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June 22, 2011

Shastri Honour Roll Recipient 2011

Having begun his own scholarly training with the assistance of a Shastri grant and an MA from the University of Calcutta, Dr. Stephen Inglis has served the Institute for more than 30 years in various and numerous roles:

Member Institution representative, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Secretary, Executive Council
Chair, India Studies Committee
Co-chair, Committee on Restructuring of Shastri as a bi-national Institute
Chair, 40th Anniversary Celebrations Committee

In this last role alone, Dr. Inglis presented 40th anniversary lectures in Canada and India, including one he contributed as an article for Dr. Narang’s volume of 40th Anniversary papers, another presented at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2008, and the keynote address at the 40th anniversary celebration and opening of the South Asian Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He also co-organized a gala 40th anniversary celebration at the Canadian Museum of Civilization that featured an address by Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi and a dance performance by Rama Vaidyanathan.

Dr. Stephen Inglis has also facilitated the training research of students and colleagues, whether through his service as the leader of student group programs in India, by helping a fellow scholar to make connections or entertain new questions, or through collaborative development of major initiatives, such as his work of the past few years with Katherine Hacker on an India and Canadian Indigenous people’s Art exhibit, his efforts to help bring a “Festival of India” (i.e., Year of India in Canada) here in 2011, or his work as an adjunct professor of Art History at Carleton University.

Throughout his career, Dr. Inglis has worked to bring his expertise and love of Indian culture and art to the people of Canada and to audiences around the world. Although he resigned his position on the Shastri Institute’s Canadian Member Council in 2009, and in 2010 was appointed Executive Director of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, he continues work that serves the mission of the Shastri Institute. As curator emeritus at the Canadian Museum of civilization, he was co-curator for the exhibition, “Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts,” held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (November 2010-April 2011). As well, he continues to offer lectures on Indian arts and culture both in Canada and in India.

Thus his entire career has enacted Shastri’s mission to foster academic and cultural exchange between India and Canada. In this connection, it is noteworthy that, in 2008, Dr. Inglis received the Canadian Museums Association’s Award of Distinguished Service, which recognizes his lifetime contribution to Canadian Museums. The press release describing this honor cites Dr. Inglis’s roles as Director General of Research and Collections and as Senior Curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, his role as adjunct Professor of Art History at Carleton University, his 30+ years of service to the Shastri Institute, and his lectures on crafts, South Asian culture, and museology to audiences around the world.

For his extensive service to and on behalf of the Shastri Institute and its goals it is Shastri’s pleasure to name Dr. Stephen Inglis the 2011 Shastri Honor Roll Award Recipient

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