Nalini Rao, PhD

Nalini Rao, Chair of the Taksha Institute Center for History and Architecture (TICHA), has a PhD in Art History from UCLA and a PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Mysore, India. She is an Associate Professor of World Art at Soka University of America, in California (US). Dr. Rao’s specialization includes South and Southeast Asian Art, Ancient and Medieval Indian Art and Religion, and Ancient Indian History and Archaeology. She is also the Chair of the Dr. S. R. Rao Memorial Foundation for Indian Archaeology, Art and Culture, a non-profit organization in Bengaluru India (
Dr. Rao has curated Indian and S.E.Asian Art exhibitions, and published many articles and books, including “Boundaries and Transformations” (a Catalogue of Indian and S. E. Asian Art in the Amarillo Museum), “Sangama: Confluence of Art and Culture during the Vijayanagara Period,” and “Contours of Modernity, Royal Imagery and Networks of Power at Vijayanagara: A Study of Kingship in South India,” and “Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization: New Perspectives.”

Dr. S. R. Rao Memorial Foundation International Conference on the Growth and Development of Indian Culture: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Bengaluru, India
June 29 – July 1, 2018
On June 29 – July 1, 2018, the Memorial Foundation will host this international forum at the Raman Research Institute, in Bengaluru, India. The Conference is sponsored by the Dr. S. R. Rao Memorial Foundation; the IGNCA; the National Museum, New Delhi Archaeological Survey of India (ASI); and the ICHR. Activities during the event will include archaeological tours to historical sites, a book and art exhibition, cultural programs, and the publication of papers. For more information, see the website at
To make a donation in support of this conference, please send your check with a notation “For Rao Conference 2018” to the following address:
Taksha Institute (TI)
Attn: Rao Conference
21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 150
Hampton, VA 23666 USA