Longitudinal India Trip part 3 – Representations of the Female Form in Hampi by AB Apana


Whilst looking through my files on Hampi, I realized that a myriad ways had been to represent the female form in Hampi.

These ranged from the sublime and near-religious representations, to representations of the female form as the fount of fertility, to the ‘ordinary’ women, the dancers and courtesans of the court.

The Vijayanagara Kingdom had a healthy attitude towards women, and thus there was a courtesans’ quarter of the town, the Shoolai Bazaar, the ruins of which may be seen even today.

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