AIA Lecturer/Host: Annapurna Garimella
Annapurna Garimella is an art historian and designer who specializes in the art and architecture of India. Annapurna has been a study leader on tours of India sponsored by major U.S. museums, as well as on six previous AIA land tours of India since 2004 for which she received the highest praise. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University, where her work focused on religion, kingship, architecture, and urban planning in medieval India, and she curated a show on Rajput painting at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Annapurna has taught at universities in the U.S. and India. As Research Editor for Marg Publications, South Asia’s oldest publishing house dedicated to the arts, Annapurna edited several volumes on Buddhist art in Central Asia and the Himalayan kingdoms. Annapurna heads Jackfruit, a research and design organization that works in the visual, built, and performing arts. She is also the founder of A.R.T., an organization that gathers resources and promotes research and teaching in art and architectural history, archaeology, crafts, design, and other related fields. Her own published work includes research on the medieval city of Vijayanagara, modernism, contemporary religiosities, and the politics of tourism and heritage. Annapurna is based in Bangalore, India.