Exhibitions/ Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy/ Video and Audio

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy

At The Met Fifth Avenue
April 20–July 26, 2015
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Video and Audio


Sunday at the Met—Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy
Celebrate the history and culture of Hyderabad with a lecture by author William Dalrymple followed by an original performance by Preeti Vasudevan and her dance company Thresh inspired by the life of Deccan poetess Mah Laqa Bai Chanda.

Friday Focus Conversation—In the Footsteps of India's Deccan Sultans: A Photographic Journey
Curator Navina Najat Haidar and photographer Antonio Martinelli explore the Deccan sultanates as captured through Martinelli’s photographs.

Deccan Symposium—Day 1, Session 1: Painting and Pen

Deccan Symposium—Day 1, Session 2: Objects in Circulation

Deccan Symposium—Day 1, Session 3: Center and Periphery

Deccan Symposium—Day 2, Session 1: Imprints of Sultanate Architecture

Deccan Symposium—Day 2, Session 2: Architectural Heritage, Research, and Site Management

Deccan Symposium—Day 2, Session 3: Masterpieces Up Close

Audio Guide

In this audio tour, discover the lyrical and otherworldly qualities found in the rich artistic traditions of the Deccan courts, and find out how extensive trade networks and cultural exchanges at the time influenced the creation of these extraordinary artworks. Curators Navina Haidar and Marika Sardar, Senior Research Assistant Courtney Stewart, and Conservator Yana van Dyke discuss the exhibition's key pieces.

A Parrot Perched on a Mango Tree; a Ram Tethered Below, ca. 1630–70. Golconda. Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Hyderabad