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A panoramic journey discovering the Deccan

G. Kirtana
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The book showcases buildings that are threatened with neglect and impacted by urban development and insensitive archaeological restoration initiatives, writes G. Kirtana

Offering a comprehensive overview of more than 2,000 years of architectural developments in Deccan and complementing it with details of the elegant European influenced palaces in Hyderabad, ‘Discovering The Deccan’, a book by George Michell and Helen Philon was launched in the city this week.

The book showcases buildings that are threatened with neglect and impacted by urban development and insensitive archaeological restoration initiatives.

The launch event had the presence of Princess Esra Jah and organised by The Park Hotel in collaboration with Pictor Publishing and the Deccan Heritage Foundation. A talk on the aesthetic legacy of the region by the authors also coincided with the event.

On a panoramic journey through the historical landscapes and monuments of the Deccan with archaeological historians, Dr.Michell and Dr.Helen, presented what they believe is India’s best kept secret -- the art and architecture of the Deccan.

The book published in association with the Deccan Heritage Foundation aims at bringing about awareness of the cultural heritage of India within the living social context and surviving natural environment of the region.

It is an impressive visual presentation that includes panoramic topographic views by photographer Surendra Kumar consisting of more than 30 historically significant, but less known, sites in the heart of peninsular India.

An interactive discussion on the ‘Monuments of the Deccan’ was followed by a presentation about Deccan Heritage Foundation by its Trustee, Sandeep Reddy.

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