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M.A. Dhaky
1927,  Male ,  Indian ,  Retired in 2006 as a Director (Emeritus)

PROFESSOR M. A. DHAKY, currently Director (Emeritus) at the American Institute of Indian Studies (Center for Art and Archaeology), Gurgaon (Haryana), is a historian and researcher of ancient and medieval Indian art, architecture and historical archaeology as also of Sanskrit and Prakrit texts that relate to the architecture of the ancient buildings. Prof. Dhaky had served at the AIIS’ Varanasi Center from August 1966, on deputation first from the Department of Archaeology, Government of Gujarat, and next, from 1974 onwards, from the L.D. Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad, where till 1987 he was posted as the Research Professor of Indian Art and Architecture.
Among his publications are the short and long monographs and papers, chapters to the volumes of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, and many research articles in English, Gujarati, and in Hindi. Besides archaeological and art historical themes, he also writes on the history and chronology of ancient and medieval Jaina literature (including the dgamas, their commentaries, and ancient and medieval hymns) as well as has determined the dates of the famous authors of Nirgrantha-darsana/ Jainism. Moreover, he has published articles and papers involving criticism and interpretation of art, architecture, as also musicology, horticulture, and gemology. Altogether, these writings number over 310. He also has participated in several national and international seminars and delivered lectures in a few prestigious lecture series.

Silver medal, Kumar, Ahmedabad 1974; Campbell Memorial Gold Medal, Asiatic Society of Bombay, Mumbai 1994; Gold Medal, Kalikala-sarvjna Sri Hemacandracarya Navam Janma-Satabdi Smrti Samskara Siksana Nidhi”, Ahmedabad 1999; R.C. Parikh Gold medal of the Gujarat Itihas Parishad, Ahmedabad 2006. Silver plaque and plates with citations: Archaeological Research Society of Porbandar, Porbandar 1974; American Institute of Indian Studies, Benares 1996; AIIS, Gurgaon 1998; Dasa Srimali Samaja of Porbandar in Bombay, Ahmedabad 2007. Cash awards: Prakrit Jnanabharati, Bangalore 1993; Jaswanta Dharmarth Trust, Delhi 1997; Hemachandracharya Navam Janma-Satabdi Smrti Samskara Siksana Nidhi, Ahmedabad 1999; Umashankar-Sneharashmi Award, Ahmedabad 2006.
Awarded Padma Bhushana by the President of India, 2010

Among his publications are the short and long monographs and papers, chapters to the volumes of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, and many research articles in English, Gujarati, and in Hindi. Besides archaeological and art historical themes, he also writes on the history and chronology of ancient and medieval Jaina literature (including the dgamas, their commentaries, and ancient and medieval hymns) as well as has determined the dates of the famous authors of Nirgrantha-darsana/ Jainism. Moreover, he has published articles and papers involving criticism and interpretation of art, architecture, as also musicology, horticulture, and gemology. Altogether, these writings number over 310. He also has participated in several national and international seminars and delivered lectures in a few prestigious lecture series.

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