Deccan Heritage Foundation Annual Lecture Series

The DHF Annual Lecture is given each year in January by a prominent scholar specialising in Deccan history, art and architecture at a venue in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Past Lectures:

In December 2019 and January 2020, lectures were delivered by Dr Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator of Islamic Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Kamalika Bose, Founder of Heritage Synergies, and Phillip B. Wagoner, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where he has lectured on Indian cultural history since 1987. An inaugural lecture was held this time in the city of Mysore, Karnataka. Dr. Wagoner's lecture, City of a Single Stone: Kakatiya Heritage of Warangal introduced the Kakatiyas as one of the foremost regional kingdoms between the 12th and 14th centuries. Dr. Farhad examined the relationship of Safavid, Mughal, and Deccani art in the seventeenth century in a broader historical, cultural and economic context in his lecture titled, Between Iran and India: Artistic Exchange in the Seventeenth Century. Kamalika Bose spoke in Mysore ahead of Dr. Wagoner on The Hoysala Legacy, the title of the eponymous DHF guidebook she authored with Dr. George Michell.

The 2019 lectures, held in Mumbai and Hyderabad, were delivered by Dr. Simon Rettig, the Assistant Curator of Arts of the Islamic World at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC on The Global Mushaf: Visual Identity, Trans-Regionalism, and Eclecticism in Manuscripts of the Qur'an after 1400In Bangalore, the lecture was given by the DHF's very own Dr. George Michell on Lepakshi:Architecture, Sculpture, Painting.

The 2018 lectures were delivered by three experts in Deccani culture in January. In Mumbai, Prof. Ahmet Karamustafa delivered a lecture on the Libertine Sufis, God's Unruly Friends: Libertine Sufis in Historical Perspective. William Kwiatkowski delivered a talk on the Shahnamah in Bangalore, Iranian Inspiration: Firdausi's Shahnamah in India. The final lecture was delivered by Dr. Sailendra Bhandare on the Satavahanas, The Satavahanas: History, Trade and Coinage.

The 2017 lectures were delivered by different scholars. In Mumbai and Hyderabad, the lecturer was Dr. Pushkar Sohoni of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, Maharashtra. In Mumbai, he presented Temple and Mosque: Reading Regional Construction Practices, and Hyderabad he spoke about the Non-issue of Coins: Bahmani Successor States and Coinage. In Bangalore, Dr. George Michell discussed The Mughals in the Deccan: The architecture of Burhanpur, Daulatabad and Aurangabad. In 2017, we had an additional venue  - in Delhi, where Dr. Navina Haider presented her research on the Kitab-i Nauras composed in Bijapur under the Adil Shahis.

In 2016 Prof. Phillip B. Wagoner of the Wesleyan University, Masachusetts, USA spoke about Cities of Victory: The Afterlife of Chalukya architecture at Vijayanagara and Bijapur regarding the revival tendencies that are evident during the 16th and 17thcenturies in the Deccan and have been considered in the book that he and Richard Eaton co-authored in 2014- Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India's Deccan Plateau, 1300-1600.

In 2015, it was Prof. Finbarr B. Flood of the Department of Fine Arts of New York University, New York, who introduced a new research subject pertaining to the Deccani Art Across the Ocean: Hoysalas, Kadambas and Medieval Ethiopia.