RAYALASEEMA, The Royal Realm
Anna L. Dallapiccola, George Michell, Anila Verghese
This volume of Marg is dedicated to the architectural and artistic heritage of Rayalaseema, the Royal Realm, a name given to the region encompassing Kurnool, Anantapur, Cuddapah and Chittoor districts in present-day Andhra Pradesh. This legacy may be traced back more than 2,000 years, as evidenced by the ancient, enigmatic stone figural lingam at Gudimallam. During the 14th–17th centuries Rayalaseema enjoyed unprecedented political and economic importance. Under Vijayanagara patronage the prestigious pilgrimage shrines at Srisailam, Ahobilam, Tirumala, Tirupati and Srikalahasti were much expanded, and new temples were built at Tadpatri, Somapalem and Lepakshi, embellished with magnificent sculptures and ceiling paintings. Imposing fortresses and palaces at Gandikota, Penukonda and Chandragiri also belong to this era. In more recent times Rayalaseema has witnessed the efflorescence of local schools of painting on wood, paper and cloth at Tirupati and Srikalahasti. These little-known and rarely published sites and artistic traditions are represented in this volume authored by three leading art historians, with specially commissioned photographs by Surendra Kumar.Anna L. Dallapiccola, formerly professor of Indian Art at Heidelberg University, is Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh.George Michell is an architectural historian who has conducted research at many sites in India, especially at Hampi-Vijayanagara. (Sister) Anila Verghese is an historian who has been conducting research on Vijayanagara since 1985, with special focus on art and religion.
ForewordVelcheru Narayana RaoHistorical BackgroundGeorge MichellPilgrimage SitesAnila VergheseSculptural Traditions of Gudimallam and HemavatiGeorge MichellSrisailam Wall ReliefsAnna L. DallapiccolaTadpatri and Somapalem TemplesAnila VergheseLepakshi SculpturesAnna L. Dallapiccola and George MichellCeiling Paintings of LepakshiAnna L. DallapiccolaTirupati Paintings and Srikalahasti ClothsAnna L. DallapiccolaGandikota, Penukonda and Chandragiri FortsGeorge MichellAfterwordGeorge MichellGlossary of Selected Indian Names and Terms IndexContributors