Newsletter, December 2023

Thank you for your support and best wishes for the New Year

As 2023 comes to a close, the DHF is excited to announce the latest news and events. We wish you all the best in 2024, and hope to see you in the Deccan in the new  year!

Launching the Mysuru and Srirangapatna Guidebook

Tipu Sultan Museum, Srirangapatna. Photo credit: Surendra Kumar

This DHF publication will be the first to provide a historical background on the wealth of military, royal, civic, and religious buildings found in Mysuru and Srirangapatna. The text, authored by specialist scholars and architectural conservationists, is generously illustrated with splendid, newly commissioned photographs, maps, and plans. Toast the launch of the DHF’s 14th guidebook with these upcoming events, and find all our guidebooks in both paperback and digital format for instant download at the bookstore here.

Book Launch
Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Location: Wadiyar Centre for Architecture
Time: 6.30 pm

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, 17 January 2024
Location: Museum of Art and Photography (MAP)
Time: 6.30 pm

Book Launch and Illustrated Talk by George Michell
 Thursday, 18 January 2024
Location: Bangalore International Centre (BIC)
Time: 6.30 pm

The Regiment de Meuron and its connection to the Deccan

The Garrison Cemetery, Srirangapatna, where fallen members of the Regiment de Meuron are buried. 

As the DHF launches its guidebook on Mysuru and Srirangapatna, we highlight a unique connection between the history of those cities and the Regiment de Meuron, which played a pivotal role in the war for control of the kingdom of Mysuru.  Keep reading >>

Lectures on the work of John M. Fritz at Hampi Vijayanagara

The Lotus Mahal at Hampi Vijayanagara


The late Dr. John M. Fritz was the first American archaeologist to survey the ruins of Hampi Vijayanagara. Building on more than twenty years of fieldwork during the 1980s and 1990s, he concluded that the Hindu god Rama dominated the layout of  Vijayanagara’s Royal Centre. Dr. George Michell gave a lecture on this innovative interpretation in Bengaluru earlier this month and will be speaking in Mumbai and Hampi early next year.

 Saturday, 6 January 2024
Location: PR Gallery, CSMVS (Prince of Wales Museum)
Time: 6:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
Location: Evolve Back
Time: 6:00 pm

Introducing new board member Madhuvanti Ghose

Madhuvanti Ghose is the newest member of the board of the American Friends of the DHF. An Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian and Himalayan Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, Madhu brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Indian art, and Deccani art in particular. Learn more about Madhu>>