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“Demon as Devotee: A Universe of Detail in Hoysala Sculpture" Talk by Dr Parul Pandya Dhar.
In English at 5.30 pm IST on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Hoysala sculptors are justly famous for the imaginative intricacy of
their carvings. For instance, in the sculptures portraying
‘Ravana’s attempt to lift the mountain-abode of Shiva' at Belur and
Halebidu, the sculptors have artfully concealed an entire universe of
By embellishing their compositions with a microcosm of significant
sub-themes within the larger narrative-frame, they have created a
template that goes well beyond textual narrations of the divine-demonic
In her illustrated talk, “Demon as Devotee: A Universe of Detail
in Hoysala Sculpture, Dr Parul Pandya Dhar identified and interpreted the
complex textures of meaning that such a visualisation yields.
Parul Pandya Dhar is Professor in the Department of History,
University of Delhi. Her work engages with Indian art and architecture,
art historiography, and connected histories of South and Southeast Asia.
She has authored The Toraṇa in Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture
(2010), edited The Multivalence of an Epic: Retelling the Ramayana in
South India and Southeast Asia (2021) and Indian Art History: Changing
Perspectives (2011), and co-edited Temple Architecture and Imagery of
South and Southeast Asia (2016), Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected
Histories (2014), and Cultural Interface of India with Asia (2004),
besides contributing several research articles. She is currently writing
on issues relating to connected histories of art across the Indian
ocean and the arts of early medieval Deccan.
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