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Chair, History of Portuguese Architecture, Lusófona University of Porto & Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 18 Nov 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Autum 2022)

The fifth season of webinars co-organized by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, the Bangalore International Centre and the Museum of Art & Photography, presenting the pioneering scholarship of in various cultural fields from both the Northern and Southern Deccan Regions of India.

The churches, convents and colleges of Old Goa are among the most spectacular Christian religious structures built outside Europe during the early modern period. Although most buildings have disappeared, the ones that remain give us a glimpse of the monumental scale and artistic sophistication of the city’s Christian religious architecture.

In this presentation, Sidh Losa Mendiratta will discuss how the clergy and the various religious orders appropriated key sites and developed extensive properties within the city, shaping its urban layout. Focusing on buildings that have disappeared or are in ruins, he will show how they had a strong impact on other churches within the city and beyond, generating architectural genealogies. Looking at the abandonment, ruin and dismantling process of Old Goa from the mid-seventeenth century onward, he will demonstrate that the religious orders’ activities were part of the cause for this process, but also the main reason why the city was never completely deserted.

In collaboration with the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, the Museum of Art & Photography and the Bangalore International Centre.



Sidh Losa Mendiratta

Chair, History of Portuguese Architecture, Lusófona University of Porto & Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra

Sidh Losa Mendiratta holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Coimbra (2012, summa cum laude) and is a researcher in the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Since 2012, he holds the chair of History of Portuguese Architecture, in the Department of Architecture of Lusófona University of Porto. Specializing in cultural heritage of Portuguese influence in South Asia, he has conducted twenty-seven georeferenced topographic surveys of archaeological sites in India, in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India.