IIT Jodhpur
Talk on "Temple Tanks/ Irrigation Tanks of India" by Dr. Chithra Madhavan

Date and Venue Information
11 April 2019,  5:30 - 7 pm,  Lecture Hall 308

Title of the Talk
"Temple Tanks/ Irrigation Tanks of India" by Dr. Chithra Madhavan 
About the speaker
Chithra Madhavan has an M.A. and M.Phil. from the Department of Indian History, University of Madras and a Ph.D. from the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore. She is the recipient of two post-doctoral fellowships from the Department of Culture, Government of India and from the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. She is the author of seven books - History and Culture of Tamil Nadu(two volumes), Vishnu Temples of South India(four volumes) and Sanskrit Education and Literature in Ancient and Medieval Tamil Nadu. She has written the text for a coffee-table book -Snapshots Of A Bygone Era- A Century of Images.
Chithra has co-edited a book South India Heritage-An Introductioncontaining 500 articles on the heritage and culture of South India. She has compiled two books Kalakshetra Reflections – Sculpture and Srirangam-Heaven on Earthand has contributed more than a hundred articles to the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism.
 About the Talk  
The temple-tanks of India are water bodies associated primarily with religion, but they serve as important water-harvesting units too. The architects of ancient and medieval India had designed and built these tanks in such a way that they are beautiful architectural structures and also serve a utilitarian purpose. This talk will focus on temple-tanks in various parts of India and also on irrigation tanks created by the kings.