Discovering the Deccan

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23 April 2013 6:00 pm

Three illustrated lectures by Dr. George Michell exploring the building traditions of peninsular India over 1000 years 

Co-presented by the Australia India Institute & Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Lecture 1: Temples of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, 6th to 8th Centuries

The temples of the Early Chalky rulers constitute the largest and best preserved group of early Hindu and Jain monuments in India. Coinciding with the transition from rock-cut to structural techniques, the temples are built in both the Northern Indian and Southern Indian architectural styles, which here are uniquely juxtaposed. Please note the conclusion of the lecture recording is incomplete. 

Lecture 2: Hampi Capital of the Vijayanagara Emperors, 14th to 16th Centuries

Vijayanagara, the ‘City of Victory’, was the greatest of all Hindu capitals in India. Its urban layout and architecture showcase the imperial ambitions and resources of its rulers. The surviving military, civic, palatial and sacred buildings encompass a broad range of building techniques and formalistic styles.

Lecture 3: Sultanate Cities of Gulbarga, Bidar and Bijapur: 14th to 17th Centuries

The sultans of the Deccan commissioned fortified capitals with imposing gateways, luxurious places, and grandly conceived mosques and royal tombs. These diverse buildings reflected the direct cultural and artistic links between the Deccan and the wider Muslim world of Central Asia and the Middle East.

Dr George Michell, author and historian, has made a prolific contribution to scholarship in India and is regarded as an expert in Indian architecture. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, having received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the early 1970s, and then obtaining a Ph.D. in 1974 from the School of Oriental African Studies, University of London. Dr. Michell’s recent publications include The Great Temple at Thanjavur: One Hundred Years, 1010-2010, with Indira Viswanathan Peterson and Bharath Ramamrutham (2010) and Kashgar: Oasis City on China’s Old Silk Road, with Marika Vicziany and John Gollings (2008).