Dr. Kishor Kumar Basa
Name : Kishor Kumar Basa
Designation : Professor
Qualification : M.A. (Delhi), Ph. D.(London),PDF (Cambridge)
Phone No. : 8895615636
E-mail ID : kishorkbasa58(at)gmail(dot)com
.In M. A. /M.Sc. Level:
- Archaeological Anthropology (ANTH -C-3),
- General Practical: Prehistoric Archaeology and Museology (ANTH -C-10),
- Principles and Methods in Prehistoric Archaeology (ANTH-CE-C1),
- Prehistoric Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology of Africa and Europe (ANTH-CE-C2),
- Field Techniques and Methods in Prehistoric Archaeology (ANTH-CE-C3),
- Archaeology of Odisha (ANTH-AE-1C),
- Prehistory and Protohistory of Eastern India and South-East Asia (ANTH-CE-C4,
- Advanced Practical in Prehistoric Archaeology (ANTH-CE-C5),
- Fieldwork and Dissertation (ANTH-CE-C6).
- Archaeology for Anthropology (in the Deptt of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology)
- Special papers (under Group- ‘C’: Archaeological and Palaeocultural Anthropology - Specialization):
- Methods and Issues in Archaeological Anthropology (Paper 102, Gr.-C),
- Practical: Archaeological Surveying and Analysis of Antiquity (Paper 201, Gr.-C),
- Fieldwork and Dissertation (Paper 202, Gr.-C)
- Archaeological Anthropology
Special papers (under Group- ‘C’: Archaeological and Palaeocultural Anthropology - Specialization):
In M. Phil. Level:
In Ph. D. Level
Ph.D. Awarded (8 Scholars)
- Maithili Mohapatra
- Basanta Kumar Mohanta
- Milan Kumar Chauley
- Susanta Kumar Kar
- Kaushik Gangopadhyay
- Manas Kumar Das
- Ramakanta Mahananda
- Rajendra Kumar Dehuri
Archaeology and Ethnography
Archaeology of Orissa (2 Vols.). Edited by K. K. Basa & P. Mohanty, (Delhi, 2000)
(i) Teaching: I was teaching Archaeology in the Post-Graduate, Department of Anthropology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar from January, 1980 to June, 2004.
- D. from the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) University of London (1991) on the theme 'Early Westerly Trade of Southeast Asian with special reference to Glass Beads'.
- Commonwealth Post Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge (1999-2000) on the theme 'Social Theory and Indian Archaeology'.
- Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme, Paris (1997) on the theme 'Indian Writings on Early History and Archaeology of South East Asia'.
- Visiting Associate of U.G.C. (1994-1996) at the Deccan College, Pune on the topic 'Tribal Mortuary Practices of Orissa: An Ethno-archaeological Study'.
- Three students have been awarded Ph.D. under my academic supervision and seven students have registered for Ph.D.
- I have participated in the Archaeological Survey work conducted by our Department in various parts of Orissa for about 18 years and have supervised M. Phil and M.A. students in their dissertation work.
Papers Presented at International Conferences:
- South Asian Archaeology Conference, 1988 at Paris.
- South Asian Archaeology Conference, 1989 at Paris.
- South Asian Archaeology Conference, 1990 at Brussels.
- Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 1990 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. e. South Asian Archaeology Conference, 1991 at Berlin
- World Archaeology Congress, 1994 at Delhi.
- International Conference on Rethinking Orissa: History, Culture and Society, 1996 at Bhubaneswar.
- International Rock Art Congress, 2004, at Agra.
(vi) Organization of Exhibition Workshop and Conference:
(a) Played a key role in Organizing Mayur-1998, a workshop cum exhibition on 'Indigenous Cultures of Orissa' at Baripada (the headquarter of the tribal dominated district of Mayurbhanj) in collabor~tion with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal.
(b) Helped in the organizing of a Demonstration-cum-workshop 00 Dance traditions of Orissa at SCS College, Puri and a Workshop on Linguistic variations in Orissa at Banki College, Banki (Orissa) during 2000-2001 as part of the Campus Diversity Initiative Project of the Ford Foundation.
(c) Acted as a liaison person and organizer from the Utkal University side to organise an Inter State Exhibition on 'Krishna: The God of the People' by the Indian Museum, Kolkata in Sept., 2001.
(d) During my Headship in the Department of Anthropology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar (2001-2003), two conferences were organized by the Department (i) The first was an International Conference on Mahima Dharma held in February, 2002 and the Second was on Tribal Health and Nutrition held in March, 2003.
(e) Three National seminars were organized at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal during 2004-05, titled 'Indian Diaspora and Museum', 'Multiple Heritage: Role of Specialised Museums in India' and 'Megalithic Traditions in Ethnography and Archaeology in India'.
(vii) Exposure to Museums:
(a) I had been associated with the Collection and Documentation of Archaeological Specimen, for the archaeological section of the Museum of the Department of Anthropology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar since 1980.
(b) I was the Head of the Archaeological Section of the Museum of the Deptt. of Anthropology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar from 1998 to 2004. .
(c) During my research, I had worked on Glass bead collection in various Museums of the World such as British Museum, Cambridge University Museum, National Museum of Thailand at Bangkok, national Museum of Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur, Indian Museum, Kolkata, Pondicherry museum, Deccan College Museum, Pune, Bharat Kala Bhavan, Varanasi, State Museum at Behela, Kolkata.
- Moreover, I had visited and interacted with the personnel of various museums in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Florence, Dhaka and Jakarta in relation to documentation, display and research.
- I had edited a monograph on 'Understanding Heritage: Role of Museums'. .
- I delivered an invited lecture in the Anthropological and Behavioral Sciences Section of the Indian Science Congress at Hyderabad in Jan., 2006 on the theme 'Museums in the Changing World'.
(viii) Major activities of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya during my tenure as Director (June 2004-June, 2006):
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal is the biggest Anthropological museum in India and one of the biggest in Asia. Open air exhibitions are an integral part of this museum which includes Tribal Habitat, Coastal Village, Desert Village, Mythological Trail, Sacred Groves, implying a linkage between ecological diversity and cultural heritage of India. We are one of the few museums in the world which has rock shelters with prehistoric paintings within our campus. Besides, we have an indoor museum (Veeth; Sankul) with six galleries exhibiting various folk and tribal cultures of India. We conduct activities throughout the country by documenting various aspects of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, sending travelling exhibitions, organizing workshops and seminars with the participation of different communities.
Thus, the idea is to bring the museum closer to community by emphasizing that it is people who are the real curators of our cultural heritage and the role of a museum is to act as a facilitator in such process. Assuming the cultural diversity of India as a point of strength, attempt is being made to use culture as an input in development as well as a means of fostering national integration. Keeping these objectives in view, several initiatives have been taken during my Directorship, some of which are mentioned below:
(ix) Inauguration of the Indoor Museum Building
During my tenure, the Indoor Museum building (Veethi Sankul) of about 10000 sq. mt. was opened to the public on 22nd March, 2005 with six galleries on the themes of Human Evolution and variation, Human Odyssey etc.. emphasizing various aspects of folk and tribal culture such as settlement, subsistence, arts, crafts, rituals and festivals etc.
(x) Travelling Exhibitions
Two travelling exhibitions were prepared during my tenure so far - Rock Art of India and Anugunj (an exhibition on myths of origin of communities). Besides these two, another exhibition Sacred Groves of India has been travelling in various parts of the country emphasizing the traditional modes of conservation of bio-diversity.
Photographic and Videographic documentations have been made with regard to festivals and various arts and crafts in different parts of India, for example, Dhanu Yatra of Orissa, tribal music from Chhattisgarh, Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali at Sharavanbelgola (Karnataka) etc.
(xii) Balrang (First National Festival of School Children)
For the first time by any museum in India, a National Festival of School Children was organized by our Museum on 12th-13th Jan., 2006 museum in collaboration with Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, where one school each from 14 states participated in folk dance competition. About 5000 children were present during this programme and about 15,000 visitors visited the museum in those two days. Moreover, about 20 local schools of Bhopal displayed exhibitions emphasizing various regional cultures of India. During this mega event, exhibition by the Traffic Police, adolescent education programme as well as programme by the physically challenged children have been organized organized in collaboration with Govt. of M.P. Moreover, a stamp on Pongal was released by the Chief Post Master General, M.P. Circle, Bhopal.
(xii) Introduction of an Annual Journal
The first volume of Annual Journal Humankind was started from the year 2005, with papers on museology, anthropology and archaeology.
(xiii) Training programme
Training programme has been started from 2005 onwards as an annual event to train museum personnel from various parts of the country on Museum and Heritage Management, in collaboration with National Museum, New Delhi.
(xiv) Annual IGRMS Lecture
An Annual lGRMS Lecture has been initiated since 2005. The first such lecture was delivered by Dr. (Mrs.) Kapila Vatsyayan on the topic "Comprehending India on and through its own terms".
(xv) National Seminar and workshop
For the first time by any museum in India, a National Workshop was organized on Indian Diaspora and Museum. Besides, two other National Seminars were organized i.e. Specialized Museums in India, Megalithic Traditions in Ethnography and Archaeology of India. Moreover, seminars have been organized to document the Intangible Cultural Heritage of India of various states such as Manipur, Assam, Karnataka keeping in view the emphasis put by UNESCO and Govt. of India in this regard.
(xvi) International Rock Art Congress:
The IGRMS was one of the collaborators in organizing t~e International Rock Art Congress in Agra in November, 2004.
A new series on Intangible Cultural Heritage of India has been initiated, myself being the General Editor. Two volumes in this series have already been published (1) B.K. Tripathy- Tribal Myths and Legends of Orissa; (2) K.K. Misra-Indigenous Knowledge, Natural Resource Management and Development: the Konda Reddy Experience. Besides four other books on different themes have been published during my tenure.
A new publication policy has been introduced whereby books are jointly published by IGRMS and renowned publishers the latter being in charge of marketing.
(xviii) Museum Research Project:
A Research project on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the villages around the World Heritage Site of Bhimbetka has been continuing.
(xix) Forum of Museums of Bhopal
With our initiative, a Forum of Museums of Bhopal has been formed for interaction and collaborative programmes among the museums based in Bhopal. The International Museums Day (18th May) was celebrated jointly with activities in various museums spanning for three days.
(xx) Special efforts were made for the visit of physically challenged children, orphan children from SOS Village, slum children of Bhopal and tribal children from remote areas adjoining to Bhimbetka.
(xxi) Heritage Window
In order to create awareness among school children on cultural diversity and national integration, Heritage windows have been opened in a few schools in Bhopal and Bhimbetka area.
(xxii) Logo of IGRMS: A dynamic prehistoric anthropomorphic figure from one of the rock shelters in our museum premises has been adopted as the logo of our museum since October, 2004.
Memorial, Invited and Endowment Lectures Delivered:
Delivered Prof. Furer Haimendorf Commemoration Lecture at Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar in November, 2015
Delivered the Key note address in the International Conference on Museum Documentation held at national Museum Institute in September, 2015
Delivered Dr. Dharani Sen Memorial Lecture at the Annual Conference of Indian Anthropological Society held at Raipur in Feb. 2014
(a) Platinum Jubilee Lecture for the Anthropological & Behavioral Sciences section of 91st Indian Science Congress Association at Chandigarh, 2004.
(b) Dharanidhar Memorial Lecture at Keonjhar, Orissa, 2002..
(c) Padamshree Paramananda Acharyya Memorial Lecture at North Orissa University, Baripada, Orissa, 2000.
(d) Invited lecture at the International Centre for Bengal Art, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1998. .
(e) Prof K. C. Panigrahy Memorial Lecture at North Orissa University, Baripada (Orissa). Feb., 2006.
(f)~Dr. Adhir Chakravarty Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, Eastern India, Kolkata in April, 2006.
(9) Panchanan Mitra Memorial Lecture at The Asiatic Society, Kolkata in 2006.
(h) Acted as a Resource Person for refresher courses conducted by Delhi University, Utkal University, Sambalpur University, and Berhampur University.
Office bearer in the Professional Body:
Member Secretary, Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA) – the largest body of professional anthropologists in India
(i) President, Anthropological and Behavioral Sciences Section of the Indian Science Congress Association held in Jan.,2007 in Noida,
(ii) President, Archaeology Section of the Indian History Congress held in March 2007 in Kozhikode.
Delivered the Presidential Address in the Annual Conference of Indian Society for prehistoric and Quaternary Studies held at Thiruvanthapuram in December, 2011
(iv) Executive Council Member, Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies, Pune.
Executive Council Member of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (lNCAA).
(vi) Council Member, Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, Eastern India, Kolkata.
Editor/Member of Editorial Board:
(i) Founder Editor, Humankind (Journal of IGRMS, Bhopal) (until 2008).
(ii) General Editor of a series on Intangible Cultural Heritage of India.
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, the Indian Journal of Anthropology
(iii) I was a Member of Editorial Board, South Asian Anthropologist.
(iv) I was a Member of Editorial Board, Orissa Historical Research Journal.
(iii) Founder Member of the Editorial Board, for Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (London).
Life Members of Professional Bodies:
Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA)
(i) Indian Science Congress Association.
(ii) Indian History Congress
(iii) Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies (iv) Orissa History Congress
Indian Anthropological Society
Indian Anthroplogical Association
(v) Anthropological Society of Orissa
Member in Various bodies
Member, Thinktank of the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India for Anthropology
Honorary Advisor to Govt of Odisha for Odisha Craft Museum
Member, Academic Advisory Committee, Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal
Chairman, Board of Studies in Anthropology, Utkal University and North Odisha University
Chairman, Subject Research Committee, Anthropology, Utkal University
Member, Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
Director, Self-Financing Courses, Utkal University
Member, Discipline Committee of P.G. Council, Utkal University
Member, Scrutiny Committee, Utkal University
Former Secretary, Utkal University Teachers’ Association
Former Secretary, Federation of University Teachers Associations, Odisha