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The Art and Architecture of the Kakatiyas

B. Satyanarayana Singh (Author)
Synopsis The book for the first time attempts to embody a comprehensive study on the Architecture and Art of the Kakatiyas, a medieval kingdom of South India. The existing historiography on the Kakatiyas only reveal the political and economical conditions of the period from 12th to 14th century A.D. expecting a few contextual references to art and architecture. The author has successfully collected plethora of information on the architectural traits and salient features of the prevailing art traditions as a result became the present book. To discuss the above in the authentic manner, contemporary socio-religious, technological and ideological aspects are also taken into consideration. Various type of the Kakatiyas temples basing on plans and elevations are detailed in the first instance. Elaborate discussions are made in the book on the vertical axis of the temple such as Upapeetha, Adhisthana, Padavarga, Prasthara and Vimanas with their typo-technological aspects. The book corroborates texts and traditions of the Kakatiyas period in building activity along with explanation on terminology which facilitates the readers. In the absence of an authentic work on Kakatiya art, this book offers the art traditions of the both sculpture and painting, talents of the artists and their style. This book forms the source book, not only on the art and architecture of the Kakatiyas, but also the cultural spectrum of the period.
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About the author

B. Satyanarayana Singh

Born on 3.3.1943, B. Satyanarayana Singh passed M.A. from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He also passed B.Tech. (Civil Engg.) from J.N.T.U., Hyderabad and Post Graduation Diploma in Conservation of Historical Monuments (Italy). Ever since he joined in the Conservation branch of the Dept. of Archaeology and Museums, Govt. of A.P., he toured the entire state for identification of historical sites and monuments and protected nearly 100 monuments. Currently he worked as Archaeological Engineer and Head of the Conservation Branch since 1980. He is responsible for transplantation of historical temples submergible under Srisailam project reservoir and shifted nearly 25 temples which range in date between the 7th to 17th centuries A.D. He is now supervising the major projects viz. The Kakatiya Heritage Project and Development of historical sites and monuments into tourist centers in Andhra Pradesh. Besides, he has contributed for establishment of a good no. of distinct archaeological museums in Andhra Pradesh. He has attended number of national, regional and international seminars and symposia and presented paper on art, architecture and archaeological conservation. Currently he is busily involved in documenting the Kakatiya forts in Telangana area.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Art and Architecture of the Kakatiyas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050345
length xvi+192p., 37 Plates; Figures; Maps; Bibliography; Indexes; 29cm.