Deccan Heritage Foundation Lecture Series in Mysore, Karnataka

20th December 2019, 6:30 pm

The Deccan Heritage Foundation (DHF), in collaboration with the His Highness Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Foundation (HHSNWF), cordially invites you to the Mysore lectures of the Deccan Heritage Foundation Annual Lecture Series. The lectures are a part of the centenary celebrations of His Highness Sri Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar. The two lectures will be delivered by Kamalika Bose and Dr. Phillip B. Wagoner on,

The Hoysala Legacy: Belur, Halebidu, Somanathapura by Kamalika Bose

Synopsis - The Hoysalas were supreme rulers of the southern Deccan in the 12th and 13th centuries. As patrons of art and architecture, they sponsored a series of magnificent temples, the most famous of which are those at Belur, Halebidu and Somanathapura. The talk introduces the history of the Hoysalas, the role of patrons and artists, the different styles perfected by the builders of the time within the broader regional context, and the themes illustrated in the sculptures. It will draw attention to the complicated layouts, elaborate wall treatments and spacious interiors of these monuments that testify to the genius of Hoysala designers and builders.

About Kamalika Bose - Kamalika Bose is an urban conservationist, curator and educator with twelve years of experience in heritage-oriented planning and design, advocacy and research. She is the Founder of Heritage Synergies India, a dynamic practice deeply committed towards the stewardship, preservation and management of built and cultural heritage. She obtained a Master in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar. She has authored Seeking the Lost Layers: Traditional Dwellings of the Urban Elite in North Calcutta (Ahmedabad 2008) and co-authored A History of Interior Design in India (Ahmedabad 2007), The Hoysala Legacy (DHF-Jaico, 2019) and recently edited People Called Kolkata (Mumbai 2019).

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City of a Single Stone - Kakatiya Heritage of Warangal by Dr. Phillip B. Wagoner

Synopsis - 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.

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).

Venue

Wadiyar Centre for Architecture

The Auditorium,
Wadiyar Centre for Architecture,
No. 1011, CH20, Krishnaraja Boulevard,
Chamaraja Mohalla, Mysuru