The purpose of the study


The NEEM project, funded by the European Research Council, aims at a comprehensive exploration and synthesis of all the major expressive domains in South India—literature, music, painting, sculpture, architecture, theater, and dance, together with the discursive works that sought to theorize and make sense of them -- in all the languages and cultural regions of the south from the sixteenth- to the eighteenth centuries.

Our working hypothesis is that these cultures were part of a single multilingual system that generated a coherent range of themes and novel concepts, and that this eco-system reflects a profound civilizational shift, evident in all the major works produced at this time.