British Association for South Asian Studies

Research Groups

PRASADA (Practice, Research and Advancement in South Asian Design and Architecture)

Convenor: Prof. Adam Hardy (Cardiff University)


The aim of PRASADA is to integrate academic research with creative practice in the architecture, visual arts and material culture of South Asia and its diaspora, through research projects and publications, design consultancy work, teaching and postgraduate research programmes.

PRASADA is based at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. The core research group listed below are attached to a number of institutions, and are linked to a wide network of scholars, artists and designers:

Dr Crispin Branfoot (SOAS)
Professor Anna L. Dallapiccola (Honorary Professor, Edinburgh University)
Dr Eiluned Edwards (Victoria and Albert Museum/London College of Fashion)
Dr Fatima Zahra Hassan (London)
Professor Ajay Khare (BIT, Mesra, Ranchi)
Dr Ismail Mohammad Khatri (Ajrakhpur, Kachchh)
Dr Elizabeth Lambourn (De Montfort University, Leicester)
Professor Jyotindra Jain (JNU, Delhi)
Dr Shikha Jain (DRONAH, Gurgaon)


The following is a list of research projects (current and completed) undertaken by the group, funded by the Society for South Asian Studies, the British Academy, INTACH UK and the Arts and Humanities Research Board:

Art and Empire under Vijayanagara and the Successor States (Crispin Branfoot, Anna Dallapiccola)
The Social Fabric (Eiluned Edwards)
The Temple Architecture of India (Adam Hardy)
Culturally Sensitive Healthcare Environments (Adam Hardy)
Indian Classical Dance and Temple Architecture (Adam Hardy, Alessandra Lopez y Royo)
Shekhari Temples (Adam Hardy)
Vernacular Architecture of Orissa (Adam Hardy)
Islamic Architecture of Gujarat (Elizabeth Lambourn)
Conference: Traditional Arts of South Asia: Past Practice, Living Traditions
Conference: The South Asian Legacy of Sir Aurel Stein

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PRASADA has been commissioned as consultant to the following projects since 1996 (under the auspices of De Montfort Expertise Ltd.):

Shri Venkateshwara Temple of the United Kingdom , Oldbury
Shree Krishna Temple , West Bromwich
Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, Mayapur, West Bengal
Multi-faith Prayer Room at Leicester Royal Infirmary
Consultancy to Birmingham City Council for regeneration of Sparkbrook (including design of street furniture)
Consultancy to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London, for new cultural centre
Temple and Community Centre for Hindu Cultural Trust Centre, Hounslow
Mughal pavilion in Small Heath Park, Birmgingham (for BBC)
Hindu Temple, Cambridge: conversion of former library hall.

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Some recent publications
MPhil/PhD theses