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Lecture in honour of Hermann Kulke: An illustrious circle of historians celebrate one of theirs
On Thursday, 8th April, eminent historians gathered at the IIC Annexe to pay tribute to the work of Professor Hermann Kulke, who was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions in the field of Indian History just one night before in a festive ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prof. Kulke's long standing colleagues and friends Prof. Bhairabi Prasad Sahu and Prof. Kesavan Veluthat, both teaching at the Department of History at Delhi University, spoke on the awardee's achievement in research on state formation in medieval India and Souteast Asia, and its implications for historical research on state building as such.
The session was chaired by luminary Prof. Romila Thapar, who concisely reflected upon Prof. Kulke's work and ways to take forward comparative historical research on state formation in its socio-historical contexts.

from left to right: Prof. BP Sahu, Prof. Hermann Kulke, Prof. Romila Thapar,
Prof. K Veluthat

The event, which was organised by the Branch Office of the South Asia Institute and Cluster 'Asia and Europe' in collaboration with the  Indian Council of Historical Research, was attended by a wide range of Delhi academia, but also representatives from the German Embassy and German Science Organisations and Max Mueller Bhavan.

packed lecture hall at IIC Annexe

A visibly moved Prof. Kulke said between wine, snacks and chats on the terrace: "This gathering of friends and colleagues on my behalf means as much to me as the winning of the prize itself".

Posted on 09 Apr 2010
Prof. Hermann Kulke honoured with Padma Shree Award
On April 7th, eminent German Historian and Indologist Prof. Dr. Hermann Kulke was awarded the Padma Shree Prize in a festive ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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The Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree Awards are endowed by the Indian Government for outstanding contributions in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Literature, Science, Medicine, Sports, Industry, social service and public life.
Prof. Dr. Kulke  is Professor Emeritus at the Historical Seminar of the University of Kiel, Germany. He has taught and researched at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg for 21 years, from 1967 to 1988, and contributed to landmark research projects like the Orissa Project.
Prof. Kulke has directed the SAI branch office in New Delhi in 1978/79.
Our cordial congratulations!

Posted on 07 Apr 2010
Temple-State-Integration. A lecture in honour of Prof. Hermann Kulke
Thursday, 8 April 2010 6:30 pm
Lecture Hall 3, IIC Annexe

Posted on 09 Apr 2010

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