NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "The Untold Tales of Srirangapatna's Myriad Monuments" by M.B.Rajani, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


“The Untold Tales of Srirangapatna's Myriad Monuments”




Assistant Professor, School of Humanities, NIAS


Chairperson:  Sharada Srinivasan, Professor & Dean, School of Humanities, NIAS,    


30th August, 2017, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 9.30 AM


Abstract: The river island town of Srirangapatna was a strategic location for many rulers and dynasties – Gangas, Hoysala, Vijaynagar, Wodeyars, Hyderali and Tipu Sultan, and the British. These settlers left tangible evidence of their presence in the form of monuments dating back to the ninth century CE. Some of these structures are known and well-maintained, while others are unprotected, unexcavated, hidden under thick vegetation, or forgotten. A NIAS project funded by Karnataka Knowledge Commission identified the archaeological expanse of this site using field surveys, historical records, remote sensing and GIS and these findings were reported by Gupta et al (2017) published in JISRS. This talk (and the accompanying visuals) will narrate stories from the field and the lab that convey the excitement and fascination that is the driving force behind such research, which rarely gets reflected in technical papers.


About the Speaker: M.B. Rajani is a faculty at NIAS. Her research interests are in landscape archaeology and geo-spatial analysis for cultural heritage. Her ongoing projects include Geospatial study of Buddhist sites in UP and Bihar(funded by SERB DST) and analysis of landscapes of sites in Sarnath and Mehrauli for book project funded by Prof Fredrick Asher, University of Minnesota. Her recent publications include ‘The expanse of archaeological remains at Nalanda: A study using remote sensing and GIS’ (2016), ‘On the symmetry of the central dome of the Taj Mahal’ (2016),  Archaeological exploration in Srirangapatna and its environ through remote sensing analysis (2017). Her forthcoming work includes: 'Archaeological remains at Nalanda: a spatial comparison of 19th century observations and the protected World Heritage Site' ISEAS, 2017;  three articles in Current Science Special Section on Geo-spatial Techniques in Archaeology, 2017; and a manual on the application of remote sensing and GIS to archaeology (supported by a Homi Bhabha Fellowship).


All are cordially invited

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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] and D. Suba Chandran [], Coordinators of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings, and NIAS Discussion Reports.






Wednesday, August 30, 2017