Discover the richly decorated, imposing cities of India’s Deccan region, testaments to the cultural refinement and immense wealth of the Bijapur and Golconda-Hyderabad courts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Despite the attention given to the Mughal monuments of northern India, architecture of the Deccan—including impressive audience halls, pleasure pavilions, mosques, and tombs—represents some of the Islamic world’s most wondrous achievements. Dr. George Michell will discuss a selection of these architectural masterpieces, illustrated by splendid photographs by Antonio Martinelli commissioned for a new volume on Deccan Islamic architecture coauthored by Michell and Dr. Helen Philon. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Dr. George Michell is a renowned historian of Indian architecture. He studied architecture in Melbourne and Indian art and archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Since, he has conducted research at numerous heritage sites in India, including more than twenty years documenting the ruins of Hampi Vijayanagara with the American archaeologist Dr. John M. Fritz. Among Michell’s recent publications are Mughal Architecture & Gardens (2011), Temple Architecture and Art of the Early Chalukyas (2014), Late Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries (2015), Mansions of Chettinad (2017), and Buddhist Rock-Cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats (2017).