Friday, July 21, 2017

A Chola Game of Thrones, Whitney Cox, 21st July 2017

Tamil Heritage Trust, Dimple's Art Gallery and Apparao Galleries proudly present

'A Chola Game of Thrones'
21st July, Friday 6:30 PM
At Dimple's gallery
2nd floor, Dilmas Square
27/10 Shafi Mohammed Road
Opp Apollo Children's Hospital
(Off Greams road)
Chennai 600006

A talk by Dr Whitney Cox, Chair, Department of South Asian languages and civilisations, University of Chicago, in which he explores a crucial period in Chola' History surrounding the Ascension and reign of Kulothunga Chola. The Chola Emperor Kulotthunga I ruled for a half-century, from 1070 to around 1120; after the great empire builders Rajaraja and Rajendra, he was perhaps the greatest of the kings of that dynasty. His path to the throne, however, was complex. In  1070, Kulotthunga was called Rajendra Chola, and he was one of the three men who could claim to be the rightful king. By 1074 at the latest, he was renamed Kulothunga ("Supreme in his Family") and ruling unopposed. How he managed to go from one point to the other is a fascinating story, which Dr Cox will try to relate in the course of this talk.

Dr Whitney Cox' recent book ' Politics, Kingship and Poetry in Medieval South India: Moonset on Sunrise mountain' ( Cambridge university press 2016)  explores the working of a complex political society that the Chola reign during this period presents.

All are welcome!

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