Buddhist Rock-cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats
In collaboration with the Museum Society of Mumbai
Visitors Center Auditorium, CSMVS
This illustrated lecture will focus on the ancient Buddhist sites near Nashik and Junnar, and at Karla, Bhaja Bedsa, Kondane and Kanheri. Cut into the rugged basalt cliffs of the Western Ghats more than 2,000 years ago, the magnificent chaityas and viharas at these sites are among the earliest and best-preserved examples of Buddhist architecture and art in all of India.
Dr. George Michell has worked as an architectural historian at numerous sites in India, notably at Hampi Vijayanagara. Among his recent publications are Mughal Architecture & Gardens (Mumbai, 2011), Late Temple Architecture of India (New Delhi, 2015), and Mansions of Chettinad (Karaikudi, 2016).