Pratapaditya Pal, recognized as the foremost scholar on the arts and culture of the Himalayas and South and Southeast Asia, will discuss the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection of art from the Indian subcontinent at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the museum, at 5200 Woodward in Detroit. His talk will focus on “the essence of Indian art and aesthetic as it relates to India’s three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.”

Born in Bangladesh, Pal earned a doctorate in fine arts and history from University of Calcutta. He has written more than 60 books and catalogs on the ancient art and culture of India, Nepal and Tibet, and was general editor of Marg, India’s prestigious journal of art and culture.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures, is free with museum admission. General admission is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. Admission for all others is $8 adults, $6 seniors ages 62-plus, and $4 for ages 6-17. Call (313) 833-7900 or visit

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