Dr Aditya Prakash Kanth is an Art Conservator and working as an Assistant Professor at Centre for Heritage Management and School of Engineering and Applied Science at Ahmedabad University. He has obtained his PhD degree from National Museum Institute, New Delhi and is JRF-NET (UGC) qualified. He has 14 years of experience in Industries as well as Academics. He began his professional career with INTACH, New Delhi. He worked with Osians’ Connoisseurs of Art Pvt. Ltd. for nine years as a senior conservator. He served National Museum, New Delhi as a senior conservator in the conservation laboratory before joining Ahmedabad University. He has also worked on various conservation and documentation projects such as Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi; Red Fort, Delhi, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai; Golden Temple Complex, Amritsar; Sri Sadul Museum and Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner; Bihar Museum, Patna, etc. He was awarded Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship to do mid-career internship at Tate Gallery, London on Conservation of Acrylic paintings; summer school programme at University of Applied Arts, Vienna funded by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and training workshop on Scientific Approaches to Preventive Conservation (for senior professionals) at Beijing. He has been awarded Getty Foundation travelling grant twice in 2008 and 2016 to participate in IIC conferences at London and Los Angeles respectively.
His areas of interest include chemical characterization of historic and archaeological materials and develop cleaning systems for conservation of heritage objects, conservation of modern and contemporary artworks.
- Currently working on characterization of terracotta from Pre-Harappan Archaeological site, Kunal, Haryana.
- Currently working on characterization of lustreware from Mauryan Period (possibly) from Nalanda, Bihar.
- Kanth, A.P., Singh, M. "Spectroscopic and chromatographic investigation of the wall painted surfaces of an 18th century Indian temple, New Delhi” Vibrational Spectroscopy, Elsevier, 102947, vol. 104, 2019.
- Kanth, A.P., Singh, M. "Vibrational spectroscopy and SEM-EDX analysis of wall painted surfaces, Orchha Fort, India” Journal of archaeological science reports, Elsevier, pp. 434 -444, vol. 24, 2019.
- Kanth, A.P., Singh, M., Pandey, S. "Optimizing the rigidity of agar and gellan gels for cleaning of sensitive acrylic emulsion painted surfaces” International Journal of conservation science. pp. 451-462. vol.9, issue 3, 2018.
- Kanth, A.P., Singh, M., Pandey, S. "An explorative study of cleaning acrylic painted surfaces with concentrated polyelectrolyte xanthan hydrogels” International Journal of engineering and science research. pp. 176-185, vol. 7, issue 12, 2017.
- Kanth, A.P., Pandey, S. "Recent advances in gel-based systems for cleaning of works of art’ Conservation of cultural property (IASC), pp.41-50, vol.41, 2016.
- Kanth, A.P. "Plasma cleaning of bronze objects" Conservation of cultural property (IASC), pp.69-70, vol.35, 2005.
- Kanth, A.P., Singh, M. "The formation of a microbial veil on the decorative mural surfaces revealed by multi-spectroscopic examination" in a conference on Preventive conservation and management of wall paintings in historic buildings held in IGNCA, New Delhi, October 16-17, 2018.
- Kanth, A.P., Savita, R.P. "Maintaining standards for preventive conservation: A case study at National Museum, New Delhi" in Annual conference held by Indian Association for the study of conservation of cultural property, New Delhi, Nov. 2016.
- Kanth, A.P. "Scientific Documentation of Indian Modern and Contemporary Art: A Need in Present Perspective” in CIDOC International conference held in New Delhi, September 2015.http://network.icom.museum/fileadmin/user_upload/minisites/cidoc/ConferencePapers/2015/Scientific_Documentation_of_Modern_and_Contemporary_Indian_Art-_A_Need_in_Present_Perspective-Full_paper.pdf
- Conservation and Preservation Science
- Heritage Documentation
- Physical Chemistry
- Environment and Climate Change
- Member of Doctoral Dissertation Advisory Committee at School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University.
- Programme Chair, Centre for Heritage Management.
Center for Heritage Manag, School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Ahmedabad Education Society FP. 4,
Near Commerce Six Roads,
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad - 380 009, India