In this month's THT Monthly Heritage Talk, we go to the eastern part of the country to appreciate the architecture and iconography of the temples there.
dian temple architecture has been broadly classified into three types: nagara, dravida and vesara. Although the temples of eastern India belong to the nagara type, there are a large number of regional variations, particularly in Odisha which produced three major variations - rekha deul, pidha or bhadra deul and khakhara deul.I
nIn her Talk, Dr Sudipa Ray Bandyopadhyaya will discuss the architectural features of a few representative temples in Bihar, Odisha and Bengal. She will then introduce us to two temples in Odisha - the Varahi temple at Chaurashi, a fine specimen of the khakhara deul and the Chausat Yogini temple at Hirapur, one of the best examples of the hypaethral temples found in eastern India.
r Sudipa Ray Bandyopadhyay is Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture at the University of Calcutta. She was awarded a gold medal for her Masters degree and completed her PhD as a Junior Research Fellow of Indian Council for Historical Research, New Delhi. Dr Ray Bandyopadhyay has authored a book Architectural Motifs in Early Medieval Art of Eastern India, and edited and co-edited several books including those on Nataraja Images of Bengal, Saiva Iconography and two volumes of Journal of Ancient Indian History among others. In 2015, the International Centre for Study of Bengal Art, Dhaka, Bangladesh awarded her an Honorary Fellowship for her research contributions on Bengal art. She is at present writing A Catalogue of Stone Sculptures of a District Museum of West Bengal and also preparing A Photographic Documentation of Early Medieval Temple Sculptures of Karnataka.
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