City of a Single Stone – Kakatiya Heritage of Warangal
18 December 2019
The Kakatiyas of Warangal are perhaps the least familiar of the regional kingdoms that ruled the Deccan between the twelfth and early-fourteenth centuries. This lecture, illustrated with images by the architectural photographer Surendra Kumar, aims to rectify that situation. Warangal deserves to be much better known—not just for the beauty of its temples and sculptures, but also for its well-preserved urban architecture and its prominence in later Telugu literary works, such as A Lover’s Guide to Warangal and The Deeds of Pratapa Rudra. Other Kakatiya temple sites, including Palampet and Ghanpur, will also be highlighted.
Phillip B Wagoner
Phillip B. Wagoner is a professor of Art History and Archaeology at the Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA. His research focusses on the cultural history of the Deccan region of South India, primarily in the late-medieval and early-modern periods (1200–1600). His primary interest is in the historical interactions between the region’s established Indic culture and the Persianate culture that arrived when the Delhi Sultanate annexed the region in the early fourteenth century. Dr. Wagoner’s authored books include Tidings of the King: a Translation and Ethnohistorical Analysis of the Rayavacakamu (University of Hawai’i Press, 1993), Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India’s Deccan Plateau, 1300-1600 (Oxford: New Delhi, co-authored with Richard M. Eaton) and Heritage of the Kakatiyas (DHF-Jaico, 2018).
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