The Hoysalas were supreme rulers of the southern Deccan in the 12th and 13th centuries. Together with their queens ministers and commanders they sponsored a series of magnificent temples the most famous of which are those at Belur Halebidu and Somanathapura. The complicated layouts elaborate wall treatments and spacious interiors of these monuments testify to the genius of Hoysala designers and builders while the carved friezes wall panels and column brackets illustrating Hindu myths and legends showcase the talents and imagination of the Hoysala artists. In this illustrated lecture Kamalika Bose provides a comprehensive introduction to the architecture and art at Belur Halebidu and Somanathapura. The lecture introduces the history of the Hoysalas the role of patrons and artists the different styles perfected by the builders of the time and the themes depicted in the carvings. The lecture concludes with a commentary on the current use and state of conservation of these historical sites many of which continue to have an active stream of visitors.
Join us with Kamalika Bose an urban conservationist researcher and educator based in Mumbai and the Founder-Principal of Heritage Synergies India. She is a Fulbright Scholar a SAH-Getty International Fellow and was formerly Assistant Professor at CEPT University Ahmedabad. She obtained a Master in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. Kamalika has gained international work experience in areas of neighbourhood preservation and cultural heritage through positions at Historic Districts Council New York and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum New York. She has authored five books including The Hoysala Legacy (2019) and People Called Kolkata (2019) and her work attempts to bridge academia and practice in the domain of heritage conservation. Kamalika is the Coordinator of National Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage ICOMOS India.
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