LORDS OF THE DECCAN : Southern India from the Chalukyas to the Cholas

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  • Pub date:  January -2022
  • Author : Anirudh Kanisetti
  • Publisher : Harper collins
  • Price: `699 
  • Category: History
  • ISBN: 9789391165055
  • Page extent: 480
  • Rights: World 
  • Format: Hard Bound
  • Size: Royal


In this brilliant and critically acclaimed debut book,
Anirudh Kanisetti brings alive for the lay-reader the early
medieval Deccan, from the sixth century ce to the twelfth
century ce, in all its splendour and riotous glory. Kanisetti
takes us back in time to witness the birth of the Chalukyas,
a dynasty that shaped southern India for centuries. In vivid
and colourful detail, Kanisetti describes how the mighty
empires of medieval India were made: how templebuilding
and language manipulation were used as political
tools; how royals involved themselves in religious struggles
between Jains and Buddhists, Shaivas and Vaishnavas; and
how awe-inspiring rituals were used to elevate kings
over their rivals and subjects. In doing so, he transforms
medieval Indian royals, merchants and commoners from
obscure figures to complex, vibrant people. Kanisetti takes
us into the minds of the powerful rulers of medieval south
India – the Chalukyas, Pallavas, Rashtrakutas and Cholas
dynasties, and animates them with humanity and depth.

This painstakingly researched forgotten history of India
will keep you riveted and enthralled. You will never see
the history of the subcontinent the same way again.


Anirudh Kanisetti is a history researcher and writer based
out of Bengaluru and Hyderabad. He currently works
at the Museum of Art and Photography. He has received
grants from the Princeton Center for Digital Humanities
and the India Foundation for the Arts, and his writings
and work have been featured in The Hindu, The New
Indian Express, LiveMint and The Print, among others.
He hosts two critically acclaimed podcasts – Echoes of India
and Yuddha.

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