A guru of Himalayan and Asian Art
of around 50 books, Pratapaditya Pal devoted his life on South Asian and
Himalayan Art . He has done pioneering research on Himalayan art and helped
to give this section of art a global recognition - through exhibitions,
lecture sessions. His expertise is Tibet, Nepal and India.
Pal was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Calcutta. He did his doctorate in
fine arts and history from University of Calcutta. He completed PhD with
special focus on Nepal under the guidance of historian Nihar Ranjan Roy. In
1962 he received Commonwealth Scholarship of Cambridge and got his second
PhD. In 1967 he moved to USA and took curatorial position at the world
famous Museum of Fine Arts at Boston. He joined Los Angeles County Museum
of Art in 1970. Currently he is connected to the research activities at the
Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Los Angeles and is a visiting curator of
Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
His famous books include, Dancing
to the flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art, Light