The Kakatiyas of Warangal are perhaps the least familiar of the regional kingdoms that ruled the Deccan between the 12th and early 14th centuries. This lecture, illustrated with images by the architectural photographer Surendra Kumar, aims to rectify that situation. Warangal deserves to be much better known—not just for the beauty of its temples and sculptures, but also for its well-preserved urban architecture and its prominence in later Telugu literary works, such as A Lover’s Guide to Warangal and The Deeds of Pratapa Rudra. Other Kakatiya temple sites, including Palampet and Ghanpur, will also be highlighted.
The event will also see the official release of the DHF-KHT-Jaico guidebook 'Heritage of the Kakatiyas', authored by Dr. Wagoner. This guidebook is the first to describe the sites and monuments associated with the Kakatiyas, their contemporaries and successors in and around the twin cities of Hanamkonda-Warangal. Many of these locations may easily be reached as a day trip from Hyderabad and it is hoped that this guidebook will prove informative and serviceable to scholars and students, as well as to general visitors.
About Dr. Wagoner - Phillip B. Wagoner is a professor of Art History and Archaeology at the Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA. His research focuses on the cultural history of the Deccan region of South India, primarily in the late medieval and early modern periods (1200-1600). His primary interest is in the historical interactions between the region's established Indic culture and the Persianate culture that arrived when the Delhi Sultanate annexed the region in the early fourteenth century. Dr. Wagoner's authored books include 'Tidings of the King: a Translation and Ethnohistorical Analysis of the Rayavacakamu' (University of Hawai'i Press, 1993), 'Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India's Deccan Plateau, 1300-1600' (Oxford:New Delhi, co-authored with Richard M. Eaton) and 'Heritage of the Kakatiyas' (DHF-Jaico, 2018).
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