Since the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds was first launched in 2012, we’ve worked to make it more interactive and more engaging to give you an improved experience on your every visit.
We present to you a faster and a sleeker CA&A section of the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds. We’ve streamlined our content to give you an enhanced experience with a more user-friendly and responsive interface. So accessing our collection is easier and faster.
We’ve categorized our collections in a definitive and convenient manner that now gives you a more immersed experience. For instance, our ‘Monuments’ collection is neatly categorized into ‘Architectural Drawings’, ‘Photography’, ‘Special Collections’, and ‘View on Benaras’, and our ‘Museums’ collection now features ‘Partner in VMIS’, ‘Special Gallery’ and ‘Additional Museums’. So now you can simply stay on one section and switch between collections.
Building stepped-wells especially in arid regions was a common practice in the Indian subcontinent. Made available now on the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds (VMIS) under CAA/Collections/Monuments/Photography, the photographs of stepped-wells and tanks were created by the CA&A's documentation team over a period of 50 plus years while documenting temples and other building complexes at historical sites for its various projects. A travelling exhibition on stepped wells and reservoirs was also mounted recently making use of the archival photographs from this collection, which is currently travelling in Gujarat. Related drawings, publications and 360 walkthrough of the iconic stepped well Ranki Vav (Queen's Stepped Well), Patan, Gujarat by the CA&A are also available on the VMIS.
This exhibition of photographs introduces the temple architecture, sculpture and bronzes created during the rule of the Chola dynasty in South India, from the late 9th to the late 11th century, a period of about two hundred years.
The AIIS Center for Art & Archaeology (CA&A) is an international leader in the documentation of Indic art and architecture. This section consists of photographs of monuments documented by the CA&A staff since 1966. The photographs are grouped here in alphabetical order in accordance with the site name.
Padmabhushan Professor Madhusudan Amilal Dhaky, internationally renowned historian of temple art and architecture, was Director Emeritus, Center for Art and Archaeology, the American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurugram. Dhaky was born on 31st July 1927 in Porbandar, Gujarat. He graduated in science but his interest lied in Indology. He changed his profession frequently after graduation, from banking to agriculture, but finally settled in the field of archaeology after joining the Gujarat Directorate of Archaeology and Museums as Director. Throughout, while in various professions, exploring and documenting temple architecture was his favourite pursuit. His image archives were formed between 1950-1966, before and during his tenure with the archaeology department. He joined American Academy of Benares (AAB) in 1966 which was later renamed as the Center for Art and Archaeology and merged with the American Institute of Indian Studies. Some of his negatives are marked with the year 1972, which indicates he continued photography for a while even during his service with the AIIS when a documentation team was at his disposal. While working with the AIIS he guided documentation and research, formulated and initiated the monumental project, Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture, fourteen volumes of which are published by the AIIS. The largest section of the AIIS, CA&A Photo-archives documenting monuments and museum objects was created under the direction of M.A. Dhaky. The world of Indian art history lost one of its greatest scholars with the passing away of Dhaky on 29th July 2016. He had gifted all his images to the CA&A during his lifetime and Snehal Shah, architect who is the caretaker of Dhaky’s belongings, shared his negatives with the Center after his demise.
Ashwin Jain is an engineer by training. He started photography as a hobby that has now become a passion. His profession often takes him to places never traveled or touched by masses. The photographs of historical sites by Ashwin are results of his explorations of such sites in his free time and also his interest in recording marvels of Indian art. The photographs of 'Udayagiri-Khandagiri caves' in Odisha are also drawn from his image collection of historical sites from India. His earlier documentation already posted on the website of Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds (VMIS) includes monuments in Konark and Kiradu. Check out the link http://vmis.in/ArchiveCategories/collection_by_category/227 to view image collection of Ashwin Jain on VMIS.
Ashwin Jain is an engineer by training. He started photography as a hobby that has now become a passion. His profession often takes him to places never traveled or touched by masses. The photographs of 'Temples in Kiradu' located in Barmer district of Rajasthan are drawn from his recently created image collection of historical sites of Rajasthan. His earlier documentation includes monuments in Konark which he has already shared with the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds. The photographs of historical sites by Ashwin are results of his explorations of such sites in his free time and also his interest in recording marvels of Indian art.
The Indian Baroque architecture style emerged in wake of colonial presence in the subcontinent, due to interactions between Neo-Roman style European architecture and Indian styles. The study and documentation of Baroque Architecture of India was undertaken by Professor Jose Pereira during 1967-1969 for the American Academy of Benares, now the Center for Art and Archaeology of American Institute of Indian Studies. He visited areas in India where the Neo-Roman monuments are found accompanied by the Academy’s photographer Dharampal Nanda. The project covered Neo-Roman or Baroque Architecture of Goa, Daman, Diu, Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu. The photographs are preserved in Photo-archives of the Center for Art and Archaeology, Gurgaon.
Collaboration Agreement between The University of Michigan History of Art Visual Resources Collections (VRC), the Center for Art and Archaeology (CA&A) of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), and the American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) The University of Michigan History of Art Visual Resources Collections (VRC; http://www.lsa.umich.edu/histartvrc/), the Center for Art and Archaeology (CA&A) of the American Institute of Indian Studies in Gurgaon, India (AIIS; http://www.indiastudies.org/), and the American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA; http://acsaa.us/) are pleased to announce that, per a collaboration agreement reached in February 2014, over 12,000 low-resolution images (suitable for PowerPoint presentations), known collectively as the ACSAA Digital Images, are now newly available for free direct downloading for non-commercial, educational and scholarly purposes through the Virtual Museum of Images and Sounds (VMIS; http://www.vmis.in/). Funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the virtual museum was recently created by using the image and sound archives of the CA&A, and the Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology (ARCE) – the two centers of the AIIS. The ACSAA Digital Images were first distributed under the aegis of the ACSAA Color Slide Project, a non-profit initiative administered through the former Asian Art Archives of The University of Michigan that from 1974 through 2006 provided high quality original and duplicate 35 mm color slides of the art and architecture of India and greater South Asia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and the Himalayan regions to individuals and institutions for teaching and research purposes around the world. Based on an idea of University of Michigan Professor and then ACSAA President, Dr. Walter Spink, who served as the Project Director, the ACSAA Color Slide Project was created as the premier image resource to facilitate the study and teaching of the rich artistic heritage of Southern Asia. With these new iterations of the ACSAA images, the original project’s educational intentions have not only been maintained, but have now been expanded to make the images available on an even wider scale and without fee. The User simply needs to register (free of charge) on the VMIS website before the images can be downloaded (free of charge). The Visual Resources Collections maintains nearly 500,000 images of art. The collection’s roots are more than 90 years old and developed as a teaching collection to support faculty and students. As The University of Michigan’s Department of the History of Art evolved and became a center for scholarship, so did the VRC collection become an international resource. The Center for Art and Archaeology, established in 1965, is an international leader in the documentation of Indic art and architecture. The CA&A welcomes scholars and students to its renowned Archive and Library. The CA&A Archive documents and maintains images and architectural plans for more than 7,000 monuments and ancient buildings. These resources have been primarily created by CA&A professional staff and include some contributed by research scholars. In addition, the Archive houses surveys of 350 museum collections in India, the results of documentation projects, some also commissioned and funded by the Government of India and carried out by CA&A staff. In total, the CA&A houses more than 200,000 images of Indic art and architecture. The CA&A also maintains a Library that stands among the finest collections on Indian art history in the subcontinent. This open-stack facility houses 75,000 books, journals, and maps. The American Council for Southern Asian Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study and awareness of the art of South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues these goals through various projects, including its annual bulletin, bibliographies, and the distribution of assorted visual and research materials. Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association of Asian Studies (AAS). In addition to perpetuating the original educational mission of the ACSAA Color Slide Project, publishing the ACSAA Digital Images on the CA&A VMIS website bring the images "full circle" in an historical sense because the CA&A was initially founded in 1965 by ACSAA as the American Academy of Benares, which was subsequently merged with the American Institute of Indian Studies. Thus, the CA&A’s VMIS website is a fitting repository of the ACSAA Digital Images, and enables the images to be available to the people of India and beyond in a manner entirely consistent with the original ACSAA Color Slide Project. The CA&A and AIIS are not responsible for supplying high-resolution images suitable for publication through the VMIS website. For publication-quality images, interested parties are required to contact the VRC directly at email@example.com. The VRC represents and warrants that, to the best of its knowledge, granting the right to display the ACSAA Digital Images in the stipulated manner is consistent with the Fair-Use Statue of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 (Section 107) and does not violate any known third-party rights. Should any photographer or institution who holds rights to a photograph take issue with its publication on the VMIS website, upon notification to firstname.lastname@example.org, the image(s) in question will be immediately removed. The Museums and Monuments covered in the ACSAA Digital Images are available in the ‘Collections’ of the ‘Center for Art and Archaeology’ at http://vmis.in
We have also modified our ‘Resources’ which now gives you a bigger and better view of the sections on ‘News’, ‘Thematic bibliographies’, ‘Digital Publication’ and ‘Glossary’.
Our gallery has just got better with description of the photos right below them, and you can click and enlarge the pictures. Now you can also view all photos in one section featured in a horizontal scroll at the bottom of the enlarged image.
We hope you enjoy our new look!