Mar 12 2018

A Tale of Two Stupas: Buddhist Artistic Heritage and the Forging of State Identities in South India

GLAS Colloquium

March 12, 2018

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


1050 University Hall


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

This talk examines two Buddhist stupas alongside the emergence of Andhra Pradesh and Telagana, two South Indian States created in 2014 from the formerly unified Andhra Pradesh. The first stupa sits in the crumbling State Museum in Hyderabad, the new capital of Telangana. The second stupa—funded by the Telangana State Government and still under construction—reimagines the once-glorious architecture and sculpture of the largely destroyed second-century stupa at Amaravati, now within the boundaries of Andhra Pradesh. Whereas the visual culture of this region’s Buddhist past was employed in recent decades to articulate a uni ed state identity, these two stupas exemplify not only a shift in the rhetorical uses of Buddhist heritage, but also broader developments in the on-going politicization of monuments in the wake of India’s economic liberalization.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Catherine Becker, associate professor in the Department of Art History and an affiliate faculty of GLAS.


GLAS Department

Date posted

Mar 12, 2018

Date updated

Feb 7, 2019