From the Blurb – The Hindu


From the Blurb, The Hindu, dated Nov 2, 2010

Hampi — Discover the Splendours of Vijayanagar: Subhadra Sen Gupta; Photographs by Clare Arni; Niyogi Books, D-78, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-1, New Delhi-110020. Price not stated.

One of the World Heritage Sites recognised by UNESCO in India, Hampi is known for its exquisite monuments that lie scattered across a picturesque landscape, the remains of legendary Vijayanagar, noted not just for its affluence and military might but also for its art, architecture, crafts, and culture.

In this book of coffee-table genre, writer Sen Gupta and photographer Arni have presented the vestiges of that great medieval city in all its beauty and splendour under eight themes. They include: the landscape and panorama of Hampi today; history of the foundation of the Vijayanagar empire; profile of the greatest monarch of Vijayanagar; recreating the life of the people; the ambience at a unique (Vitthala) temple; and the architecture of the Royal Enclosure and of the temples of Hampi. “For the curious traveller it is a journey into another time and for the pilgrim a moment of solace and peace,” says Sen Gupta, while Arni ends the introductory piece on a rather sad note: “Sometimes I fear that Hampi will turn into ‘Hampi: The Theme Park’, a fear given more credence by the present government’s plan to make such a theme park on local university land.”

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