Many cities across Asia are considered to be ‘cosmic cities’, the divine or heavenly order being recreated in architectural or urban form on earth. In India a number of cities embody this conception, both ancient foundations such as Varanasi (Benares) and new cities such as Jaipur. In this lecture the idea of the city as a sacred centre will be explored in the Tamil region of southern India where temples dominate the urban fabric of many pre-modern cities.
Speaker: Dr Crispin Branfoot, Senior Lecturer in South Asian art & archaeology & MA Programmes Convenor Department of History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London.
In partnership with the University of Toronto.