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Speakers

Director of the International Institute of South Asian Studies

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 20 May 2022

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

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022)

From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022). The fourth season of seminars and lectures co-organized by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Bangalore International Centre, presenting the pioneering work of scholars in various cultural fields from both the Northern and Southern Deccan regions of India.

The lecture will provide a brief introduction to the early history of the Liṅgāyat/ Vīraśaivas movement, in 12th century Karnataka, including the life of the reputed founder and the doctrinal foundations of this new belief system, which represented a real innovation (both religious and social), with respect to the Hindu milieu.

The core of the presentation will analyse the socio-religious and political role of the Vīraśaivas in the Deccan and their importance as tradesmen. The focus will be on how the economic changes and the social progress (leading to measures of public-welfare) brought about by them has lasted till today.

The final section will explore the reasons for the tensions between the Vīraśaivas, the Hindus and the Jains.

Image credit (website & poster): Vīraśaivas’ objects of cult (the liṅga and the of the guru’s footwear). Mur Śaver Matha, Hubli.

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

 

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Speakers

Tiziana Lorenzetti

Director of the International Institute of South Asian Studies

Prof. Dr. Tiziana Lorenzetti is the director of the International Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS). She graduated from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, she obtained her PhD. in ‘History of the Art of India and Oriental Asia’ from the University of Genoa (Italy). She was Postdoctoral Fellow at ‘National Museum Institute of the History of Art’, New Delhi, and Lecturer in Indian Art and Culture at the Sapienza of Rome. 

Prof. Dr. Tiziana Lorenzetti was also the Winner of Merit Scholarship for Specialisation in ‘Oriental Archaeology’ at the ‘Sapienza’, she was awarded an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship. She was Research Associate at the University of Manchester (U.K.) and collaborates with a number of Italian, European and Indian Universities and Institutions.

Among the publications, articles and books include Understanding the Hindu Temple. History, Symbols and Forms, Studies in Asian Art and Culture (SAAC), Berlin, 2015, Hindu Sculpture. Religion Mythology and Art at the Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho, Sampark Publishing House, Calcutta, 2016 (2nd ed.), Voices of Freedom: Society, Culture and Ideas in the 70th year of India’s Independence. ismeo, Rome, 2020, (editor).