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Old June 5th, 2010, 06:52 AM   #1
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Where can I study Indian Hindu Architecture?

Hi,

I recently visited India. I was wondering if anyone knew of Universities/Colleges that specialized in the study of Indian architecture.

Surely this must be Universities that teach this as temples such as Akshardham are still being built.

Can anyone help me out by pointing me in the right direction?


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Old June 5th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #2
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There are no government-run institutions that teach religious architecture. Most of the work is done by families of traditional architects.
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Old June 5th, 2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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There are no government-run institutions that teach religious architecture. Most of the work is done by families of traditional architects.
Then I must return to India and find these families. Can you provide any insight?
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I'm not sure about other parts of the country, but in the state of Gujarat for example, traditional stonemasons are called "Sompuras". Some of them have become entrepreneurs and started companies that specialize in building temples. Here are some websites:


http://www.sompuratemples.com/

http://www.sompura.com/

http://sompuramoortiart.com/

http://www.sompurasthapatya.com/

http://www.templearchitect.com/main.htm

There's an organization of Sompuras in Ahmedabad called "Sompura Samaj" (Sompura society). Website seems to be under construction:

http://www.sompurasamaj.org/eng/index.aspx
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There is a privately run institute in Chennai, run by eminent traditional sculptor Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati.

http://www.vastuved.com/home.htm
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This one specializes in Tamil temple architecture

http://sthapati.org/
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