The Architecture of India

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About This Capsule

India is home to a myriad of structures that tell the stories of their era. The concept and nature of these architectural examples vary from region to region. Indian architecture has always been functional and practical. Hence, it is essential to understand the function, connotation, and symbolism of these architectural remains. This course shall take the viewer on an informative and entertaining journey to understand the architectural styles in India.


Who is eligible?

Any person wishing to know more about Indian knowledge and culture is eligible for the course.

How long will it need?

It will take approx. 2 hours to complete the course.

What will I get?

Viewers are rewarded with a course completion certificate authorised by ICCR and SPPU.

How much will I have to pay?

All the program topics are free of charge for viewing.

What will I learn?

  • Explore Indian architecture as a combination of symbolism and function
  • Study evolution of Indian architecture from Sindhu – Saraswati Civilization to Modern era
  • Learn about rock-cut or structural architecture with religious influences.

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About Subject Expert

Dr. Manjiri Bhalerao

Dr. Manjiri Bhalerao is currently working as an Associate Professor of Indology in Shri Balmukund Lohia, Centre of Sanskrit & Indological Studies, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. She has taken training in History, Archaeology, Indology, Prakrit, and Sanskrit. Her areas of research are Buddhism, Ancient Indian Art & Architecture, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Iconography, ancient Indian literature, etc. She has been a recipient of the University Grant Commission’s Junior and Senior Research Fellowships. She has completed research projects for the mission of the Nehru Trust for Indian Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, to work in India and of the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai. Currently, she is working on a major research project awarded by the ICHR. She has worked as a member of the Editorial Board for History textbooks for the Govt. of Maharashtra and for the Gazetteer Department, Govt. of Maharashtra. She is also a member of the Board of Studies of many universities. She has participated in 21 International, 27 National, and 10 regional seminars and has presented research papers. Her publications include 3 books (as a co-author), and 27 research articles. She is currently on the Regional Advisory Board of the ICCR at Pune.