Hampi: sacred India glorious India


Texts by Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat and Vasundhara Kavali Filliozat
Photographs by Bernard Grismayer and Roshane Saidnattar
Edited by Christophe Hioco and Luca Poggi
Milan, 5 continents, 2021

Here you can see, the first review about our book, written by Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed for the Indian magazine Frontline.

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A sacred site

Dating back to the 14th century, Hampi is a place of devotion where the cults of Śivā and Viṣṇu were practised and at the same time a fortified city, the centre of royal power, both a place of pilgrimage and the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. History marks this ambivalence in the name of the site. As a whole, it has always been called Hampi. In the 14th-15th-16th centuries, the kings added a larger city to the already large site and named it Vijayanagara, “City of Victory”.

Hampi is a remarkable and admirable site. The geological environment imbues the space with a magical atmosphere and its majestic monuments carry a wealth of iconography.

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The author

Our book is written by an eminent specialist on Indian art, Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat. During his missions to India, in Pondicherry from 1955 to 1992, and in Mysore since 1993, he and his wife Vasundhara have researched and studied Hampi. Mr Filliozat’s achievements were particularly recognised in 2000, when he was elected member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres (Institut de France, Paris).

Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat obtained a degree in Hindi from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in 1959, and in 1962 a degree from the École Pratique des Hautes Études with a thesis on “Le Pratâparudrîya de Vidyânâtha” under the direction of Louis Renou. He was a member of the École française d’Extrême-Orient from 1963 to 1967. Thereafter, from 1967 to the present, he has been director of Sanskrit studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études. Since 1998, he has also been an associate member of the Centre d’Histoire des Sciences et des Philosophies Arabes et Médiévales. On 25 March 2015 in New Delhi, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherje, presented him with the award called Letter of recognition for skill in Sanskrit letters and scholarship in science, in recognition of his work on Sanskrit language and literature.

The photographs

All the photographs in the book Hampi were taken by Bernard Grismayer and Roshane Saidnattar.

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