Architectural and Social Life Reconstructions of Bazaar Streets of Hampi: Vijayanagara Period

  • Mamata N. Rao


This chapter articulates the process, methods and outcomes for conjectural digital reconstructions of Architectural and Social Life of Bazaar Streets of Hampi, a metropolis of Vijayanagara period. Virupaksha, the Vitthala and Krishna Bazaar Streets have been taken as cases to describe the process, methods and outcomes of the proposed digital reconstructions. The methodology for reconstructions is outlined under two major sections; Architectural and Social Life. Architectural reconstruction looks at existing structures of Bazaar Streets and their categorization into typologies. The architectural reconstructions of Bazaar Street look at available samples or instances of architectural elements in the categorized structures of these streets. The Social Life reconstructions analyze clothing style and material culture of Vijayanagara period. Literary resources; Stucco work at Gopurams of Virupaksha and Krishna; murals at Rangamantapa, Virupaksha temple; Lepakshi Temple murals; relief work at Bazaar Streets Hampi and Mahanavami Dibba at Royal Enclosure Hampi were studied. Based on textual narratives from literary resources, conjectural scenarios for Bazaar Streets portraying people, their activity within a selected zone of Virupaksha Bazaar street was visualized.



We thank the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for funding the project ‘Representation of Art, Artifacts and Architecture of Hampi Bazaars from a Design Perspective’ DST No: NRDMS/11/1586/09/Phase- II/Project No 15. The author would like to thank National Institute of Design (NID) for all the institutional support, facilities and the various project appointees who worked at Digital Hampi Lab at NID. We would like to thank the Director NID, Prof. Pradyumna Vyas for all the encouragement in taking this project up at our Institute.


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  1. 1.Senior Faculty National Institute of DesignR & D CampusBengaluruIndia

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