Explore the Islamic Royal courts through elite men’s ceremonial and traditional adornments and accoutrements from the 16th through 17th centuries. The international tastes of men’s apparel spread from Central Asia throughout the Subcontinent of India. This six-week course will highlight the history, social context and meaning of princely adornment in Mughal and Deccan courts through engaging in-class presentations and stunning gallery visits.
Sudharshan Durayappah teaches in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a published scholar and Cultural Critic. At the University, Sudharshan Durayappah teaches Iconography, Ancient History and Arts of 6th – 9th century Silk Routes, and Hinduism in the diaspora. His publications include, Re-Casting Gender in Hindu Rituals in the Diaspora (2017), Edited volume, World Without Walls: Being Human, Being Tamil (2011), Sacred Play: Nervous laughter and serious playfulness in upstate New York, co-authored with Corinne Dempsey (2010), Radha and Krishna: Gender- Fluid Portrayal (2004). In addition, he also is a history teacher in the Education department of the Royal Ontario Museum.