Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU School of the Arts

Dina Bangdel

Associate Professor & Director, Art History Program at VCU in Qatar

Dina Bangdel received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1999. Her primary areas of specialization are South Asian/Indian art and Himalayan art, with secondary areas of interests relating to the issues of gender and identity in South Asian contemporary art and film. Her current research focuses on the art and ritual traditions of Newar Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and the development of Tantric Buddhist iconography of the Himalayan regions, principally Nepal and Tibet. She also served as co-curator in the recent exhibition on Tantric Buddhist art, Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum of Art in 2004. At VCU, Dr Bangdel teaches courses on the art and architecture of South Asia, arts of Tibet and Nepal, contemporary arts of South Asia, and South Asian film.

Selected Publications:

Editor, Sculpture of King Jayavarma and the Varma Dynasty of Nepal. (in Nepali). Kathmandu, Nepal: Mandala Publication, 2005.

Against the Current: Life of Lain Bangdel, Painter, Writer, and Art Historian of Nepal, with Don Messerschmidt. Bangkok: Orchid Press. 2004.

Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art. with John. C. Huntington. Columbus and Chicago: Columbus Museum of Art and Serindia Publications, 2003. Finalist. 2005 Alfred Barr Jr. Award. College Art Association.

“Art in the Ritual Context: The Chakrasamvara Tradition in Newar Buddhism,” Orientations, Vol. 34 – Number 8 – October 2003

“Goddess at the Periphery, Goddess at the Center: Goddess Jnanadakini in Nepal”, Orientations, Vol 33, Number 10, December 2002.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Buddhist Arts of Asia
  • Art of India: Bollywood Film as Visual Culture
  • Arts of Nepal, Arts of Tibet
  • Visual Cultures of India
  • Arts of Japan
  • Arts of Himalayas: Nepal and Tibet

Graduate Courses:

  • Gender and Identity in South Asian Film
  • The Goddess in South Asian Art
  • Issues in Contemporary South Asian Art
  • Hindu Art and Iconography
  • Imagining Shangrila: Tibetan Art and Historiography
  • Pilgrimage, Ritual and Art in South Asia


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