NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Prof. Sharada Srinivasan will speak on "Hampi as Cultural and Geological Landscape-Technical and Digital Perspectives”

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Title: Hampi as Cultural and Geological Landscape: Technical and Digital Perspectives


Speaker: Sharada Srinivasan
Professor, School of Humanities, NIAS


Chair:Anindya Sinha
Professor, School of Natural Sciences & Engineering, NIAS


Date & Time: 03 February 2021 at 4.00 PM



The World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka in southern India, is renowned for the evocative remnants of the medieval metropolis of the Vijayanagara Empire which flourished from 14th to 16th century AD set in the midst of a dramatic natural landscape.  Its rich and varied material heritage from architecture to sculpture, murals and statuary bronze in different collections has lent itself to the application of a range of scientific approaches in its study and representation. The lecture touches upon some insights from archaeometallurgical and archaeogeological studies together with digital approaches (from laser scanning etc) to explore aspects of architectural heritage and iconography and iconometry in metal and stone ranging from porphyritic granite to schist and dolerite.  These include Narasimha and Ramayana images and the portrait bronze of Krishnadeva Raya in Tirupati, the intriguing Vitthala temple complex with its resonant columns and insights on Kamalapur and Chandragiri collections.


About the Speaker:

Prof. Sharada Srinivasan, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru is co-editor of the book ‘Digital Hampi: Preserving Indian Culture’ (Springer). She was past Cultural Co-ordinator with NIAS for the India Digital Hampi Heritage project which contributed to the Indian Heritage in Digital Space (IHSE) Exhibition at National Museum, New Delhi in Jan-Feb 2020, with NIAS involvement going back to seminar on Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Hampi in 2009 coordinated by her with late Prof Settar and Prof S Ranganathan. A recipient of Padma Shri in Archaeology in 2019, her work has also explored facets of geological and mining heritage. She has also been Co-investigator of an Arts and Humanities UK Research grant on intangible heritage of performance and urban spaces.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021