The Pallavas and Chalukyas were some of the most influential kingdoms of South India. Their art, architecture, and culture were the defining traits of Ancient South Indian history, and their eternal architectural battles against each other resulted in some of the most awe-inspiring structures India has ever seen.
To explore the depth of Pallava and Chalukya Architecture, authors Gurpreet Chopra and Bharath wrote the book "Pallavas and Chalukyas - Coopetition in Stone". This coffee table book is the author's endeavor to bring out the glorious achievements of the Pallava and Chalukya dynasties and their awe-inducing temple constructions which have left an indelible mark on India.
Their creations were pioneering structures that each subsequent kingdom, which followed them, learnt and adopted from. From the shores of Mahabalipuram to the great temple town of Kanchi, and from the capital town of Badami to Aihole and Pattadakal, the authors take the readers through a picturesque journey of the temples of these two great kingdoms.
Readers will experience the temple architecture, the associated iconography, the inscriptions, the dynastic history and patrons for the different structures through this visual treat.This is an enthusiastic and joyful writing on the most beautiful monuments of the Pallava rulers of Kanchi around 700 CE and also the Chalukyas of Badami at Aihole and Pattadakkal of the same time.
In this episode, the authors discussed the genesis of the book, along with their journey of writing it. We then explored the unique elements of Pallava and Chalukya architecture, as well as the most signficant contributions of both these empires. We also delved into the intent and societal purpose of building temples in ancient India, and the other influences in the architectural styles of South Indian temples.
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