Nachiket Chanchani’s interests span many mediums, regions, and time-periods. Currently, he is researching and writing about three aspects of South Asian and Himalayan art, architecture, and visual culture. These are as follows: (1) investigating the expansion of sacred geographies, the movements of builders, and the creation of a mosaic of polities in the Central Himalayas and assessing how these activities intersected with stone temple construction and the development of sculptural form between the seventh to twelfth centuries CE (2) theorizing strategies to account for the production, dissemination, and performance of the linguistically hybrid and profusely painted scrolls and manuscripts of pre-Mughal western India and (3) tracing the shadow of traditional Indian art, modern collections, and the scholarship on them, on the creative works of avant-garde Euro-American artists.
Nachiket has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington DC, and a Nehru Trust fellowship at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has also been involved with curatorial projects at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He regularly presents papers at symposia in the United States, Europe, and India.
Nachiket’s forthcoming articles include “The Jageshwar Valley: Where Death is Conquered” to be published in Archives of Asian Art (2013) and “From Asoda to Almora, The Roads Less Taken: Maru-Gurjara Architecture in the Central Himalayas” to be published in Arts Asiatiques (2014).
Recently published articles include “The Camera Work of Ananda Coomaraswamy and Alfred Stieglitz” in History of Photography (2013), “Telling Tales: The Freer Vasanta Vilasa” in Artibus Asiae (2012), and “Some Reflections on Art Writing and Translation in Colonial India,” in Art in Translation 2.2 (2010).
Published translations include (from Sanskrit and Gujarati, with Deven M. Patel) M.A. Dhaky and P.O. Sompura, “A Temple for Ascending to Heaven,” Art in Translation 2.1 (2010) and (from Gujarati, with Babu Suthar) “The Art of Gujarat Patronized by the Jains and its History,” Art in Translation 2.3 (2010).