In this four-part lecture series, Dr George Michell examines the Deccan region in the heartland of peninsular India and examines the region’s most spectacular monuments and arts. It addresses the region’s influences from both Northern and Southern India and the Middle East. The series looks at the region’s most impressive monuments and arts over a period of more than 1,000 years, from the 6th – 17th century, and is the first ever in London to focus extensively on the Deccan.
02-10: Temples of the Early Chalukyas: Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal
This lecture addresses the Deccan in the 6 – 8th centuries CE which was dominated by the Early Chalukya Kings, who sponsored sandstone Hindu and Jain temples. View the video of this lecture here.
09-10: Imperial Magnificence: Hampi Vijayanagara
This lecture examines the city Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagara, the largest and wealthiest Hindu kingdom of southern India during the 14th-16th centuries, which was built up as a showpiece of imperial magnificence. View the video of this lecture here.
16-10: Sultanate Splendour: Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur, Golconda
This lecture describes the 14th-15th century monuments of the Bahmanis at Gulbarga and Bidar, followed by the 16th-17th century monuments of the Adil Shahis at Bijapur and the Qutb Shahis at Golconda and Hyderabad. View the video of this lecture here.
23-10: Courtly Arts: Miniature Painting, Metalwork, Textiles
This lecture examines the sumptuous miniature paintings gleaming inlaid metal objects, and brilliantly coloured cotton textiles of the sultans of the courts of Bijapur and Golconda. View the video of this lecture here.