spoken French Audio Visual Course (6 months) at Alliance Francais, Kolkata 1978

Awards and Honours

‘Shravika Gaurav’ Honour by Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Mahila Mandal, India for Outstanding Work in Jain Studies and Propagation of Jain Philosophy

2009
‘Jain Vidya Puraskar’ from Jain Vishva Bharati, Rajasthan, for Research work in Jain Philosophy 2005

‘Pratibha Puraskar’ by Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Mahila Mandal for contribution in the field of Jain Art

2000
Special Prize from Indian Society of Oriental Arts, Kolkata, for a Painting on Lord Mahavira 1994
Award for Excellence by Institute of Visual Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata for Proficiency in Indian Painting 1994
‘Mrinal Kanti Award’ by Institute of Visual Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata for Outstanding Work in Indian Painting 1993
‘Brahmi Kala Puraskar’ by Vichar Manch, Kolkata, for Proficiency in Art 1990

Group Exhibitions

A Memorabilia on Jainism’, organised by Bhagavan Mahavira 2600th Birth Anniversary Celebration Committee, Kolkata

2001
Annual Exhibition organised by Indian Society of Oriental Arts, Kolkata 1995
All India 59th Annual Exhibition Organised by the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 1994
Annual Exhibition organised by Indian Society of Oriental Arts, Kolkata 1994
Annual Exhibition organised by Indian Society of Oriental Arts, Kolkata 1993
Annual Exhibition organised by Indian Society of Oriental Arts, Kolkata 1992
Art in Aluminium, organised by Indian Aluminium Company Ltd. at Gallery Chemould, Kolkata 1992
Annual Exhibition organised by Indian Society of Oriental Arts, Kolkata 1991

Solo Exhibitions

Illustration of the ‘Quotes of Acharya Tulsi’, at Florida International University, Miami, USA

2014
Replica of the Mural Painting (56’ x 4’) on ‘Life of the Jain Acharya, Ganadhipati Tulsi’, at Florida International University, Miami, USA 2014
Replica of the Mural Painting (56’ x 4’) on ‘Life of the Jain Acharya, Ganadhipati Tulsi’, at Jaina Convention, Detroit, USA 2013
Mural Painting (56’ x 4’) on the ‘Life of the Jain Acharya, Ganadhipati Tulsi’, at Indian Museum, Kolkata 2006
‘Nirakar: Sakar’, paintings based on the 24 Jain Tirthankaras, at Birla Academy Art & Culture, Kolkata 1997
Aluminium Foil Paintings at Kolkata 1987

Commision

Painted 1000 (approx.) Jain manuscripts written by Jain monks and nuns

2000-2010

Lectures

Many splendored hues of Modern Jainism under the aegis of Acharya Tulsi’ at ‘Acharya Tulsi and the Making of Modern Jainism’ International Conference, Florida International University, USA

2014
‘Importance of Jainism and Namaskar Mahamantra’ at Terapanth Professional Forum, Kolkata 2010

Series of lectures at Bodhi Vyakhyanmala, Kolkata

‘Namaskar Mahamantra’
‘Gunasthan in Jain philosophy’
‘Why do we Celebrate Samavatsri?’
‘Karmic theory in Jainism’

2006-2007
‘Jain Mathematics and its cultural underpinnings’ at the Annual Conference of Association for Improvement of Mathematics Teaching 2006
Presented a ‘Painting Exhibition on Anekant’ at the International Seminar on Anekant: A dialogue on Human Concerns, Vadodara, Gujarat organised by Jain Vishva Bharati University 2002
‘Anekantvada through Paintings’ at National Symposium on Anekant -Theory and Practice, Gangashahar, Rajasthan organised by Jain Vishva Bharati University 2001

Teaching Experience

Jain Scholar Scheme by Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Mahila Mandal - taught Elementary Prakrit Language and Jain Karmic Theory 2011-present
Taking Contact Classes in Hindi Literature and Jainology for M.A and B.A. students of Jain Vishva Bharati University’s Distant Education Course 2000-present

Conceptualized & initiated (elementary, intermediate and advanced) courses in Jainism: history, culture, philosophy & karmic theory

2004-present

Professional Affiliations

Senate Member of Jain Vishva Bharati University, Rajasthan 2011-2014
Chief Editor of  ‘Abhyudaya’ monthly journal of Jain Shwetambar Terapanthi Mahasabha, India 2006-2012

Director of Jain Scholar Scheme of Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Mahila Mandal, India

2011- present
Convener of ‘Bhikshu Granthagar’ Library of Jain Shwetambar Terapanthi Mahasabha, Kolkata 2006-2012

Articles and Reviews

Hindustan Times, Kolkata, ‘Mural Tribute to Jain Guru August 2006
The Tribune, Chandigarh, ‘The Peaceful Liberators, again’ March 2002

The Economic Times, Kolkata, ‘Elaborate Narrative Tableaux’

August 1997
The Statesman, Kolkata, ‘More than a Pastime’ August 1997
The Asian Age, Kolkata, ‘Tirthankaras come alive on canvas’ August 1997
The Telegraph, Kolkata, ‘Laudable Endeavour’ December 1989

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