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Masatoshi A. Konishi
1938,  Male ,  Japanese ,  Prof. Emeritus, Rikkyo University, Tokyo

KONISHI Masatoshi, born in 1938 in Akita Prefecture, Japan is Ex-fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Professor Emeritus, Rikkyo University, Tokyo. Konishi studied in Graduate Schools of University of Calcutta (MA in Archaeology) and University of Tokyo (Ph.D course in South Asian Cultural Anthropology and Cultural History) and has conducted extensive fieldworks in archaeology and anthropology in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. Konishi’s major publications include: Afghanistan (1968); Arts and Crafts of India (1977); Indus Civilization: Fountainhead of the Civilization of India (1980); Diverse World of India (1981); Aspects of the Indian Folk Culture (1986); History and Culture of Bengal (1986); Cultural History of Roads in India (1995); Primordial World of India: Life, Beliefs and Art (1995); Folk Performances of India (2002); and many other edited works.


Councilor, Ancient Orient Museum, Tokyo
Ex-Councilor, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre, Tokyo
Founder-Member/Ex-Chairman, Indian Archaeological Society, Tokyo
Member, Japanese Association for South Asian Studies
Member, Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
Member, The Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan

1. ‘Recent Trends of Indian Archaeological Studies in Japan’. Man and Environment III, Ahmedabad (l978).
2. ‘Paper-making Traditions in South Asia: with Special Reference to the Assamese Technology’, as Chapter 13 in T.C. Sharma & D.N. Majumdar (eds), Eastern Himalayas. New Delhi: Cosmo (1980).
3. ‘Masks and Masked Performing Arts in South Asia: with Special Reference to Chhau of East India’, in Koizumi et al. (eds.), Dance and Music in South Asian Drama. Tokyo: Japan Foundation. (l983).
4. ‘“Pre” or “Early” Harappan Culture: a Conceptual Battle’, in B.B. Lai. & S.P. Gupta (eds.), Frontiers of the Indus Civilization: Sir Mortimer Wheeler Commemoration Volume. New Delhi: Indian Archaeological Society (1984).
5. ‘Early Stages of Paper-making in India and Nepal’. Journal of Intercultural Studies 10. Kyoto KUFS Publications. (1984).
6. ‘International Seminar-Workshop on Chhau Dance Traditions 1983-84’. Asian Folklore Studies 44-1 (1985).
7. ‘Notes on the Harappan Boat during the 3rd – 2nd Millennia BC, in Satyavrat Shastri (ed.), Manjusha: Recent Researches in Archaeology. Bangalore: Gyanjyoti Kalamandir (1985).
8. ‘Symbological Significance of Alpana Painting of the Maghmandala Vrata Rite in Bengal, in Kirti Trivedi (ed), Indian Symbology, Bombay: IDC-IIT. (1987).
9. ‘Writing Materials during the Harappan Period’, as Chapter 17 in B.M. Pande & B.D. Chattopadhyay (eds.), Archaeology and History: Essays in Memory of Sri A. Ghosh, I. New Delhi: Agamakala Prakashan. (l987).
10. ‘A Sketch on the Tribal Masks in India’, in KusmanjaJi: New Interpretations of Indian Art and Culture II. (C. Sivaramamurti Commemoration Volume), New Delhi: Agamakala Prakashan. (l987).
11. ‘Archaeological Researches in the Gulf — a Preliminary Report of the Excavations in Bahrain and Qatar’ (co-author). Orient 24. Tokyo (1989).
12. ‘Multani Kaghaz — Lesser Known Aspect of Multan as a Paper-making Centre. Lahore Museum Bulletin 2. (1990).
13. ‘Old Paper Used for the Asutosh Museum Manuscript of Pancaraksa — Its Significance in the History of Nepalese Paper making’. Journal of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies 2. (1990).
14. Masks and Performing Arts: India and Japan’. Indian Museum Bulletin 29. (1994).
15. ‘Another Aspect for the Conservation of Mohenjodaro: Development of the Site as a Regional Culture Centre’. Indo-koko Kenkyu – Indian Archaeological Studies 17. (1996).
16. ‘Legendary Spring and Stepped Wells of 2000BC, Bahrain, from the Excavations at ‘Ain Umm es-Sujur’. Lahore Museum Bulletin 9. (1997).
17. ‘Traditions and Transformations of Hand-made Paper Technology in South Asia and the Rural Development’, in PO-SAA 2001, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Paper Mulberry and Handmade Paper for Rural Development. Bangkok. (2001)
[+ Nearly eighty essays have been written in Japanese and published in academic Japanese and International Journals].

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