The Hoysala Legacy: Belur, Halebidu, Somanathapura
20 December 2019
The Hoysalas were supreme rulers of the southern Deccan in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. As patrons of art and architecture, they sponsored a series of magnificent temples, the most famous of which are those at Belur, Halebidu and Somanathapura. The talk introduced the history of the Hoysalas, the role of patrons and artists, the different styles perfected by the builders of the time within the broader regional context, and the themes illustrated in the sculptures. It drew attention to the complicated layouts, elaborate wall treatments and spacious interiors of these monuments that testify to the genius of Hoysala designers and builders.
Kamalika Bose is an urban conservationist, curator and educator with twelve years of experience in heritage-oriented planning and design, advocacy and research. She is the Founder of Heritage Synergies India, a dynamic practice deeply committed towards the stewardship, preservation and management of built and cultural heritage. She obtained a Master’s in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar. She has authored Seeking the Lost Layers: Traditional Dwellings of the Urban Elite in North Calcutta (Ahmedabad, 2008) and co-authored A History of Interior Design in India (Ahmedabad, 2007), The Hoysala Legacy (DHF-Jaico, 2019) and, more recently, edited People Called Kolkata (Mumbai, 2019).
Wadiyar Centre for Architecture,
No. 1011, CH20, Krishnaraja Boulevard,
Chamaraja Mohalla, Mysuru