AIA Lecturer/Host: Annapurna Garimella

Indian art historian

Dr. Annapurna Garimella is an art historian and designer who specializes in the art and architecture of South Asia, particularly India. Annapurna has been a study leader on many AIA Tours of India and Bhutan, and 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. Her own published work includes research on the medieval city of Vijayanagara, modernism, contemporary religiosities, and the politics of tourism and heritage.