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To study the urn burials of megalithic period of the Nagapattinam region

This award helped me to do the research on the burial systems, and to motivate my students to get involved in archaeological activities.

The formative years of the Madras Museum

The detailed history of museums has not been attempted much in India, but I had an inkling that such a detailed study may throw considerable light on development of the museum as an institution in our country. I also felt that the Madras Museum, which was in its 15th decade at that time, could be an ideal starting point for such a study because it had been carefully groomed through the years of its existence to attain an eminent position in its field. The first award from the NTICVA to me was meant to carry out such a study of the first gfive decades of the Madras Museum.

Study of the origin and spread of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu with special reference to the Chola country

I felt very happy at the time of receiving the award as my burden was reduced to some extent. For my thesis " Buddhism in the Chola country" I had to cover nearly 100 villages in and around the region. During the fieldwork I was able to photograph nearly 50 granite Buddhas in the area for which the only financial support was the NTICVA grant. I was also able to contact museums inside and outside India to get photographs of Nagapattinam Buddha bronze sculptures. The grant allowed me to carry out and complete this work in a nice manner.

To produce video documentation of museum objects in Tamil Nadu

The project focused on the video documentation of museum collections in Tamil Nadu. It led to a further project for which I also received an award from the NTICVA.