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at 5.30 pm IST on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Talk in English.
In his Talk for THT, "Revisiting the Martand Sun Temple: Lalitaditya and the Kashmir Style of Temple Architecture", Prof Ratan Parimoo will offer a comprehensive view of the temple, give us a perspective of how the temple has been viewed by successive generations of art historians and conclude with interpretations based on his own extensive scholarship.

The spectacular Martand Sun Temple, located near Anantnag town, stands as a magnificent example of the architecture of Kashmir region from the first half of eighth century, inspite of having undergone much destruction. Constructed as a prestigious monument by the victorious king Lalitaditya of the Karakota Dynasty, the Martand temple became the template of the medieval Kashmir style of temple architecture. Interestingly, right since its discovery in the late 19th century by British colonial officials, the grandeur of Martand temple has been explained as a consequence of the influences derived from Graeco Roman architecture. However, Prof Ratan Parimoo, the eminent artist and art historian, has demonstrated how the early medieval phase of Hindu temple architecture of Kashmir is as much intrinsically related to the Shilpa Shastra tradition-based architectural developments across the different regions of India, as much as the Sanskrit intellectual scholarship of Kashmir is inherently integrated with rest of the country.

Prof Ratan Parimoo is an eminent artist and a pioneering art historian. He received a Commonwealth Scholarship to study Art History at the Courtauld Institute of the University of London. He earned his PhD from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He served that institution as the Head of the Department of Art History, helping to shape the teaching of Art History as an independent discipline in India. He was subsequently the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and retired from teaching in 1996. He was invited to lead the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum in Ahmedabad as its Director.
Prof Parimoo is a founder-member of the Baroda Group of artists. Exhibitions of his art have been held regularly since 1955.  A recipient of several awards and honours, he is internationally known through his critical research, the several books he has authored and edited and the over hundred and thirty papers he has published. He has served on the Boards of several acadmic institutions and professional bodies.
Prof Parimoo introduced the European methodological framework alongside Indian aesthetic theories of Rasa and Alamkara for the analysis and interpretation of Indian art. From Indian textual sources he has drawn on Buddhist, Puranic and regional texts for the interpretation of sculpture and painting..

THT - Revisiting the Martand Sun Temple: Lalitaditya and the Kashmir Style of Temple Architecture by Prof Ratan Parimoo

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