Talk by Dr. George Michell on the 'Temples of Medieval Deccan India' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

5 PM New York Time on June 17th, 2022

Dr. George Michell, a Founder-Trustee of the DHF, will be delivering a lecture entitled Temples of Medieval Deccan India on Friday, June 17, at 5 PM Local Time in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This will be the inaugural Usha Subrahmanyam Memorial Lecture, a late Trustee of the American Friends of the DHF, and will be based on the theme of the most recent DHF publication, Temples of Deccan India. Dr. Michell’s lecture will be followed by a book signing in the Uris Education Corridor.

About the Lecture

The Deccan plateau of peninsular India witnessed an unparalleled efflorescence in sacred Hindu and Jain architecture and art in the medieval age. Temples dedicated to Brahmanical deities and Jain saviors testify to the remarkable skills of the architects, masons, and sculptors responsible for these spectacular monuments. This lecture focuses on the greatest religious monuments of this tradition, from the 8th-century Chalukya temples at Pattadakal to those built by the 12th-century Hoysala rulers at Halebid and Belur. Illustrated with glorious images from his book, Temples of Deccan India: Hindu and Jain, 7th to 13th Centuries, scholar George Michell discusses temples still in active worship as well as more remote sites rarely visited by travelers.

About George Michell

George Michell obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for his dissertation on Early Chalukya temple architecture. Since then his research has ranged from surveys of town planning and Islamic buildings to studies of Hindu temple architecture and sculpture. During the 1980s and 1990s he and Dr. John M. Fritz co-directed an extensive survey of Hampi-Vijayanagara.

Seating for the lecture is limited due to Covid restrictions and limited capacity of the lecture hall. Hence, it will be first come, first served. You are urged to register for it ASAP on the Met website. The lecture will also be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook (No login required).


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