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ONLINE: Subterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells with Victoria Lautman


India’s palaces, forts, temples, and tombs are on every tourist itinerary and in every guidebook. But the country’s magnificent subterranean stepwells remain largely unknown both within and outside the country. These unique water-harvesting structures - marvels of architecture, engineering, and art - proliferated throughout the subcontinent for over a millennium, but eventually faded into oblivion by the 19th century.

Journalist Victoria Lautman has spent years documenting hundreds of the little-known underground edifices and her landmark book, The Vanishing Stepwells of India, was first published in 2017 (Merrell Publishers, London). Newly released in paperback, the book and Victoria’s lavishly illustrated talk trace the fascinating history, variety, and current state of India’s least-known marvels.

Q&A to follow presentation.

Ticketed Event: Member $5 | General $10 | LIVE ZOOM EVENT. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to participants at least 24 hours prior to the event time.

TICKETS: Online. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

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March 20, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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