Pathways and Traces in Southern India

A survey of the Giripradaksina at Singavaram

Works describing a processional circuit around Mount Ranganatha Svamimalai have been found at Singavaram, near Senji (Gingi). Jean Deloche is attempting to define the exact route of the circuit while at the same time drawing up a list of all the edifices which bordered it (sanctuaries, kulams, etc.). The project will be the subject of an article expressly written for the BEFEO (Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient).

A Survey of Fortification Systems in Southern India

Following the publication of Senji (in both French and English) and of Studies in Fortification in India (2007), Jean Deloche proposes to further study a number of significant fortresses in Southern India, including Mudugal, Gandikota, Gutti, Bellary, Palghat and Chitradurga.

Sonnerat's Nouveau Voyage aux Indes Orientales (18thcentury)

Jean Deloche is also working with Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat (Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) on a manuscript by Pierre Sonnerat, the Nouveau Voyage aux Indes Orientales.

The Paintings of Tiruppudaimarutur

Jean Deloche plans to relaunch a project on the painting of the temple of Tiruppudaimarutur he initiated twenty years ago with Françoise L'Hernault and which was never completed. He already has in his possession a series of photographs of the site and the plans of the halls of the entry pavilion. Deloche is intent on resurrecting the project due to the fact that the paintings in the 16th century temple are unique: religious scenes stand alongside profane and historical tableaus "sub-titled" with Tamil captions. The passage of time and the region's heavy rains have done their worst; the paintings on the top floor are badly damaged. Restoration work urgently needs to be done before they disappear completely. A week long field mission is required so that all the images can be meticulously photographed and a map of the site drawn up. Follow up work on the project could be undertaken at the Pondicherry Centre. Deloche would like if possible to work with G. Vijayavenugopal and/or Martine Gestin on the inscriptions, and with Valérie Gillet on the religious iconography. Deloche, meanwhile, would study the profane scenes. EFEO's photo lab would also be involved. The services of the IFP's Department of Geomatics would be invaluable, as would technical assistance concerning the paintings.