From the American Southwest to India’s Deccan Plateau: John M Fritz at Hampi Vijayanagara

How an anthropologist's perspective helped to decipher the layout of Hampi Vijayanagara’s Royal Centre

The late Dr John M. Fritz was the first American archaeologist to survey the ruins of Hampi Vijayanagara. Trained at the University of Chicago as an anthropologist with a special interest inprehistoric, Native American sites in New Mexico and Arizona, Fritz brought an entirely new perspective to South Asian urban studies. Together with Dr George Michell, Fritz directed a team of volunteer architects and archaeologists to investigate the meaning of Hampi’s city plan. 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 by acting as a mediator in the everyday activities and ceremonial life of the Vijayanagara rulers. It is this innovative interpretation that Dr. George Michell will discuss in this illustrated lecture.



Dr George Michell

George Michell is a world authority on South Asian architecture, and a founder-trustee of the Deccan Heritage Foundation. He is amongst the most distinguished architectural scho... Read More


Bangalore International Centre,
7, 4th Main Road,
Domlur II Stage,
Bengaluru 560 071

Dec 18th 2023, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM IST

All are welcome!