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Volume 66 Number 1, September 2014

RAYALASEEMA, The Royal Realm

Architecture and Art of Southern Andhra Pradesh

By:  Anna L. Dallapiccola, George Michell, Anila Verghese

Photographs by:  Surendra Kumar

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $68 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   144 pages, 142 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-93-83243-03-7  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    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.

    Velcheru Narayana Rao

    Historical Background
    George Michell

    Pilgrimage Sites
    Anila Verghese

    Sculptural Traditions of Gudimallam and Hemavati
    George Michell

    Srisailam Wall Reliefs
    Anna L. Dallapiccola

    Tadpatri and Somapalem Temples
    Anila Verghese

    Lepakshi Sculptures
    Anna L. Dallapiccola and George Michell

    Ceiling Paintings of Lepakshi
    Anna L. Dallapiccola

    Tirupati Paintings and Srikalahasti Cloths
    Anna L. Dallapiccola

    Gandikota, Penukonda and Chandragiri Forts
    George Michell

    George Michell

    Glossary of Selected Indian Names and Terms