BENGALURU: Was a stepped tank seen at Hampi dismantled and taken to the heritage site from Dharwad?
Questions such as this were raised at a talk – Cities of Victory: The Afterlife of Chalukya Architecture at Vijayanagara and Bijapuri – organised by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, at the National Gallery of Modern Art here on Tuesday.
Art, architecture and archaeology experts and enthusiasts came together to discuss some ignored aspects of the heritage structures at Vijayanagara (Hampi).
According to Philip B Wagoner, a scholar in South Asian Studies, the stepped tank near the Mahanavami Dibba at Hampi indicates that it could have been dismantled from Dharwad which was under the Chalukya dynasty and rebuilt at its current position at Hampi.
Citing an inscription on the stone, he said, “There should have originally been 12 more courses of steps from the top which seems to be missing. The locational inscriptions indicate the angle, the part of the tank, the count of the stone, and direction.”
Philip B Wagoner is a researcher who focuses on the cultural history of the Deccan region of South India. He is also a professor of Art History and Archaeology at Wesleyan University, US.
Speaking to The Beacon, Mr Wagoner said, “My interest in Indian philosophy and literature pulled me here to learn better what Indian culture actually was.”
“As budding architects, each and every detail he shared about the ancient times turned to be informative and some of them left us awestruck. The work he has done truly inspired us,” said Soundarya Surabhi, an architecture student from Hyderabad.
Mysuru Maharaja YKC Wadiyar felicitated the guest speaker on the occasion.
Ralph Alex Arakal
I MA Comm