The Glorious Capitals of the Deccan

Take a virtual visit to the lost kingdoms of Golconda, Bijapur, Ahmadnagar, Bidar and Berar in this introduction to the landscape and architecture of the Deccan. This lecture will focus on the type of monuments and architectural decoration unique to the Deccan, and will also examine the growth of the capitals of the five major Deccani dynasties, plotting their growth from frontier fortifications to cosmopolitan metropolises during the course of the 1500s.



Marika Sardar

Marika Sardar spent six years at Metropolitan Museum of Art prior to joining The San Diego Museum of Art as Associate Curator for Southern Asian and Islamic Art in 2013. Sardar’s research includes the fields of architecture, archaeology, painting, and textiles, with several publications and a major exhibition on the artistic traditions of the Deccan region of India. She is currently working on an exhibition and catalogue of narrative painting drawn from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art, Epic Tales from Ancient India. Sardar is a graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU (Ph.D., 2007).


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