From the coinage of the Kushan dynasty to the vagaries of the barter system, students of St Xavier’s College will be showcasing a series of historical periods and legacies at an exhibition on Wednesday.
The day-long event, to be held in the college auditorium, will feature games and poster making competitions and will be open to college students. Called ‘Desacarika’ meaning a voyage into the past in Pali, it is the first such exhibition at the college.
“There is a misconception that history is nothing beyond dates and chronology,” said Avkash Jadhav, assistant professor at the history department, who is putting together the exhibition. “We wanted to make students excited about it by approaching it through the cultural, artistic and economic practices of the times.”
The exhibition, which will cover the period from roughly fifth century BC to seventh century AD, will include exhibits and models on Indo-Roman trade, the different schools of painting — Mathura and Gandharva — and different styles of temple architecture — Dravida, Nagara and Visara.
“There was a lot of scope for innovation in working on the topic of ancient coins,” said Sharmishtha Bose, 19 a second year BA student. The group of second year students has made clay models of different coins and looked at the influence of Greek and Roman styles on Indian coins, methods employed in making them and how the barter system eventually gave way to coinage.