The Descent of the Ganga and the Ascent of the Dravida

Nachiket Chanchani, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture, University of Michigan

Learn about a temple complex at Pandukeshwar-- a sacred center near a glacial source of the Ganga River in the central Himalayas-- where lithic shrines in Nagara (north Indian) and Dravida (south Indian) typologies stand side by side. The edifices’ forms and layouts and other archaeological evidence date them to the ninth and tenth centuries. This talk will explore how their design and construction denote the emergence, refinement, and dispersion of an idea of India as a geo-cultural landscape extending from the Indian Ocean to the high Himalayas.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103