The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award

The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award, named for its benefactors, Navin and Pratima Doshi, is given annually to honor an individual or organization dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines. The award recipient is selected by a committee in the Center for Religion and Spirituality.

The award ceremony is a celebration of culture and diversity, often times featuring numerous speakers and artistic performances. Navin Doshi, while presenting the Bridgebuilder Award to Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008, remarked: “Here we are at a Christian university giving an award to a Buddhist monk from a Hindu family. Isn’t it wonderful that LMU honors all human traditions?” The award ceremony is jointly sponsored by Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Theological Studies, and the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professorship of Indic and Comparative Theology, which is currently held by Professor Christopher Key Chapple, PhD.


2015 Award

“Celebrating Dr. Pal's Contribution to the Study of the Arts of India”

Pratapaditya Pal, 2015 Doshi Bridgebuilder Award recipientThe 2015 recipient of the Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University is Pratapaditya Pal.

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Dr. Pratapaditya Pal’s extraordinary work as a scholar of South, Southeast Asian and Himalayan art has constructed bridges between India and the world through visual culture.  Born in Bangladesh, Pal went on to study in Calcutta and Cambridge before beginning to curate the Indian art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1970, he moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where, according to the Los Angeles Times, he built the museum’s collection from “a handful of items to about 4,000 pieces, giving LACMA one of the nation's preeminent holdings of Indian and Southeast Asian art.”  Since retiring from LACMA in 1995, he has been an associate curator at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Over the past half century he has originated and organized internationally acclaimed exhibitions on four continents: North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Pal is a prolific author in two languages - his native Bengali and English - and has authored fiction and nonfiction, academic and popular books and articles, and has almost 70 volumes to his credit. He was the general editor of Marg magazine for 17 years, has taught at Harvard University, within the U.C. system, USC and University of Indiana, Bloomington. His many honors include a Getty Scholarship (1995-96) and the fourth-highest civil award (Padmashri) of the government of India (1993). In 2014, a chair in Curating and Museology in Asian Art was established in his name at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University.

Program for Sept. 20

3:30 p.m. Gathering and Welcome

4 p.m. Reflections on the work of Dr. Pal
           Ian Alsop, Peaceful Wind Gallery, Santa Fe
           Debashish Banerji, University of Philosophical Research
           Gerald Larson, Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara; Indiana University
           Alka Patel, University of California, Irvine
5:30 p.m. Keynote address and presentation of award honorning Pratapaditya Pal
6 p.m. Reception

The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award, named for its benefactors, Navin and Pratima Doshi, is given annually to honor an individual or organization dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines.

Past Doshi Bridgebuilder Award recipients are: Rupert Sheldrake, Dr. Karan Singh, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Huston Smith, Greg Mortenson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Zubin Mehta and Deepak Chopra.