Dr. Devangana Desai Endowment Programme was instituted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in 2017 by eminent art historian of ancient and medieval Indian art; Dr. Devangana Desai. This endowment aims at the propagation of research and dissemination of study of ancient, medieval and pre modern (until 1900s) art, archaeology, architecture, culture and history of India. There are three activities slated under this Programme-
- The Annual Dr. Devangana Desai Endowment Lecture in Indian Art, Architecture, Archaeology, History and Culture (pre-modern)
- The Dr. Devangana Desai Endowment Scholarships for Junior and Senior Scholars for critical study of Indian Art, Architecture, Archaeology, History and Culture (Pre-Modern up to 19th century)
- The Dr. Devangana Desai Endowment Art History Class –3-day Art History Classes on Art, Indology and Culture to be held in the Museum, once in two years
About Dr. Devangana Desai
An eminent art historian on ancient and medieval Indian art, Dr. Devangana Desai has several publications on the religious imagery and iconography. Dr. Desai is a member of the Board of Trustees of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai, and a Trustee of Sarabhai Foundation (Calico Museum), Ahmedabad. She was Vice-President of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai until recently, and Hon. Editor, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, from 1992 to 2009. She was Consultant on a Project on the Museum Images of Khajuraho, Franco-Indian Research, Mumbai. She served as Chairperson of the Museum Society of Bombay for nine years from 1983 to 1992. She was recently awarded the Hirayama Prize 2015 of Institut de France, Paris, for “the totality of researches in the field of Indian Art”. The Asiatic Society of Mumbai conferred upon her the Honorary Fellowship in November, 2017.
Dr. Desai has also sponsored the reorganisation of the Indian Sculpture Gallery at the CSMVS dedicating it to the memory of her late husband Mr. Jayant V. Desai. In 2016, she gave the CSMVS an endowment to aid research and dissemination of study of ancient, medieval and pre modern (until 1900s) art, architecture, culture and history of India.