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Dear colleagues,

Earlier this month, a group of scholars assembled at the EFEO Center in Pondicherry for a conference on the theme "From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal". The conference program is appended below. We intend to publish the papers before too long.

The conference was the conclusion to a two-year collaborative research project in Buddhist Studies made possible by a grant from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation administered by the American Council of Learned Societies. A first article on the Indian side of the project has just appeared in BEFEO 102; an article on the Burmese side of the project has been submitted for publication in the same journal.

The main published outcome of the project, however, takes the form of two websites, which I am happy to make public today:

- Early Inscriptions of Āndhradeśa: <>

- Corpus of Pyu Inscriptions: <>

The first at this time presents only 173 out of the total of more than 700 inscriptions of the early historic and early medieval Āndhra region that will be included once the database is complete, which should take us a few more years. The second already now presents the vast majority of the known inscriptions of the Pyu civilization of first-millennium Burma.

We are still in the process of adding images and proofreading, and we're also facing some technical growing pains, i.a. with the search function, but I expect these to be progressively ironed out over the coming months. All comments and corrections are welcome at my address <arlo.griffiths at>.

Arlo Griffiths (via Christian Lammerts)



From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra?

The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal

conference at EFEO/Pondicherry 31 July through 4 August 2017


(final version, 31 July 2017)

Monday 31 July

19:00 Reception at EFEO and inauguration of its new annex building 

Tuesday 1 August

09:15-09:30 Dominic Goodall (head of the EFEO Centre), Word of welcome 
09:30-10:00 Arlo Griffiths, Opening remarks and presentation of websites

10:00-11:00 Win Kyaing, Recent Archaeological Research at Śrīkṣetra 
11:00-11:30 coffee/tea break

11:30-12:30 Upinder Singh, Early historic Nagarjunakonda: A ‘Buddhist site’ in Indian and Asian contexts 
12:30-14:00 lunch break

14:00-15:00 Nathan Hill, Recent advances in the study of Pyu epigraphy and Pyu language
15:00-16:00 John Guy, Cultural Traffic in Early Buddhism: The Khin Ba Reliquary and its Stylistic Links Across the Bay of Bengal
16:00-16:30 coffee/tea break

16:30-17:30 Monika Zin, Stūpa shapes from Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra
17:30-18:00 Osmund Bopearachchi (in absentia), Amarāvatī-Nāgārjunakoṇḍa, Sri Lanka and Burma: Texts and iconographies in a cross-fertilized context

Wednesday 2 August

09:00-10:00 Akira Shimada, Formation of Early Nagarjunakonda Style: Sculptures from Sites 6 and 9 
09:00-10:00 Shailendra Bhandare, The numismatic landscape of the Andhra region, c. 200-400 CE
11:00-11:30 coffee/tea break

11:30-12:30 Valérie Gillet, From Skanda to Murukaṉ: the descent of a god 
12:30-14:00 lunch break

14:00-15:00 Oskar von Hinüber, The Adhālaka-Mahācetiya as a Political Monument 
15:00-16:00 K. Munirathnam, Recent discoveries of Sātavāhana inscriptions in Andhra
16:00-16:30 coffee/tea break

16:30-17:30 Andrew Ollett & Arlo Griffiths, Early Historic Memorial Stones from the Bhima-Krishna River Basin
17:30-18:30 Ingo Strauch, Inscribed pots and potsherds from Āndhradeśa 

Thursday 3 August

09:00-10:00 Arlo Griffiths & Christian Lammerts, Pali inscriptions from Early Burma 
10:00-11:00 Marc Miyake & Julian Wheatley, Molded tablets with Pyu inscriptions
11:00-11:30 coffee/tea break

11:30-12:30 Alexei Kirichenko, Burmese sources about the Pyu period 
12:30-14:00 lunch break

14:00-15:00 Bob Hudson, Shrines, Stūpas and Urns: The archaeology of funerary practices at Pyu sites 
15:00-16:00 Max Deeg, Chinese reports about Buddhism in early Andhra and early Myanmar
16:00-16:30 coffee/tea break

16:30-17:30 Peter Skilling, Ānanda Ācariya and Kalasapura 

Friday 4 August

09:00-10:00 Mekhola Gomes, The Ikṣvāku Dynasty, Buddhist Inscriptions, and Articulations of Power at Nagarjunakonda
10:00-11:00 Vincent Tournier, Buddhist nikāyas in early Āndhradeśa and beyond 
11:00-11:30 coffee/tea break

11:30-12:30 Stefan Baums, Donors and Their Relatives in the Ikṣvāku Inscriptions: Survey and Analysis of the Formulary
12:30-14:00 lunch break

14:00-15:00 Christine Chojnacki, The place of Jainism in early Āndhradeśa
15:00-16:00 Emmanuel Francis, The Inscriptions of the Śālaṅkāyanas (ca 300-450 CE)

18:30-20:30 Concert by Veena vidvan Chitraveena Ravikiran