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Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture (Volume I, Part 4-A, 2 Books)

George Michell (Editor)
Synopsis This, the fourth set of volumes to survey the temple architecture of South India, concentrates on the period of the Vijayanagara empire during which the Sangama, Tuluva, and Aravidu kings ruled over a substantial portion of Karnata, Andhra and Tamilnadu. However, the volume begins with temple architecture in the decades immediately preceding the foundation of the Vijayanagara in the middle of the 14 century, and continues with the religious monuments of the lesser dynasties which succeeded those of Vijayanagara in Karnata during the 16 and the 17 centuries. Since the majority of religious monuments described here have never been adequately published before, these volumes offer the first opportunity to fully evaluate the architectural developments in South India between the 14 and 18 centuries. What emerges from the different chapters is a stylistic consistency unknown in the region in the pre-Vijayanagara times. Beginning with the comparatively modest projects of the Sangamas, temple architecture progresses to the grandiosely-scaled and richly decorated religious complexes of the Tuluvas and Aravidus. During the same period there is the evolution of a characteristic temple style in Kanada in coastal Karnata and the efflorescence of temple building in another equally distinctive style in the different zones of Kerala. Such idioms bear witness to the vitality of local architectural traditions in South India during the Vijayanagara period. The present volume contains a total of thirteen chapters. Of these, ten are by Dr. George Michell and three by Shri Jayaram Poduval. The volume contains more than 400 pages of text (including prelims), 123 line-drawings, 13 maps, and 570 photographic illustrations.
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About the author

George Michell

George Michell obtained his PhD in the field of early western Chalukya temple architecture from the School of Oriental African Studies, University of London, in 1974. From 1974 to 1977, he directed courses on Asian architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and was the co-editor of Art and Archaeology Research Papers from 1972 to 1982. Since the 1980s, he has co-directed an international team of scholars and students at Vijayanagara, the medieval Hindu site in Karnataka. George Michell has also lectured at universities and museums throughout the USA, Europe, India and Australia. Among his many Publications are The Royal Palaces of India, Islamic Heritage of the Deccan, Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning and Hindu Art and Architecture.

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Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture (Volume I, Part 4-A, 2 Books)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173044368
length xx+382p., xii+570 Plates; Maps; Figures; Reference Glossary; Index; 29cm.